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How much do headaches cost?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

They may not seem like they would be very expensive, but headaches are one of the most frequently reported medical problems, causing more than 160 million lost work days each year. They result in about $30 billion a year in medical expenses, according to the National Pain Foundation.

The majority of headaches are not serious. However, if you are suffering from a secondary headache, meaning a headache caused by another condition, it is possible that you are suffering from a serious condition. Contact your doctor if your headache worsens in severity or frequency, or if you are suffering from other concerning symptoms.

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