What to Tell Patients About Headache Occurring on More Days Than Not

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Headache disorders are real – they are not just in the mind.

This chapter summarizes information suitable for communication to patients with headache occurring on more days than not – often referred to for convenience as “chronic daily headache”. It describes types, symptoms, and treatment strategies. The information is aimed at helping patients to understand their headache, their diagnosis, and their treatment, and to work with their health-care provider in a way that will get best results for them.


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The text of this chapter is taken from a leaflet prepared by Lifting The Burden: the Global Campaign Against Headache. It was drafted by a small writing group, revised following review by an international panel whose principal responsibility was to ensure worldwide cross-cultural relevance and, finally, checked for ease of comprehension by the Campaign for Plain English. The leaflet is endorsed by the World Health Organization and has been published in Journal of Headache and Pain (2007).


  1. Lifting The Burden. The Global Campaign to Reduce the Burden of Headache Worldwide (2007) Information for people affected by chronic daily headache. J Headache Pain 8(Suppl 1):S34–S36Google Scholar

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© Lifting The Burden 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeuroscienceNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of NeuroscienceFaculty of Medicine, Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Department of Medical and Molecular SciencesSchool of Health Sciences, Sapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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