Headache and smartphone use
Smartphone use in patients with primary headache is connected to more medication use and less pain relief, new research shows.
In a new study (Neurology Clinical Practice) the ivestigators found 96% of patients with headache who used smartphones took pain relievers compared to 81% of their counterparts with headache who did not use smartphones.
Furthermore, smartphone users reported they received less pain relief from analgesics vs those who did not use smartphones - with 84% of smartphone users reporting moderate or complete relief of headache pain vs 94% of non-users.
Smartphone technology is advancing at a rapid rate and excessive engagement with these devices is raising health concerns.
The investigators identified 400 patients aged ≥ 14 years with primary headache, which includes migraine, tension headache, and other headache types.
Participants were divided into two groups - non-smartphone users (NSUs) and smartphone users (SUs).
SUs were further subdivided, with those who scored 0 to 1 on the smartphone addiction questionnaire defined as "low SUs," and those who scored ≥1 defined as "high SUs."
Migraine was the most common headache type in both groups, followed by chronic migraine/chronic tension-type headache.