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Dealing Chronic Headache
The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more
CDH: Chronic daily headache. Headache is a common disorder and represents a major health problem around the world. Daily headaches that last less than 4 hours are classified as short duration (e.g., chronic cluster, cph); daily headaches lasting more than 4 hours are classified as long duration and the term cdh. Rec. See headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more
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Here is some general information re headaches. See specifically section on "when should I be worried about a headache" and if any apply recommend see a doctor urgently.
http://patient.info/health/headache-leaflet ...Read more
Chronic daily HA?:
Is it chronic daily headache or transformed migraine? If your ha > 15 days/month and is not related to structural/systemic illness the diagnostic is a challenge.
See headache specialist for:
1. Exclude secondary headache.
2. Diagnose the specific chronic headache.
3. Identify medical or psychiatric comorbidity.
4. Rebound headache (medication overuse). ...Read more
Tension / migraine: First eye check . Next -Tension Headache most common reason ( not as in caused by tension but called due to feeling like.tension in the head) . Typically both sides affected. Simple analgesic should help. But If usually one sided, worse with activity, better with rest in dark room, associated with flashes of light or zigzaggy vision, irritated by sound and light then likely migraines. Seek help. ...Read more
See a HA specialist: The first steps in the management of chronic headache is to eliminate the presence of any secondary headache disorder. The key to effective management is to recognize any pattern of over utilization of headache-inducing medications that could result in medication overuse headache. See orofacial pain or headache specialist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
See HA specialist: Management of Chronic Daily Headache: The first steps in the management of CDH are to eliminate the presence of any secondary headache disorder and to diagnose the specific category of CDH involved. It is also important to identify any comorbid medical and psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, and panic disorder or sleep disturbance. See a HA or OFP specialist for evealuation. ...Read more
MOH: Medication overuse headache which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more. It is a major cause of chronic daily headache affecting 1-2% of the general population. The good news it is a treatable condition. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more
Headaches: A herniated disc in the neck can cause muscles to spasm and lead to tension migraines. There may be difficulty turning the neck, radiating shoulder or arm pain, and the headaches worsen as the day progresses. Imaging of the brain and cervical spine is a good starting point to eliminate the headaches. See a headache specialist too. ...Read more
Depends: As with everything else, a good diagnosis comes first. One common reason is taking pain medicines — even over the counter — too often. More than 3 days a week can lead to chronic headaches. There may also be an underlying reason, which should be investigated. Best to see a neurologist or other doctor who has a special interest in headaches. ...Read more
Chronic migraines: Consider cluster headaches, various migraine patterns, perhaps chronic daiiy headache syndrome. However, other problems may exist, and a neurological consultation should help. Meds can stop headaches, and even prevent these. So become proactive and seek out a headache specialist. ...Read more
I often have chronic headaches. Why would my recent headaches be the worst overnight and when I wake up in the morning?
See neurologist: Chronic headaches almost always have non serious causes and are treatable, but you must see a specialist to exclude unusual or serious causes. ...Read more
Can a chronic anxious state that lasts several months lead you into physical pain that has no apparent medical cause? Like chronic headaches etc.
Yes, it can: Anxiety takes a toll on our bodies. Holding in anxiety effects our bodies like steam in a pressure cooker without a safety valve would have on the pot. Sooner or later, the pressure cooker would explode. By talking about stressors and finding solutions, Psychotherapy helps develop a safety valve and protects our bodies from the stress. Consider a HealthTap Concierge consult with a psychologist. ...Read more
I have chronic headaches followed and unusal accurance where what um saying does not make sense. This happens 4-7 times a week. What's going on with me?
Chronic headaches: You are probably having migraines or some type of seizure activity. You need to see your doctor and probably a neurologist to determine the cause. ...Read more
My 19 year old son has been suffering from chronic headaches daily for 2years. He has been on amotriptolene and now topomax. Neither has helped.
Difficult question : True mastoiditis — a purulent infection of the mastoid bone — is ridiculously rare in this day. In my 22 years of practice I have never seen it. I have, however, had patients referred to me with pain around their ears who were told they had mastoiditis who had something else such as jaw spasm. Sometimes patients have a ct or MRI with benign swelling misdiagnosed as mastoiditis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Magnesium is a compound that can help with chronic headaches. Non herbal options: if your headaches are related to tension, chiropractic or osteopathic adjustments can provide significant relief. In some migraine sufferers, food reactions can be a significant trigger for the migraines (get rid of the food reaction, you get rid of the migraine). ...Read more
Yes.: Anxiety that causes persistent distress, worry & interferes with daily life is a serious medical condition affecting 40 million adults in the US (CDC estimate) and many more worldwide. It may lead to other significant illnesses: depression, headache, GI disorders, insomnia & substance abuse. Anxiety is very treatable with medication &/or psychotherapy. Consult your doctor about this! ...Read more
See pediatrician: Headaches in children can have a lot of different causes. Make sure your child has a regular sleep schedule and a good diet with no caffeine regular meals, and plenty of water/fluid intake. Headaches can be caused by allergies, migraines (esp. If other people in the family get them), or many other things. Concerning headaches usually come with vomiting, or occur in the middle of the night. ...Read more
Many possibilities: I would suggest having him see a doctor who specializes in headaches. It could be something serious... Best wishes. ...Read more
Chronic headache a back tension. But walking or excerising I am off balance. Ect. What helps if I can't exercise?
To find out WHY you are "off balance"!! There may bea connection between that and your "chronic headaches" See your Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to a Neurologist!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more