Everyone occasionally experiences a headache. After taking some pain medications,
a nap or eating some food, the headache normally goes away. Some people might
have a headache that lasts for days on end, or on most days they have a headache.
These chronic headaches can interfere with a person’s ability to function properly,
and they can indicate one of several serious medical conditions that need to be
addressed by trained medical specialists.
Medically speaking, your headaches are only considered chronic when you
experience them for at least fifteen days during a month’s time. Doctors don’t
consider a consistent headache as chronic if it is a result of another known medical
condition of yours, such as a head injury or the side effects of a recent surgery.
You should see a doctor if you regularly have at least two headaches a week, take
painkillers on a daily or almost daily basis, you must use more than the
recommended amount of over-the-counter painkillers to manage your headaches’
pain or you notice your headaches are becoming more painful. If you experience
neck pain, see double, feel weak or disoriented or have trouble speaking you need
to seek emergency medical treatment since your life might be in danger.