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Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

Information about Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

We Have to Know about the Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Primary chronic daily headaches often develop in people who’ve had a migraine or tension-type headaches for many years.
  • Secondary chronic daily headaches are caused by an underlying disease or condition.

Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions

Causes of Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

Primary chronic daily headaches:

  • Medication overuse
  • Abnormal response of the brain to stimulation, such as muscle tension or tissue inflammation
  • Abnormal function of brain structures that suppress pain
  • Changes in the nervous system due to frequent headaches
  • Stimulation of the central nervous system due to stress, infection or trauma
  • Genetic predisposition to increased pain sensitivity
  • Injury to or painful stimulation of the upper spine

Secondary chronic daily headaches

  • Inflammation of the arteries
  • Inflammation of the blood vessels
  • A new, abnormal formation of tissue
  • Infection
  • Sleep disorders

Do’s and Don’ts of Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Avoid headache triggers.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Reduce stress, Relax.
  • Quit smoking.

Signs & Symptoms of Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Chronic daily headaches occur more than 15 days a month
  • Migraines-steady pain on one or both sides of your head, as well as pain in your neck and face.
  • Tension-type headaches- a dull ache or a tight band of pressure around the head.
  • A headache due to Infection, surgery or a stressful life event. Pain is often described as throbbing, dull, achy, stabbing or burning, or as pressure or tightness.

Medical advice for Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • You usually have three or more headaches a week
  • You take a pain reliever for your headaches every day or almost every day
  • You take more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter pain remedies to relieve your headaches

Seek prompt medical care if your headache:

  • Is sudden and severe
  • Accompanies a fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking
  • Follows a head injury
  • Gets worse despite rest and pain medication

Risk factors of Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances
  • Obesity
  • Snoring
  • Overuse of caffeine

Treatment for Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Depends on the cause

Self-care for Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

Investigations for Headaches (Chronic Daily Headaches)

  • Lab tests, X-ray head
  • CT scan and MRI scan
  • Eye and ENT examinations
Medical advice for Headaches
Headaches, Chronic Daily Headaches