New Daily Persistent Headache
New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) is a chronic headache disorder characterized by daily headache without any apparent trigger and can be managed through a combination of medications, physical therapy, relaxation techniques, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes.
New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) is a chronic headache disorder characterized by the sudden onset of daily headaches without any warning symptoms or underlying causes. NDPH can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.
The exact cause of NDPH is not well understood, but some research suggests that it may be related to changes in the pain pathways in the brain. In some cases, NDPH may be triggered by a viral illness, head injury, or other physical stressors. However, in many cases, there is no apparent trigger for the onset of NDPH.
Diagnosis of NDPH can be difficult, as it requires a thorough evaluation of a person's headache history, physical examination, and the exclusion of other potential causes of headaches. A healthcare provider may also perform diagnostic tests, such as imaging studies (e.g. MRI, CT scan) and blood tests, to rule out other conditions that could be causing the headache.
Treatment of NDPH can be challenging, as there is no single, proven treatment for this condition. According to Cochrane, a systematic review of available studies found that while some individuals with NDPH may benefit from medications, such as over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g. acetaminophen, ibuprofen) or prescription pain relievers (e.g. codeine, tramadol), the effectiveness of these medications is limited. In addition, excessive use of pain relievers can worsen the headache.
In addition to medication, individuals with NDPH may benefit from other treatments such as physical therapy, relaxation techniques, and behavioral therapy. In some cases, individuals with NDPH may also benefit from preventative treatments, such as anti-seizure medications, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers.
While there is no single, proven treatment for NDPH, individuals with this condition may benefit from a combination of medications, physical therapy, relaxation techniques, and behavioral therapy.
It is important for individuals with NDPH to work with their headache Specialist Neurologist to manage their symptoms and to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to their individual needs and circumstances.
If you suffer from headaches or migraines, it's important to get advice from a qualified healthcare professional. The Headache Clinic is a specialised clinic in North Sydney that focuses on the diagnosis and management of headaches and migraines. We also serve patients all across Australia via telehealth.
The Headache Clinic has a team of experienced headache-specialist Neurologists who can provide expert guidance on the best treatment options for your individual needs. We understand that headaches and migraines can be really bad and we prioritise urgent appointments for those in need. We offer appointments within 1 week of booking, so you can get the care you need as soon as possible.
To book an appointment with one of our headache-specialist Neurologists, you can call (02) 9745 9852 or book online through our website. Our clinic is conveniently located in Sydney and offers a comfortable and welcoming environment for patients. Don't let headaches or migraines control your life – contact The Headache Clinic today to start feeling better.