Debilitating headaches following stroke?

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    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.

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    Dear 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 options. If you need help locating a specialist, there's a link below to our listing of patient recommended specialists.

     

    Caution needs to be used with medications. If used more than two or three days a week, they can make the problem worse by causing medication overuse headache, aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: October 27, 2008