Chronic daily headache (CDH) is more of a state of being rather than an actual diagnosis. The definition of chronic daily headache is a headache that occurs over half of the time, or at least 15 days each month.

CDH can occur from migraine headaches, tension headaches, cluster headaches, or even a combination of different types of headaches. Patients with chronic daily headaches may live with head pain at all times, with varying degrees of intensity and varying degrees of debility arising from their headaches.

Associated symptoms of nausea, dizziness, photophobia, and other problems may accompany the symptoms of CDH. Many chronic headache patients can be helped with headache surgery as the inflammatory condition of nerve trigger points may play a central role in their headache and can be relieved by nerve release in headache surgery.


  • How do I know if I have chronic daily migraines?

    The frequency of a patient’s headache rather than the type of headache are the diagnostic factors in diagnosing chronic daily headaches. While these headaches can stem from many different causes, or even no particular identifiable cause, headaches from any source that occur more than 15 days a month are considered to be chronic in nature.
  • How are chronic daily headaches different from other migraines?

    These headaches are actually not different from migraine headaches of other kinds, except that they tend to happen more frequently or even constantly in patients with this diagnosis.
  • Can migraine surgery help with chronic daily headaches?

    Often times yes. When the root cause of the headache is a compression or inflammation of a peripheral nerve, which is very often the case, then migraine surgery can help patients with chronic daily headaches in the same way that it helps other headache patients.

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