Yeah, basically an official diagnosis. New Daily Persistent Headache is more or less a leftover diagnosis when nothing else is found to be causing it, i.e brain tumor, low spinal fluid pressure, meningitis, etc. He is basing his 25-30% estimate on his center's experience with the condition, and being on of the larger ones in the US, they have seen more people with this condition than most. So, I have seen another neurologist, a headache specialist as well, and am being referred by him to the head neurologist at this other headache center closer to me, so I'll see what this person says as well, but basically, this condition does not usually have a happy outcome. Obviously, if some future medical breakthrough occurs, my chances may improve, but specialists do not know why headaches start in people with no history of headaches and are 24/7, everyday, and are unrelenting, and most medicines do not work on them. For me, at least Topamax works a little, it's gotten rid of the nausea, for the most part, and reduced the pain of the headaches somewhat, but over the last few days, my face has been tingling constantly, not sure why, or what that means, though probably not anything good.
I had some stress, certainly. i had a bad breakup that happened a month or so earlier, and some ramifications that were still happening, was waiting on bar results, but I passed 3 days prior to the headaches starting, which took a whole TON of stress off me. But, I'd been more stressed at other points in my life before. Wasn't sick prior to it, but did feel strange for the 3 days prior, starting the day I found out I passed the bar, but apparently that's not uncommon for people with my condition. No other changes. I will look into other therapies, such as accupuncture and chiropractors, but don't expect anything to really come of it.