My husband (67yrs) suffered a stroke to left brain November 2007. He is gradually, with rehabilitation, recovering good use of limbs and did not lose speech but his biggest problem is constant debilitating headaches. He is constantly on Panadine but the only relief seems to be to take tablets, lie down and try to sleep. Consequently, he ends up spending a lot of time in bed, discouraged and unable to exercise. He considers these headaches are his biggest hurdle to recovery. What we want to know is, is this a regular consequence of having a stroke? Are the headaches caused by the stroke? (Can't get a definite answer about this from Doctor) and are they likely to be a permanent condition? Thanks for any help. Kay.
Headache after stroke is not uncommon, though not routine by any means. The can be disabling and I'd recommend you seek care from an actual headache expert for better treatment ...
An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the part of the brain is suddenly interrupted. The symptoms of stroke are easy to spot: sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination. Brain cells die when they no longer receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood or when they are damaged by sudden bleeding into or around the brain. These damaged cells can linger in a compromised state for several hours. With timely treatment, these cells can be saved. Stroke is diagnosed through several techniques: a short neurological examination, blood tests, CT scans, MRI scans, Doppler ultrasound, and arteriography. Stroke seems to run in some families. Family members may have a genetic tendency for stroke or share a lifestyle that contributes to stroke. The most...
My fiancé suffered a TIA a few weeks ago. He only suffered balance issues after the stroke. Since the stroke he has been suffering cluster headaches and has been prescribed Verapamil 40 mg Watson. His headaches have increased with severity and frequency. He is currently on pravastatin and atenolol. Any suggestions would be helpful. David.
First of all, any TIA is not necessarily equivalent to a stroke. By definition, TIA’s are transient and recover rapidly. TIAs have been well-known to be associated with headaches, including migraines about 30-35% of the time. A few reports of cluster headaches have also been reported after TIA. The calcium channel blockers, like verapamil, had been used in the treatment of cluster headache. However, many other agents have been used successfully in treating this type of headache. Of course, many one-sided headaches get diagnosed as cluster, so there is a caution as to appropriate diag...
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