One in 10 people who suffer from headaches also have facial pain

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Headaches don't just affect your head: One in 10 sufferers say they also battle a burning, piercing or throbbing pain in their FACE Scientists in Germany looked at more than 2,900 headache sufferers For one in 10 of the participants, the pain 'mainly occurs in their face' Understanding face pain versus headaches could lead to new treatments

By Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 21:00 BST, 21 August 2019 | Updated: 21:00 BST, 21 August 2019

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Millions of people suffer from headaches every year, with the discomfort ranging from a mild irritation to agonising pain that leaves them bedbound.

But a study of 2,900 headache sufferers revealed that for one in 10, the burning, piercing or throbbing sensation occurs 'mainly in the face'. 

Scientists from the University of Hamburg hope understanding the difference between facial pain and headaches will lead to new treatments.  

One in 10 headache sufferers 'mainly feel the pain in their face', research suggests (stock)

One in 10 headache sufferers 'mainly feel the pain in their face', research suggests (stock)

'Facial pain has not been well recognised as a symptom of headache, and some people end up waiting a long time for a proper diagnosis and treatment,' lead author Dr Arne May said.

'This study shows facial pain is not uncommon and for many people their pain occurs mainly in the face, not the head.

'For a better understanding of these types of facial pain and ultimately for the development of treatments, it's crucial we understand more about facial pain.

'[This includes knowing] whether it is the same disease as the headache, but showing up in a different place, or whether they are two different syndromes.'

Around half of all adults around the world have suffered from at least one headache in the past year, according to the World Health Organization. 

As well as causing personal suffering, headaches have been linked to anxiety, financial loss and unemployment. A person's family and social life may also be affected. 

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