The headache belongs to Covid-19, the aggravation of the primary headache that the patient already suffered, that produced by personal protective equipment (PPE) and one related to emotional tension are the four types associated with SARS-CoV-2. This has been identified by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) and the Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid and Clínico de Valladolid.
“The headache that predominates with the coronavirus is of great intensity, which worsens with physical activity and head movements, and can affect the entire upper part or one side. It can wake the patient up at night and will usually be bothered by noise and sometimes lights “, she points out Jesus Porta Etessam, Head of Neurology at the San Carlos Clinical Hospital and professor at the UCM.
In a study published in the Headache journal, experts clinically defined the types of headaches thanks to surveys conducted with more than a hundred healthcare professionals, mainly from Madrid – the majority (73.2%) with no history of headache pain. -.
“Up to 15% of patients (although some studies point to a higher percentage) have headaches, many without fever. Each one has a different pathophysiological explanation and, therefore, management must be differential, “says Porta Etessam.
The researcher explains that, in the case of COVID-19 headache, “anesthetic blockade and steroids are carried out, although there is no evidence as it is a really recent condition.” If it is an aggravation of the patient’s primary headache, the usual treatments are applied depending on whether it is a migraine or a cluster.
Adding new items to protect yourself from infection can also cause these headaches. Modifying the way of wearing masks and protective screens would be enough to stop them. And finally, to treat the headache caused by the stress of the situation, the answer is, at the moment, in the neuromoduladores.
“Most of them give way in the first 24 hours to a week, but a small percentage will not respond to the usual treatments. We already have several patients who have developed a chronic headache», Recognizes the neurologist.