Chronic headache is a common and distressing disorder that can destroy quality of life. Symptoms include pain, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, smell or touch; affected vision, numbness to the face, hands or feet.
Migraine is the most common form of chronic headache. It can occur just a few times a year, or several times a week. Other forms of chronic headache include cluster headache, nerve headache and head injury headache.
There is no cure for chronic headache but treatments can help reduce the number of episodes. Treatment typically focuses on reducing triggers for headache, which may involve changing diet and sleep habits, reducing stress and using certain medication. Other therapies, such as acupuncture, can also help as part of a multidisciplinary pain management approach.