04/30/07 #9 - Severe, brief jolts of headpain?

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    Last night I woke up to a severe, but brief jolt of pain through my head. This is the second time in a week and a half that this has happened. The pain is so immense that I can't move, it only lasts a few minutes and then I can go back to sleep again. The first time, I did not wake up with a headache, this time I did. Any thoughts or suggestions? Donna.


    Dear Donna;
    When I received this question, I replied to you that you need to consult your doctor immediately. There are different types of headache disorders that can cause such an incident, but you need to consult your doctor so he can rule out anything that could be dangerous to your health.Dr. Krusz added, "I agree with the need for neurologic consultation in this instance; there is a possibility that her symptoms might represent paroxysmal hemicrania, if on one side."
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    Please do check with your neurologist immediately. If you don't have a neurologist, please see your primary physician immediately and a neurologist as soon as possible. Paroxysmal hemicrania is a condition characterized by frequent, unilateral, severe, headache of short duration. The pain usually lasts 2 - 30 minutes. This condition can be quite frightening because of the severity of the pain and the sudden onset. You should be very careful driving or doing other activities that could be dangerous if the pain suddenly returns. Paroxysmal hemicrania is quite treatable, but you need to be diagnosed by a qualified neurologist. If you need help locating a neurologist, please let me know..

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 30, 2007