Chronic Migraine Headaches

Chronic Headaches
Chronic Headaches

What are Chronic Migraine Headaches?

Approximately 300 million to 400 million people all across the globe are burdened with chronic migraine headaches. That translates into about 3% to 5% of every living person on the planet. To be considered chronic headaches they must be experienced at least half the days of the month for 3 or more consecutive months. Headaches that occur less often are considered to be episodic headaches, but not chronic headaches.

How Bad Can Chronic Headaches Get?

Chronic headaches are some of the most disabling, debilitating, and life-altering disorders because of their unending nature. Women experience this terrible condition more often than men, and specific factors seem to increase the risk of developing chronic headaches. Many mental factors can lead to the disorder such as chronic depression, emotional stress, and anxiety. However, there are many other factors that can also be precursors to the pain. Other causes include poor sleep habits, excessive caffeine, overuse of painkillers, and obesity.

One alarming fact is that two out of every three sufferers of chronic headaches experience an increase of their pain due to taking painkillers. The very drugs that are intended to relieve the pain of chronic headaches will actually increase it. And it’s not just some obscure drugs that can intensify the pain, but the most popular types. These include Tylenol with an active ingredient of acetaminophen, ibuprofen (the painkilling ingredient in Advil, Motrin IB, and others), and even standard aspirin. Many times headaches can be stopped simply by the discontinuance of these medications.

Most people will experience a migraine headache, tension headache, sinus headache, or some other type of a headache on an occasional basis, but chronic pain can often signify a more serious health problem.

Is there More to Chronic Headaches than Just the Headache?

Some headache types, such as the migraine disorder, can also increase the risk of other more serious health conditions. Migraine headache sufferers have an increased risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and many other health disorders.

People that experience three headaches a week or more should see a qualified professional because it’s very likely they suffer from chronic headaches. It is also important to seek the advice of a medical doctor if you take pain pills daily or almost every day if your headaches are continually becoming more intense, if a severe headache comes on suddenly, or if you have a headache due to a fall. Additionally, immediate medical attention should be sought if your headache is accompanied by fever, mental confusion, stiff neck, speech problems seizures, double vision, or rash.

Chronic headaches are often the result of underlying diseases and will not go away until the primary disorder is discovered and taken care of. If you attempt to find the cause but fail, you may want to think about how many painkillers you are taking. If pain pills are consumed three times a week or more, it might be possible to stop your headaches by simply discontinuing their usage. However, before stopping any prescription medication, it is important to consult with your doctor first.

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