First: A NEW ONSET OF A DAILY HEADACHE COULD BE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE NEVER HAD THIS BEFORE.
Ok..done shouting now. I just wanted to get that point across and if you are curious please read more about types of emergency headaches.
What many people do not realize about this problem is that they didn't start out that way! This problem develops over time and is usually multi-factorial.
In fact, chronic headaches are now considered a form of
invisible chronic illness.
There are actually several ways that a person can move into this syndrome. One is called transformational migraine. This is when migraines are in the process from transforming from episodic (one a month or so) to several times a month and increasing severity.
The natural reaction to transforming migraines is to take more medication! Then what happens? Well, the headaches become more frequent so you take the medication more frequently and...you can see where this is leading, right? Transforming migraines eventually become all run together, and are now a chronic daily headache.
Another way people develop chronic daily headaches is from mistreatment or lack of treatment after head injuries. NOTE: I said head injuries as in multiple insults to the brain. A single blow to the head rarely results in chronic headaches unless the blow was severe enough to cause a bleed or some other sort of damage.
Many times I will evaluate someone for post-traumatic concussions after a mild head injury. Family, friends and co-workers find it hard to believe the person now has severe refractory headaches.
There are many daily headache causes. Some of the more common include:
(high blood pressure), and last but not least, sleep apnea!
Also, if you currently have headaches and the medication makes them worse within a day or two, again this too is a cause.
What items? Lead, carbon monoxide (oh that old furnace!), exposure to paint fumes (professional painters have this problem)and others who work around chemical fumes without protection.
I have had one or two documented cases of patients moving into an old musty house and developing migraines. With further inspection, the walls contained mold, which was causing the headaches.
Regardless of cause, daily headaches are a serious condition deserving of appropriate treatment. While many people continue to search for the best headache medication what they fail to realize is that lifestyle changes play a very important role.
Read more about different types of headaches.