Different types of chronic headaches include Chronic migraines, Chronic headaches due to long term medication intake and chronic tension-type headache.
When diagnosing a chronic headache, it is important to reject other types of headache first.
Possible risk factors of chronic headaches include:
- A history of headache that occur
- Taking pain killers over 3 times a month
- Weight gain and obesity
- Excessive intake of cold and fever medication such as ibuprofen,
- Excess or deficiency of certain minerals
- Heavy metal poisoning
Primary causes of developing chronic headaches:
Chronic headaches usually develop from an existing headache condition.
- Chronic migraines: migraine becomes chronic when it occurs at least 3 days a month.
- Medication: taking pain medication too often may lead to chronic headaches.
- Chronic tension-type headache typically occurs in both sides of the head. The level of pain is mild to moderate and it is common in men and women equally. Chronic tension-type headache is usually triggered by a previous illness or health condition.
- Chronic cluster headache: this neurological condition is common mostly in men. It is characterized by severe headaches on one side of the head,usually around the eye and comes with symptoms such as redness and swelling around the eye, irritation, eye watering, ptosis and nasal congestion. Cluster headache becomes chronic once every attack lasts an hour and occurs 8 times a day, for a time period of at least 4 weeks and a recurrence of every 3 months or less.
- Paroxysmal hemicrania – This is a rare, severe form of headache that occurs mostly in women. Attacks can occur up to 40 times a day and last from 5 to 40 minutes.
- Hemicrania continua – A rare condition that is also more common in women and characterized by continuous,persistent daily unilateral headache which varies from mild to severe.
- Hypnic headache - a rare type of headache that wakes people from sleep and usually begins after the age of 60. The pain occurs around the same time every night and recurs a few times a week.
Secondary causes of developing chronic headaches:
Headaches that develop due to an existing health condition.
- Inter cranial hypertension due to a caused by a brain tumor.
- A viral or bacterial infection such as Tuberculosis or HIV.
- Changes in the cervical vertebrae
- Clinical depression
- Head trauma due to injury
- Vascular and autoimmune diseases
- High concentration of heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum and nickel in the body.
- Excess copper levels.
Instances that can imply on a presence of a chronic secondary headache:
Headache after coughing, weight loss, anemia, neurological disorders and a history of cancer.
Diagnosing chronic headaches
It is crucial to pay close attention to all the signs and symptoms you are experiencing and share them with your doctor in order to get a correct diagnosis of your condition.
Other than getting blood tests and a physical examination done, it is highly recommended to ask for more input from a specialist.
Additionally, it is recommended to do a hair and nail test in order to detect biochemical imbalances that may be the culprit behind your condition.
What specific tests can you do to detect excess minerals or metals?
- A 35-element test to screen for levels of 35 different minerals and metals.
- An element test for headaches and migraines