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Chronic Daily Headache

Chronic Daily Headache Causes

Causes of the condition are not well understood. Various underlying diseases or conditions may cause chronic daily headaches. Such underlying cause may include meningitis, pinched nerves in the neck, brain tumor, or traumatic brain injury. However, the condition usually does no have an underlying physical cause.

Chronic Daily Headache Definition

Chronic daily headaches are incessant head pains experienced daily occur at least 15 days a month, for more than three months.

Chronic Daily Headache Diagnosis

Doctors ask about the headaches, such questions include the start of the headache and how it felt like. Patients may also be asked the medications they are taking. Doctors may also conduct physical examination for signs of illness, infection, or neurological problems. Blood or urine tests may also be performed if the cause is uncertain. These tests identify possible underlying medical conditions. Sometimes doctors may also recommend imaging studies such as an X-ray, CT, or MRI scans.

Chronic Daily Headache Symptoms and Signs

The signs and symptoms of the condition depend on the specific type. Chronic migraine may be affected with moderate to sever pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head, which may also include nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. Chronic tension-type headache hurts both sides of the head.

Chronic Daily Headache Treatment

Treating the underlying diseases or conditions of chronic daily headaches usually stops the condition. However, treatment is focused on preventing the pain if there are no underlying diseases or conditions. The type of headache determines the strategy of prevention. Chronic daily headaches sometimes resist all medications. Thus, complementary or alternative therapies are used by many people such as acupuncture, meditation, massage, herbs, vitamins and minerals, and chiropractic care.

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