Is There Such A Thing As Hijab (Headscarf) Headache?


In 2004, Blau described a headache syndrome triggered from wearing hair in a ponytail. It came on when the hair was tied too tightly and it improved within minutes up to an hour after loosening the hair. The pain was believed to arise from traction on scalp muscles, fascia, and tendons. Now comes a report in the journal Headache of March 2015 of 5 women who never experienced headaches prior to wearing the hijab. They had headaches mild to moderate in intensity, generally throbbing but also tension-type. None had features of migraine. The headaches began 30 minutes to 4 hours after donning the hijab. Physicians should keep this in mind when seeing these patients.

Dr. Florin is committed to treating all patients compassionately with state-of-the-art techniques while maintaining their dignity and independence. He views each patient encounter as a collaboration. Dr Florin has over 35 years of experience. He is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Keck School of Medicine (USC) and is the founder and medical director of the Fullerton Neurology and Headache Center. He has been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association as a Physician of Excellence in Neurology. US News and World Report ranks him in the top 10% of neurologists nationwide.

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