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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

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DIAZGRANADOS SANCHEZ, Jesús Alberto et al. Chronic tension-type headache: A new treatment experience. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.3, pp.240-245. ISSN 0120-8748.

Introduction: the tension-type headache is the most common form of headache and chronic one of the most difficult to treat form, causes severe disability to patients and enormous socioeconomic costs is related to emotional stress factors and / or muscle. Therapeutic proposals, which are considered, include NSAIDs, physical therapy, injections of botulinum toxin in pericraneal muscles. Objetives: to evaluate the effectiveness in the treatment of chronic tension-type headache with intramuscular infiltration with steroid betamethasone one deposit plus 1% lidocaine at points of muscle tension level sub-occipital, cervical paraspinal and trapezius, accompanied by physiotherapy, more an educational process to patients and families. Materials and methods: retrospective study where treatment effectiveness was measured using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Data were analyzed in SPSS using percentages, frequencies and proportions. Results: total 138 cases of chronic daily headache tension type, mean age 51 years, 76.8% female, 21% is associated with anxiety disorder, 8.7% giddy feeling and 8.7% depressive symptoms, 8% type insomnia sleep disorders. 78.2% of patients reported improvement with the proposed treatment, of these, 85.5% of cases were quantified according to VAS, 66.8% showed improvement between 7 and 10 points; the highest percentage was asymptomatic for 3 months, 22.5% seizure-free for the total up of 7 months, 58.7% relapsed. Conclusion: it is evident that the combination of intramuscular injections of lidocaine plus Betamethasone more Physiotherapy and a process of education of medical staff to patients and families, is an effective treatment without adverse effects in the management of chronic tension headache, considered one of the most difficult to treat.

Keywords : Chronic Headache; Education; Steroids; Intramuscular Injection; Physiotherapy (MeSH).

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