Life in Romania is a headache

Newsroom 29/03/2010 | 12:28

Some 46 of Romanians suffer from various forms of headache at least once a month. Of these, more than half say their head hurts weekly. But four out of ten Romanians say they hardly ever get a headache, according to the Omnibus study carried out by GfK Romania in February on 1,641 respondents.

The frequency of headaches increases over time. Someone under 30 will suffer on average 1.4 times a month while the over 50s endure throbbing heads more often, at 2.5 times a month.

Groups more predisposed to the discomfort of headaches are women, the less educated, widows and widowers and people from rural areas. The less money a person earns, the more often they will suffer. The better educated are more likely to report a pain in their head after great intellectual effort or heavy computer use. A boring or stressful working environment, one with tight deadlines or tense relations with a boss or colleagues also has people reaching for the painkillers more often.

The most frequent symptoms associated with headaches are dizziness (in 26 percent of cases), anxiety (15 percent), sight problems (13 percent), and difficulty concentrating, nausea, loss of appetite and motion difficulties (11 percent each).

Of those who seek treatment for the condition, 90 percent usually opt for medication while 10 percent prefer natural remedies.

Otilia Haraga

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