A New Subtype of Chronic Daily Headache Presenting in Older Women

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Objective: To describe a new subtype of chronic daily headache in women of a specific age group. Methods: Case series. Results: Eight patients were included in the presented case series. The average age of onset of this distinct headache condition is 57 years. All patients were either perimenopausal or in menopause when the headaches started. The syndrome is marked by bilateral head pain that starts daily from onset and is typically at its most severe intensity the first thing in the morning before arising or when in the supine position. Immediate worsening in Trendelenburg appears to be an almost diagnostic test for the syndrome and occurred in all patients. The majority of the patients had a history of episodic migraine, but the migraines were either very well controlled or had ceased by the time the new headache arose. The bulk of the patients (6/8) were either overweight or obese, although two patients were of normal body mass index (BMI). Neuroimaging showed no abnormalities. All patients responded to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure-/volume-lowering medications (acetazolamide or spironolactone), but only one patient was able to completely taper off treatment without headache recurrence. Conclusion: This newly defined subtype of chronic daily headache appears to be caused by a state of elevated CSF pressure. It is hypothesized that a combination of an elevated BMI and the presence of cerebral venous insufficiency leads to this form of daily headache.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • CSF pressure
  • Chronic daily headache
  • menopause
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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