Most people with severe headache have headaches every day.
Here are the most important steps you can take:
If you're not sure which ones apply to you, measure your headache with these 6 short questions.
Only you will see your answer - nobody records it anywhere.
Then see what you can do to help yourself.
1. When you have headaches how often is the pain severe?
2. How often do headaches limit your ability to do usual daily activities including household work, work, school, or social activities?
3. When you have a headache, how often do you wish you could lie down?
4. In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt too tired to do work or daily activities because of your headaches?
5. In the past 4 weeks, how often have you felt fed up or irritated because of your headaches?
6. In the past 4 weeks, how often did headaches limit your ability to concentrate on work or daily activities?
I would reckon that if you can follow these 6 steps there is a 50-75% chance that you will experience a reduction in pain.
Clinical research would support these steps as potentially helpful in most people with chronic severe headaches.
note this website is not a substitute for proper medical care, it
should be used as a companion to your own doctors advice.
If you have symptoms that are different or are causing you concern you should discuss these with your doctor.
Get Back in Control.
What you read is based on years of experience. The information is backed up by medical research. In fact, it is what I tell my own patients.
Dr Raeburn B. Forbes MD(Hons) FRCP Ed FRCP Lond
Consultant Neurologist and Author of Severe-Headache-Expert
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