Tech-savvy teenagers tend to suffer from headaches

Kolkata: An increasing number of computer-savvy teenagers are suffering from acute headaches which neurologists attribute to prolonged stress on the eye and brain.

"Increasing use of computers, laptops, video games and other electronic gadgets are triggering acute headaches among teenagers in major cities of India," neurologists at the Fortis Hospital here said.

They said that though no systematic study has been conducted on the issue, prevalence of headache is found to be around 47 per cent globally and is nearly identical in India too.

"Of this, tension type headache is most prevalent, followed by migraine-generated headache."

Fortis hospitals launched a comprehensive centre for effective treatment and management of headaches by opening a `Headache Clinic` at the city`s eastern outskirt of Anandapur yesterday.

Advising that headaches accompanied by persisting fever and steady weight loss should be taken care of and referred to the doctors for advice, neurologist Amit Halder said that this common problem should not be neglected as headache is a symptom and can itself be a disease.

"Watch the duration of the headache. If it is for a prolonged period of time, it is advisable to see a doctor," according to another neurologist Debasish Chakraborty.

He said a detailed proper diagnosis of all types of headache is required and in case of chronic or recurrent headache, investigating with the EEG, CT/MRI scan and SPECT scans should be done to validate serious issues of the possibility of brain tumour.

"Introducing non-pharmacological measures such as lifestyle modification biofeedback and proper counselling to help improve quality of life is suggested," he said.