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Chronic Headaches

May 20, 2012

Are You Plagued With Chronic Headaches?

At one time or another, everyone experiences headaches, and we all know how uncomfortable and inconvenient they can be. But there are those who suffer Chronic Daily Headaches (CDH) which occur about 15 days out of every month.

Most of us cannot imagine the intensity, the discomfort and the forced changes in lives that occurs with headaches that happen this frequently.

Types of Chronic Daily Headaches and Their Symptoms:

  1. The headache that becomes constant in just a few short days is considered a New Persistent Daily Headache.
    1. The Pain can be from mild to moderate and occurs in both sides of the head.
    2. Physical activity doesn’t affect it.
    3. You can experience slight nausea as well as sound or light sensitivities.
    4. There is a feeling of tightening or pressure.
  2. The following symptoms occur in Chronic Migraine Headaches:
    1. They occur a minimum of 3 months, 15 days per month and usually have 2 of these symptoms
      1. The pain is moderate to severe, is pulsating and affects only one side of your head.
      2. Physical activity has a negative effect.
      3. They have been known to cause sound or light sensitivity, nausea or vomiting.
  3. Headaches that arise from a series of tension headaches are considered Chronic Tension Headaches.
    1. Pain occurs on both sides of the head and is mild to moderate.
    2. Physical activity has no effect on it.
    3. There is a feeling of tightening or pressure.
    4. You can experience slight nausea as well as sound or light sensitivities.
  4. A headaches that is considered rare and not caused by any other disorder is Hemicrania continua.
    1. The pain that is only on one side of the head may spike from moderate to severe.
    2. The pain occurs daily and is continuous.
    3. It’s symptoms are often severe and may mimic symptoms similar to migraines.
    4. You may experience symptoms in your eyes such as redness, tearing or a drooping eyelid. They may also cause congestion accompanied by a runny nose.

Chronic headaches may be associated with Fibromyalgia.

Approximately 50-70% of Fibromyalgia sufferers experience chronic migraine or tension headaches.

At the Kirkland Health Institute we are able to help you take your life back with successful treatment that addresses the symptoms you are experiencing.

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