Chronic Daily Headache

Chronic Daily Headache

About 3% of the adult population suffers from chronic daily headache; it may be slightly more prevalent in the adolescent population. This condition is not well-understood, although research into this type of headache is ongoing.

Sometimes chronic headache starts up as daily headaches from day 1, and is called new daily persistent headache. In other cases, other headache types such as migraine or tension type headache occur more and more frequently, becoming chronic until they finally become daily or near-daily. Sometimes, chronic daily headache occurs because of medication overuse.

Recent studies have shown that risk factors for the development of chronic daily headache include sleep apnea and other sleep disorders, snoring, and obesity in addition to medication use.

by Christina Peterson, MD

updated Feb 9, 2010