A chronic headache is when you have a headache for more than four hours on more than 15 days per month. Some people experience these headaches for a period of six months or longer.
The constant nature of chronic daily headaches makes them one of the most disabling headache conditions. Aggressive initial chronic headache treatment and steady, long-term pain management might reduce pain and lead to fewer headaches. There are short-lasting and long-lasting chronic daily headaches. Long-lasting headaches last more than four hours and include:
- Chronic migraine
- Chronic tension-type headache
- New daily persistent headache
- Hemicrania continua