Top
30
Doctor insights on: Dealing Chronic Headache

Share
Dr. Bennett Machanic
4,306 doctors shared insights

Headache (Definition)

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


2

2
Can you tell me of any tips for dealing with chronic headaches?

Can you tell me of any tips for dealing with chronic headaches?

Headaches: Chronic headaches is vague. The treatment varies based on the type, location and causation. It is important to visit a headache expert to define the headache type so you can get relief. ...Read more

3

3
How do you treat chronic headaches?

How do you treat chronic headaches?

Depends: First you have to figure out the cause of the chronic headaches, then treat accordingly. ...Read more

4

4
How can I deal with chronic headaches?

How can I deal with chronic headaches?

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

5

5
I have chronic headache, what can I do?

Can get controlled: Visit a neurologist, or better yet, one who focuses on headache issues. Chronic daily headaches compromise quality of life and the pattern should be "broken up", and many choices exist for success with both prescription and otc preps. Good luck. ...Read more

6

6
I have a chronic headache what do I do?

I have a chronic headache what do I do?

See doctor: Will need to be checked by a doctor licensed in the US. Will need an examination.

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

7

7
I suffer from chronic headaches at work?

I suffer from chronic headaches at work?

Headache?: If you are having new onset headaches, please be seen by your local doctor. ...Read more

8

8
Do you know why chronic headaches occur?

Do you know why chronic headaches occur?

Triggers: Headaches are always triggered by some issue, such as glutamate sensitivity, in migraine, or jaw, dental, or sinus issues causing tension headaches. A pattern may get established by usage of daily tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Get this evaluated and treated. ...Read more

9

9
How should I deal with chronic headaches?

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

10

10
Chronic headache what could be the cause?

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

11

11
How can I deal with chronic headaches/pains?

How can I deal with chronic headaches/pains?

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

12

12
What to do about a case of chronic headaches?

What to do about a case of chronic headaches?

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

13

13
Can you tell me about the cause of chronic headache?

Can you tell me about the cause of chronic headache?

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

14

14
Please tell me what can be the cause of chronic headaches?

Please tell me what can be the cause of chronic headaches?

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

15

15
What can I take for constant chronic headaches that don't go away?

What can I take for constant chronic headaches that don't go away?

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

16

16
What does it mean to have a "chronic" headache? Is there such a thing?

What does it mean to have a "chronic" headache? Is there such a thing?

Lots of variation...: It means to have a headache regularly over a long period. Believe it or not.... Some people have daily headache and some have constant headache. Specialized headache clinics see many of these people. ...Read more

18

18
What to do if I have crippling chronic headaches, willing to try anything! Help!?

What to do if I have crippling chronic headaches, willing to try anything! Help!?

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

19

19
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

20

20
Can a chronic anxious state that lasts several months lead you into physical pain that has no apparent medical cause? Like chronic headaches etc.

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

21

21
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?

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

23

23
Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

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

24

24
Is it bad to sleep with a chronic headache?

Is it bad to sleep with a chronic headache?

Probably: If it is a chronic headache, going on for more than 2 weeks, not getting worse, no head trauma it is not bad to sleep with it. You must get evaluated by a physician to determine why you are having these headaches and make an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

25

25
Are there any good herbal medicines for chronic headaches?

Are there any good herbal medicines for chronic headaches?

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

26

26
Can anxiety over time lead to chronic headaches and not feeling like eating?

Can anxiety over time lead to chronic headaches and not feeling like eating?

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

27

27
My 9 year old has chronic headaches, is that ok or what could be the problem?

My 9 year old has chronic headaches, is that ok or what could be the problem?

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

28

28
What do you suggest if my dad has chronic headaches that are awful! What could this mean or be?

Many possibilities: I would suggest having him see a doctor who specializes in headaches. It could be something serious... Best wishes. ...Read more

29

29
Chronic headache a back tension. But walking or excerising I am off balance. Ect. What helps if I can't exercise?

Chronic headache a back tension. But walking or excerising I am off balance. Ect. What helps if I can't exercise?

You need: 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

30

30
Chronic headaches with concussions in the last?

Chronic headaches with concussions in the last?

Yes can occur: I surmise that you wish advice regarding headache management, but you do not ask any directive questions. Happy to assist therapeutic directions, so let us know what you wish us to focus upon. ...Read more

Find us on Facebook