Headaches are so common that they usually do not cause much worry, but some people experience headaches more often than others. They are probably suffering from chronic daily headaches that afflict them for more than 15 days in a month and last for at least three months in a year. The nature of chronic daily headaches makes them one of the most debilitating of all forms of headaches and physicians readily agree that these present some of the most difficult headache cases to treat.
Chronic daily headaches are not caused by any underlying medical condition and can last for long or short periods of time, that is, for more or less than four hours. Chronic daily headaches that last for four hours or more are in turn, divided into four kinds:
• Chronic Migraine
These headaches stem from episodic migraines without aura and are accompanied by symptoms like moderate to severe bouts of pulsating pain that affects only one side of the head and is intensified by regular physical activity. Chronic daily headaches of this type may also cause feelings of nausea and heightened sensitivity to light and sound.
• Chronic Tension-Type Headaches
Chronic daily headaches of this type stem from tension headaches of the episodic nature where the symptoms may range from pain on both sides of the head to mild or moderate pain that feels like pressing onto the head. Some sufferers may also experience mild nausea and increased sensitivity to light and sound.
• New Daily Persistent Headaches
These headaches are similar in nature to the chronic tension-type headaches except that they become a constant feature within a few days after you experience the first headache.
• Hemicrania Continua
Headaches of this nature manifest in a constant pain on one side of the head that lasts for several days with no intermittent periods of remission. The pain is moderate but can be punctuated with periods of intense pain. Some people may suffer from migraine-like symptoms and also develop a runny nose, redness in the eye on the affected side, and drooping of the eyelid or reduction in the size of the pupil.
We, at Houston Headache Institute have a wide range of treatment options to help alleviate the symptoms of these various forms of chronic daily headaches. If you are battling one, call us at 713-467-4082 for an immediate appointment.