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surgery in the winter
  Thorpe-le-Soken Surgery
 

High Street
Thorpe-le-Soken
Essex
CO16 0EA
 
Branch surgery at Kirby Cross             
 
Tel: 01255 861850       Email: thorpelesoken.surgery@nhs.net

 

 

Dr Carla Mahmoud  

 

Dr Mathew Kattukaran  


Headache


Headache is very common and generally occurs as a heaviness over the eyes, an aching in the head and tenderness over the scalp or a tight band around the head.


A wide range of painkillers is available from pharmacies – aspirin, paracetamol, codeine or combinations of these.  If a particular drug or combination does not work for you, try a different one on the next occasion.

Headache is often associated with viral illnesses such as colds and flu.  Headache is not usually associated with high blood pressure.


Contact the doctor when the surgery is open if:

  • the headache lasts for more than 2 days
  • the headache carried on even though other cold symptoms have settled

Contact the doctor straight away if:

  • the headache comes on usually suddenly
  • the headache is particularly severe
  • the headache is associated with a stiff neck
  • the headache occurs in a patient who is obviously severely unwell.

Head Injury


Head injuries in children are common and usually trivial.  The accompanying soft tissue swelling can be minimised by applying a cold pack (such as a packet of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) as soon as possible after the injury has occurred.  Paracetamol will also help the subsequent headache.


In children it is not possible to force them to stay awake at times when they would normally be asleep, but they should stir if roused at intervals.


Contact the doctor when the surgery is open if:

  • the headache doesn’t settle in a few days

  • the patient experiences difficulty in concentrating or changes in personality over subsequent days or weeks.

Contact the doctor straight away if:

  • you are unsure whether the symptoms are significant

Attend the Accident & Emergency Department

  • if the patient was knocked out, does not remember the event, vomits more than once, has a fit or becomes unexpectedly drowsy.

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