Chronic Headaches

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Most people have headaches at some point in their lives. Chronic daily headaches can be painful and disrupt a persons life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this type of headache in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A chronic daily headache is a headache that lasts a long time, usually at least 15 days each month for three months or more.

Chronic daily headaches risk factors include obesity, taking too much medicine, stress, snoring, too much caffeine, and other causes of chronic pain.

Chronic daily headaches usually are not life-threatening. Sometimes they are caused by pressure or bleeding in the brain, but this is rare.

Headaches often last longer when people take too much medicine to treat them. This can happen with over-the-counter medicine or with prescription medicine. Your doctor may suggest taking less medicine, stopping a medicine completely or trying a medicine that keeps the headaches from coming back. This may include taking medicines such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants or muscle relaxants. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation techniques and acupuncture.

It is rare that any single medicine or therapy will completely stop chronic daily headaches. Check with your doctor to see which therapies or combination of therapies might work best for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.