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Chronic Migraine: What You Need to Know

The majority of people who are prone to migraine have a painful attack once or twice a month. But if you have a condition known as chronic migraine, you get headaches much more often—15 days or more a month for at least 3 months. These frequent and serious attacks may make living a normal life a challenge.

What is Chronic Migraine?

Migraines are a very painful, often debilitating form of headache. People who have migraines often require prescription drugs or medical treatment to cope with their symptoms. Simple over-the-counter headache pills are rarely effective in the treatment of migraine.


Migraines can be either episodic or chronic. Typical episodic migraine (EM) may last for hours. Then, a few weeks or even months may pass between migraine episodes. Chronic migraines (CMs), on the other hand, last longer and occur more often.


Symptoms of Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine symptoms occur at least 15 days per month and a minimum of three months in a row. Chronic migraine must also have two of the following migraine characteristics for a minimum of eight days per month:

  • Moderate to serious pain

  • affects mainly one side of the head

  • cause the headache on the side of the brain to throb and pulsate

  • starts or gets worse because of physical routine activity, such as walking or purification

Causes of Chronic Migraine

Doctors are learning more about what these headaches bring about, which often run in families. Some are the result of changing chemicals in your brain. There's also abnormal brain activity involved.


Every person with migraines has different triggers, but common ones include a shortage of sleep, caffeine and stress.


The majority of people who are getting chronic migraines are women. This may be because other well-known cause is changes in the hormones. These shifts occur around your monthly period, during pregnancy as well as through menopause. Birth control can also have a part to play.


Prevent Chronic Migraine

Changes in lifestyle may also help to prevent migraines. Reducing stress and increasing relaxation can help prevent migraines from occurring in many people. Mindful meditation can help you do this.


Alternative remedies that may be used for the treatment of migraines. These include massage, acupuncture, and increased vitamin B-2. Biofeedback is another type of alternative remedy that may help prevent migraines from occurring. This will teach you how to relax certain muscles to decrease headaches.

To Sum It Up

Migraines can incur a toll on your work, income, and even personal relationships over time. If you regularly experience headaches, talk to your doctor.

If you have already been diagnosed with migraines and you notice your symptoms are becoming more severe or more frequent, you should also make an appointment.

They can help you determine the cause of the symptoms. They can also help you find the most appropriate treatment options.

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