Hermicrania continua: A Headache that Doesn’t Stop

Posted by on Nov. 30, 2012

Hermicrania continua: A Headache that Doesn't Stop

Hermicrania continua or a continuous headache is a rare kind of the affliction that doesn’t really stop. It is characterized by pain that occurs on one side of the head or face, with varying intensities of pain that fluctuates but doesn’t really go away. The continuous headache affects women more than men. Some people experience this kind of headaches when they apply pressure on their necks or when they flex or rotate the neck.

The symptoms for hermicrania continua are similar to migraines which include sensitivity to noise and light, nausea, and throbbing pain. Other symptoms include nosebleeds, drooping eyelids, runny or stuffy nose, small pupils, and eye irritation.

Hemicrania contua can be treated by medications like the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Indomethacin.


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