Do animals suffer headaches?

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Do animals suffer headaches?
« on: 01/06/2013 09:30:02 »
Paul McGovern  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
My mother gets headaches fairly regularly.

What causes a headache?

Are headaches a modern life ailment i.e. 100 years ago did the same number of people suffer from headaches?

Do animals get headaches?


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Re: Do animals suffer headaches?
« Reply #1 on: 26/05/2013 21:57:21 »
Tension headaches are probably more common today, but in yester-year, headaches owing to trauma were probaly more common, as were headaches owing to infection or malnutrition. As to animals - very difficult to say since we can't ask them and there isn't a simple test we can do to determine whether someone has a headache. But, from what we know of the neurology and physiology of headaches, I'd say it's almost certain that animals can suffer them under certain circumstances.
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Re: Do animals suffer headaches?
« Reply #2 on: 27/05/2013 00:41:16 »
We're animals, we get headaches. Other (vertebrate) animal's brains are organised much the same way, so I expect they'd get headaches in much the same way (if not always for the same reasons) that we do.