What is NDPH?

Posted by on Jan. 08, 2013

New Daily Persistent Headache (or NDPH) is a type of chronic daily headache that is primary in nature and is not caused by pre-existing conditions like migraine or tension headache. It normally strikes on both sides of the head on a daily basis for more than three months. Individuals suffering from this condition experience a pressing pain (meaning not pulsating) at any part of the head. Other symptoms include nausea, phonophobia (sensitivity to sound), and photophobia (sensitivity to light).

What sets this headache type apart from others, however, is not its frequency but its refractory tendency. In some cases, NDPH doesn’t respond to treatment. Experts may prescribe medications, but there are instances when drugs and any other forms of treatment don’t work for NDPH.

If you’re showing clear signs of NDPH, you might want to schedule a meeting with your physician or your healthcare provider as soon as possible for diagnosis. It is important to rule out any other underlying conditions to be sure that your headache is indeed a case of NDPH. Also, despite the fact that NDPH is difficult to treat, it is essential to seek an expert’s guidance when dealing with this condition as professionals know best what preventive measures you can take to minimize the debilitating effects of NDPH.


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