I thought I’d start a thread for support and possible solutions. I’ve been medially diagnosed with New Daily Persistent Headache (NDPH) and/or chronic migraines. Every day I wake up, then continuing throughout the day and when I go to bed, I have a headache. Basically, I’m never without a headache. In fact, I can’t even remember the last day I didn’t have a headache (I keep a daily headache chart). The intensity of my headache fluctuates as I tend to be worse when I first wake up and then it varies throughout the day with no apparent rhyme or reason. As I type this I have a level 5 out of 10 headache (with 1 being barely a headache and 10 being a trip to the ER or throwing up).
So I’ve been suffering for about 8 years and have gone through just about every possible test, doctor, specialist, holistic treatment, medication, device and procedure related to headaches and migraines. Unfortunately, my years of doctors and tests haven’t identified an underlying cause or any possible solution. I have come to the conclusion that I have a chronic condition that I’ll just have to live with for the rest of my life (just turned 42). I manage my condition through medications (abortives) that usually keep my headache in check and typically are able to prevent my mid level headache to rise to a full blown level 9 or 10 migraine. Though I still tend to get these full blown migraines a few times a month.
Surprisingly, due to either adrenaline or distraction I don’t suffer on the bike. In fact, being OCD about training and racing has served as a nice distraction from my chronic condition. It allows me to put my focus and energy into something I’m passionate about, which has been a life saver.
Anyone else out there suffering from chronic Migraines and Headaches and what has worked for you?