Chronic headache disorder

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What is chronic headache disorder?

Chronic headache, or chronic daily headache (CDH), is classified as experiencing fifteen or more days with a headache per month.

Common symptoms reported by people with chronic headache disorder

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with chronic headache disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
pain (5) chronic headache disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
chronic headache disorder (3) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)

Data from patients with chronic headache disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with chronic headache disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (5) chronic headache disorder (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic headache disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
numbness in face
Total evaluations
4
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness and feeling faint heat intolerance
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for chronic headache disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
acid reflux elevated blood pressure 1 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
chronic headache disorder (3) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (4) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches muscle spasms in back 1 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion daytime sleepiness 2 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Provigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (3 evaluations)
Side effects
blurry vision decreased appetite 8 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
fatigue (3)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with chronic headache disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has chronic headache disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 61
30s 107
40s 127
50s 109
60s 48
70+ 14
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 92
20-29 years 69
30-39 years 55
40-49 years 33
50-59 years 11
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 237
Not Diagnosed 75

These charts show data from chronic headache disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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