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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 40-50

Chronic daily headaches


Department of Neurology, Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull, United Kingdom

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Fayyaz Ahmed
Department of Neurology, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull HU3 2JZ
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.100002

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Chronic Daily Headache is a descriptive term that includes disorders with headaches on more days than not and affects 4% of the general population. The condition has a debilitating effect on individuals and society through direct cost to healthcare and indirectly to the economy in general. To successfully manage chronic daily headache syndromes it is important to exclude secondary causes with comprehensive history and relevant investigations; identify risk factors that predict its development and recognise its sub-types to appropriately manage the condition. Chronic migraine, chronic tension-type headache, new daily persistent headache and medication overuse headache accounts for the vast majority of chronic daily headaches. The scope of this article is to review the primary headache disorders. Secondary headaches are not discussed except medication overuse headache that often accompanies primary headache disorders. The article critically reviews the literature on the current understanding of daily headache disorders focusing in particular on recent developments in the treatment of frequent headaches.


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