If you have a severe headache, it usually means that you have headaches every day....
...and you want someone like me to do something about it.
Most people who attend me with headaches are describing what is called "chronic daily headache".
As a person with chronic daily headache you start to feel trapped by pain but there are several key things you can do to get back in control......
Severe Headaches start to run your life, and if you have suffered for many years you will have forgotten what life was like without pain.
Other people are aware that headaches are starting to take hold but are not sure what steps they can take to maintain a decent quality of life.
What you read here is what I tell my own patients who consult me about bad headaches.
These are based on years of experience and are backed up by medical research.
There are several key steps you should take:
If you follow these you should reassure yourself that you have taken all reasonable steps to look after your headaches.
Instead of waiting for someone to give you an answer, YOU become the answer to your severe headache problem.
This is a powerful process that psychologists call regaining 'The Locus of Control'.
I hope what you read here will help you get back in control.
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Dr Raeburn B. Forbes MD(Hons) FRCP Ed FRCP Lond
Consultant Neurologist and Author of Severe-Headache-Expert
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