Chronic Migraine

Chronic migraine is one of the four categories of chronic daily headaches.  If you have persistent headache pain, these symptoms identify whether it may fall into the migraine category:

  • Throbbing pain on one side
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Aura before the onset of the migraine
  • Regular frequency
  • Pain is aggravated by physical activity

A chronic migraine is a medical term that was previously called a Transformed Migraine.  The International Headache Society has provided these rules to determine whether your migraine qualifies as a chronic migraine.

  • A headache, of either tension-type and/or migraine quality, occurs at least 15 days per month for at least three months
  • On at least eight days per month, the patient experiences the pain and associated symptoms of migraine without aura and/or treats and experiences relief before the expected development of symptoms
  • The migraine is not associated with medication overuse

To determine whether your migraine qualifies as a chronic migraine, you can take a chronic migraine evaluation.

Chronic migraine sufferers have a range of treatment options.  Migraine Treatment Centers of America follows the migraine treatment continuum, which recommends therapy in specific order starting with the most conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain medication.  If such conservative treatments fail to relieve pain, medical procedures such as nerve blocks and neurostimulation are available.   Read more about migraine treatment options or fill out the contact form on this page to talk to a chronic migraine specialist about a medical solution.