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Headaches

About 20 million people visited a doctor for relief of headache pain last year. Statistics released by Headache magazine in 1998 estimate that one out of every 25 people suffer from daily or near-daily headaches. Furthermore, 18% of women and 6% of men suffer from migraines, and those in their 30s and 40s suffer the most, according to Newsweek magazine.

Tension headaches are the number one headache complaint behind migraines. Research has shown that men suffer more tension headaches, while women suffer the most from migraines.

The good news is that most headaches are fairly easy to treat. They usually don't imply any serious underlying condition, disease, tumor or neurological problem, and will subside with over-the-counter medication.

On the other hand, some people suffer from stubborn or persistent headaches that don't go away with rest or medicine. Some headaches may require prescription medications, while others may indicate a more serious problem.