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

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

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Insomnia (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (3) Chronic Headache Disorder (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (1)

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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Drowsiness 3 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Insomnia (6) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Daytime sleepiness 2 more
How many evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Blurry vision Dizziness 6 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (4 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Insomnia (7)
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Muscle and joint pain 3 more
How many evaluations
7
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Acid reflux Elevated blood pressure 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (3)
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Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Confusion Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 9 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (3) Chronic Headache Disorder (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic Headache Disorder Dizziness 1 more
How many evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
How many evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (4) Chronic Headache Disorder (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Drowsiness 2 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Anxious mood (4) Pain (1)

Data from patients with Chronic Headache Disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Chronic Headache Disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 53
30s 89
40s 99
50s 80
60s 36
70+ 8

Sex

Distribution of sex

83% Female
17% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 80
20-29 years 57
30-39 years 51
40-49 years 26
50-59 years 9
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 197
Not Diagnosed 69

These charts show data from Chronic Headache Disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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