Headache and migraine pain relief is the goal of BEYOND Headaches

Daily / Chronic Headaches (CHD)

In the simplest terms, chronic daily headaches (CDH) are events that may occur 15 or more days a month, these people feel like they have headaches all the time. However that is about where the simplicity ends.

Constant and Chronic Headaches

Clinicians and the literature divide what has become known as the chronic daily headache into a number of subcategories:

Primary CDH: not attributable to an underlying disorder

  • Shorter than four hours duration
    • Chronic Cluster Headache
    • Chronic Paroxysmal Hemicrania
  • Longer than four hours duration
    • Chronic Tension Type Headache
    • Chronic Migraine (sometimes called Transformed Migraine)
    • New daily Persistent Headache
    • Hemi crania Continua

Secondary Chronic Daily Headache: attributable to an underlying disorder

  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Attributable to Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Associated with vascular disorders such as arteriovenous malformation, arteritis, subdural hematoma
  • Associated with nonvascular intercranial disorders such as intracranial hypertension, infection, or neoplasm,  (Generally less common) 

Additionally, each of those types is typically subdivided into two groups, with and without medication overuse.

OK, enough of the confusing doctor lingo.  We want to steer you away from having headaches all the time.

It has been found that rebound headaches, (commonly called medication overuse headaches), often contribute to the evolution of a Daily Migraine syndrome or constant chronic daily pain.... so we will include "Rebound Headaches" in the category.

Interestingly, studies have shown that medication overuse is less common amongst patients who are treated by headache and migraine specialists, and or participate in the Beyond Headaches Lifestyle. You’re not alone. Studies of the populations of the U.S. and Europe have shown that 4-5% of the population have these types of headaches.

That is amazing, when one considers the ripple effect of 5% of the population being hammered by this blight, and how those people interact with their family and co-workers.

One begins to understand the importance and the enormity of Chronic Tension Headache and the different types of headaches. The number of headache-related consultations has doubled in recent years, and the number continues to increase. Although most headaches are episodic, an estimated 4 to 5 percent of adults have constant chronic daily headaches (CDH).  You may be one of these poor soles who suffer from headaches all the time.

Now, what to do about it, Because Patients with CDH have a poorer quality of life than patients with episodic migraine headaches.

Consider This

Research suggests that individuals with even low grade: Chronic Daily Headaches (which means 15 days per month or more) are more severely debilitated than the individual with episodic migraines.

Determining if You Need A Headache Specialist

CDH is the cause for most referrals to specialist headache clinics. Patients who feel they have Headaches all the time commonly have a history of occasional  migraine that can evolve into chronic migraine.

Regardless of the original headache syndrome, overuse of medication occurs in approximately thirty percent or more of patients who develop daily headaches.

Drug rebound headache, has been described as an “unrecognized epidemic.” One of the primary purposes of the Beyond Headaches System  is to illuminate and then resolve this epidemic.


Learn the Top 3 Self-Help Tips on dealing with DAILY CHRONIC HEADACHES
from Dr. Finnigan, the author of Life Beyond Headaches.

Tips on dealing with Daily Chronic Headaches