ILAGolden, you are definitely not alone! I have had chronic daily headaches (which technically doesn't mean every day, but rather 15 days a month) for half my life and pretty much daily headaches for the last few years, with 2-3 migraines per week. Like the others here, I just take it as a part of life; I'm always amazed by people who have one or two headaches a year.
My headaches got so bad in recent months that I think I started to get rebound headaches from overmedicating, so, after 16 years of self-medicating, I finally saw a neurologist and am beginning a real medication regime with topamax as prevention and maxalt-mlt for migraine treatment, although she says she may switch me to gabapentin in a few months (to replace the topamax) because I also have sleep issues. I know people have varying opinions on topamax and I haven't been on it very long (< 2 weeks), but I have noticed an improvement so far in the intensity of my daily headaches, and I've only had to take migraine medicine twice in those 11 days.
The most important thing to do is try to figure out if you have triggers or what makes your symptoms worse. I've been known to wear sunglasses in my office because I can get extremely sensitive to light. Exercise always makes my headaches worse, so I'll take something before working out.
somuchpainhelp, you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately or, if you're having an episode and the pain is that bad, go to the ER. It may just be nasty migraines and you can get medication for them, but you should definitely get it checked out.
Post Edited (vitaka) : 8/11/2012 12:42:27 PM (GMT-6)