Transformed Migraines

Transformed migraines are daily headaches that cause throbbing pain. Most people who get them have had migraines for years, usually since their early teens or before. Daily transformed migraine headaches usually start for people during their 20s and 30s.

When transformed migraines begin, you might notice that your headaches are less severe but happen more often, until they happen every day. This change may be linked to daily use of pain relievers. Some people with transformed migraines have severe pain along with nausea and vomiting, much like other types of migraines. Often, it’s hard to tell the difference between tension headaches and transformed migraines.

Because transformed migraines are tough to diagnose, many people may get the wrong treatment. And because the headaches happen every day, many people tend to take too many pain relievers, both prescription and over-the-counter, using these drugs daily even when they don’t have a headache. This means the person could build up a tolerance to the drugs. Plus, taking a lot of pain relievers with caffeine can lead to rebound headaches.

In many cases, people who have transformed migraines have other health problems, such as high blood pressure and depression, which complicate treatment.

If you start to have daily, throbbing headaches, talk to your doctor. She can help you find out if you’re having transformed migraines and help you find safe, effective relief.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on January 21, 2017



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