Q. I have been getting daily headaches for almost a year now. When a really bad one hits, it lasts for more than 4 days and gets more intense right after eating. I feel like it makes my neck so tender that it hurts, and it feels like I am suffocating when I have my neck against anything (lying on a pillow, wearing a scarf, etc). I have no idea what is the trigger for the headaches, but my brain is buzzing all the time. My joints feel tender in my neck after the headache starts. I did get in a car accident almost 2 years ago and had a stiff neck, but didn’t have headaches until about 8 months after the wreck, so I don’t see any correlation.

Q. I’ve had chronic daily headaches for more than four years. I just cannot get relief. I have tension headaches that typically start at the same time each day. Recently, I’ve been having more and more nausea and visual problems. I fear I may have rebound headache from using ibuprofen nearly daily for so long. I would like to know if there is an invasive but guaranteed method for eliminating head pain so I can have my life back. I’m doing a trial with an implant in my forehead, but I haven’t gotten the results I was hoping for. I am now hoping my doctor will allow me to try again with an occipital area implant.

One in five soldiers who sustained a concussion in Afghanistan or Iraq developed headaches on a daily or near daily basis, a new study has shown. Concussion is a common injury for those fighting in Afghanistan and was for soldiers in Iraq as well. Headache frequently follows a concussion, and a new study conducted at the Madigan Traumatic Brain Injury Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., has shown just how pervasive post-concussion headache is for wounded U.S. troops.

Q. My son suffers from terrible cluster headaches. I read about a rechargeable battery-powered electrode device that is the size of a matchstick and is being called the latest headache cure. When implanted in the back of the neck, it sends signals that reduce the pain by as much as 95% for patients with chronic headaches. Can this device be used to treat people who suffer from cluster headaches?

Dartmouth_College_campus_2007-10-20_09As anyone that has suffered from migraines can attest to, getting things done can sometimes be impossible. So what happens when you’re a college student taking a full-load of courses, working a part-time job, and trying to have some semblance of a social life? I’ve suffered from Chronic Daily Headaches (CDH) for over 7-years now, but I can say with confidence that I am living life as a successful college Junior despite my pain. I’m not saying that my headaches are gone, and I’m not saying that the pain doesn’t ever get the best of me. Being away at college, though, has provided me with a unique opportunity to take control of my health. Here are some things I’ve discovered about my headaches in the last two and a half years at college:

I am a 51, almost 52-year-old woman. As a young child, I had chronic daily headaches. I cannot remember a time or day of no headaches. My first migraine was at age 5. I was running up the side of a hill; when I got to the top, it felt like a bomb exploded in my head. Since exactly that moment, I have had frequent migraines. At first, it was weekly. When I hit my mid-teens, they became much worse, and even more severe with my monthly cycle. In 1976, I had my first CAT scan. Normal. In 1978, I was sent to a pain clinic and was diagnosed with vascular migraines. I tried biofeedback for six months. Since then, I have also tried acupuncture (six months, twice a week), sought help from a dietitian and chiropractor, and had my vision and TMJ checked.

While successfully managing headaches involves using medications properly, migraineurs frequently switch, discontinue or delay taking effective prescription medications or, conversely, overuse or incorrectly combine them. To understand why this occurs and how healthcare professionals can change this problem, a group of headache researchers did a clinical review of studies and made recommendations in the journal Headache.

For the majority of people with refractory chronic daily headache, comprehensive inpatient treatment is effective. Inpatient programs typically include withdrawal from overused drugs, intravenous and oral medication, cognitive behavioral therapy and support groups. Seventy-eight percent of patients studied achieved moderate to significant pain relief and 84%...

Though we often concentrate on the emotional signals of the disorder, depression can also cause painful physical symptoms in patients. The physical complaints of depression can include sleep disturbances, severe insomnia and early awakening, appetite changes, anorexia and rapid weight loss, a decrease in sexual activity, and chronic pain. One of the most common physical complications of depression is headache. According to a December 2008 NHF online survey, 42% of respondents believe their headaches and depression are connected and 53% believe that their headaches came before the developed depression. Survey results also report that 80% of respondents suffer from symptoms of depression, while only 52% have been diagnosed with the disease.