Simple Lifestyle Changes May Ease Chronic Headache
In Ninan's study of more than 200 patients, the initial treatment included
detoxification from pain medication, plus intravenous therapy with a drug
called dihydroergotamine (DHE). It's not yet known how DHE and detoxification
work, but they're thought to reset the brain for normal functioning. Later, the
study participants were given behavioral and dietary counseling, as well as
biofeedback and physical therapy.
The researchers, at the Houston Headache Clinic, measured the patients'
responses using a questionnaire called the Migraine Disability Assessment Tool
"Disability was strongly correlated with headache frequency, but after
four months of treatment, MIDAS scores decreased significantly," says
Mathew, who also is past president of the International Headache Society.
- Chronic daily headache (CDH) is defined as having tension or migraine
headaches at least 15 days per month for at least six months.
- Other conditions associated with CHD are prior headaches, family history of
headaches, head injury, and fibromyalgia.
- Exercising, avoiding certain foods, and, sometimes, stopping certain
medications, are all ways to help prevent chronic headaches.