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Chronic Headaches and Medication Overuse

Guest Editor: 
Gianluca Coppola; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Submission Status: Open   |  Submission Deadline: 7 February 2024

The Journal of Headache and Pain invites participating authors to submit to our Collection on Chronic Headaches and Medication Overuse. This thematic series intends to approach chronic headache and symptom overuse from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective centred on these and other unanswered concerns. 

Meet the Guest Editors

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Gianluca Coppola; Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Gianluca Coppola, MD, PhD, is a clinical neurologist at Sapienza University of Rome Polo Pontino ICOT. He is trustee for the International Headache Society and active member of the Italian Societies for the Study of Headache, of Clinical Neurophysiology, of Neurology, and of Psychophysiology and Cognitive Neurosciences. His research interests include the use of electrophysiology and neuroimaging techniques to understand primary headaches pathophysiology, and to study visual, somatosensory, and motor systems synaptic plasticity mechanisms.


About the Collection

The classification criteria for chronic headaches and the pathophysiological mechanisms behind the transition from episodic to chronic remain controversial despite the significant clinical and pathophysiological advances made in recent years. Actually, there are still a lot of open questions: How can the many types of chronic headaches be distinguished by a proper diagnosis? What personality features best describe a chronic patient, and what conditions make them more likely to overuse symptomatic medications? Which detox program is most effective? Is a headache brought on by acute medication overuse the transformation's cause or effect? Is medication overuse exclusive to migraine and tension-type headaches, or can it also occur with other primary headaches? Which patients run the risk of losing their response to standard preventatives? Could comorbid conditions be a factor in this scenario? What are the most effective pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods for treating chronic headaches and symptomatic overuse? What are the morphofunctional and genetic underpinnings of transformation and symptomatic overuse?

This thematic series, which intends to approach chronic headache and symptom overuse from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective, will be centred on these and other unanswered concerns. The ultimate goal is to assist in unravelling the intricate mechanisms behind this range of disorders in order to enhance diagnosis and therapy.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection invites participating authors to submit Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read our submission guidelines. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Chronic Headaches and Medication Overuse from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.