A very simple feeling that is often disregarded by women as long as it’s still bearable with be headaches. Women who often prioritize their family’s needs over them are very vulnerable at this feeling but still opt to keep it to themselves rather than seek for treatment. They often don’t take headaches seriously in which can lead to serious illness especially when headaches became part of your daily life that you only have few days without it. At that stage, you may be experiencing Chronic Daily Headaches. What is it all about? That’s what we’re going to talk about.
By definition, Chronic Daily Headaches must occur 15 days or more within a month for at least three months. True or primary chronic daily headaches are those that occur NOT as a result form another condition or illness. Chronic Daily headaches are classified based on how long they last; there are those that last less than four hours or more than four hours. Obviously, the once that lasts longer are more serious and thus will be given more attention for this health care article.
- Chronic Migraine is headache that evolved from episodic migraine without aura. Headaches, tension type or both would last 15 days or more within a month for at least three months. Headache may be only on one-side of the head, may be aggravated by routine physical activity, experience a pulsating, throbbing sensation, and moderate to severe headache pain. For some cases, nausea, vomiting or both and sensitivity to light and sound may also be a symptom for these type of chronic headaches. If you’re experiencing at least two of the symptoms, or your headaches respond to triptan (triptamine based) or ergot (ergotamine or ergot alkaloids) medications in anticipation of these symptoms of these symptoms on eight or more days for at least three months, you are experiencing chronic migraines.
- Chronic Tension Type Headache evolves from episodic tension-type headaches that may last for many hours or can be constant. Pain on both side of the head, mild to moderate pain, pressing or tightening pain but not pulsating, and not aggravated by routine physical activity are the symptoms for chronic tension-type headaches. Mild nausea and sensitivity to light and sound may also be manifested with this chronic headache.
- New Daily Persistent Headache occurs as headache become constant within the first few days of the moment you had a headache. These are manifested by pain on both sides of the head, pressing or tightening type of pain that is not pulsating, mild to moderate pain and is not aggravated by routine physical activity. Mild nausea and sensitivity to light and sound may also occur.
- Hermicrania continua are headaches that cause pain only on one side of the head and don’t shift sides. The symptoms are daily and continuous pain (no pain-free periods), moderate pain but with spikes of severe pain, responding to a prescribed pain reliever indomethacin or Indocin and becomes severe at some point with development of migraine-like symptoms. Hemicrania continua can also manifested with tearing or redness of the eye on the part experiencing pain, nasal congestion or runny nose, and drooping of eyelids or constrictions of the pupil.
How those Chronic Daily Headaches occur? The causes are not very well understood especially those which are true or primary chronic daily headaches that do not have an underlying cause. Heightened response to signals and the part of your brain that suppresses pain signals isn’t working are some possible cause by the true (primary) chronic daily headaches. Other frequent headaches may be caused by various underlying diseases or conditions such as: infections, intracranial pressure (either too high or too low), brain tumor, traumatic brain injury, inflammation or other problems with the blood vessels in and /or around the brain including stroke. Some headaches are brought as rebound effect brought by taking pain medication too often such as three days a week even with those over-the –counter analgesics can make you experience rebound headaches.
There are several ways to cure or relieve you from headaches. Just be guided that these complimentary or alternative therapies are still under further research and should be done or followed with proper caution to ensure pain relief.
- Acupuncture is an ancient technique that uses hair-thin needles inserted to some areas of your skin under defined points that reduces the frequency and intensity of your chronic headaches.
- Biofeedback can be beneficial for treating headaches as you are becoming aware of the changes in body responses such as muscle tension, heart rate and skin temperature to control headaches.
- Meditation provides physical and mental calmness to your overall well-being. Stress as the most common cause of headache can be reduced using this method and can allow you to manage your pain.
- Massage reduces pain, stress and promotes relaxation. Though the effectiveness as headache treatment is not yet determined, it was found very helpful if you have tight, tender muscles at the back of your head, neck and shoulders.
- Herbs, vitamins and minerals. Feverfew and butterbur are found to prevent or reduce severity of migraines. Coenzyme Q10 supplements are found to be helpful for some people. High dose of riboflavin also known as vitamin B2 also prevent migraine by correcting tiny deficiencies in the brain cells. Oral Magnesium Sulfate supplements are found reduce frequency of headaches for some individuals but are still under further discussion and analysis.
The best health care for chronic daily headaches is to see a doctor. Though occasional headaches are common, it is important to take headaches seriously. If you are experiencing headaches more than once a week, changes in headache pattern, worsening of headache, regular pain reliever intake (once a day or every other day), and an increase in dose of over-the-counter analgesics to relieve pain, you should check with a professional health care provider to assess your condition. Seek prompt medical care if your headaches follow a head injury, are sudden and sever, accompanied by fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty in speaking, and are getting worse despite rest and pain medication. Doctors can always provide you for the proper women health care needed for your condition. If you are planning to do some of the alternative remedies, better consult your health care provider to ensure your safety and secure the effectiveness of the therapy that you are going to use. You have to know the risks and benefits that you can have by trying out these remedies.
As for you, prioritize your health. Right now, women are having more privileges to optimize their health condition. Do not overwhelm yourself with stress and clear your mind from worries. That would be the best way to prevent having those chronic daily headaches.