What are chronic headaches?
It has been shown that nine of ten Americans suffer from headaches. The symptoms of a headache can differ greatly in pain location, pain intensity, and headache frequency. Chronic headache is a condition that is diagnosed when an individual has headaches occurring at least 15 days out of the month. The condition affects women twice as often as men and is categorized into four types: chronic tension headaches, chronic migraine headaches, daily persistent headaches, and hemicrania continua headaches.
- Tension headaches: Typically mild or moderate pain on either side of the head. Described as feeling tightness, nausea and light sensitivity can also appear.
- Migraine headaches: Typically sever pain on one side of the head. Usually it is throbbing pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and sound are common.
- Daily persistent headaches: Typically mild or moderate pain on either side of the head. Usually begin with no warning and are experienced on a daily basis.
- Hemicrania continua: Typically moderate pain that is continuous on either side of the face. A runny nose, nasal congestion, and red teary eye accompany the pain. The symptoms are similar to those of tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches.
There are several concerns
that can cause chronic headaches. These include overuse of pain medication, obesity, stress, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, caffeine overuse, infections, illnesses, and brain abnormalities. Another common cause is the presence of pinched nerves.