Since I started going through menopause and experiencing hot flashes (7 years ago), I have been frequently experiencing night time headaches. I wake feeling a lot of pressure in my head, especially in my sinuses. Keeping the room cool at night helps most nights, but I still get them. I have been tested with just about every kind of test there is and was told that there is nothing wrong. Do you have any recommendations of what else I can do? Kim.
In women, estradiol fluctuates and although the literature is confusing, I wonder if there is enough fluctuation (i.e., a drop in the hormone level) to allow you to have a night-time headache. This is what happens with perimenstrual Migraines, when the level drops just before menses. Alternatively, laying flat also increases intracranial fluid pressure, which can allow headaches to wake people up at night or to start the day with them, and intracranial pressure (ICP) fluctuations are likely ...
The first time I remember having a Migraine attack was when I was six-years-old. At the time, I didn’t realize what it was. There were these spots floating around in my vision that I couldn’t see through. Then my head started hurting so badly that I began crying. Crying just made it worse. It was a summer day, and the light coming through the window in my bedroom hurt my eyes, so I closed the curtains and buried my face in my pillow. I couldn’t stay that way long because I needed to vomit. My father brought a large bowl from the kitchen so I didn’t have to get up. Vividly, I remember him wiping my face with a cold cloth and gently rubbing my back until I fell asleep. My mother had these “headaches,” too. At the age of six, I didn’t really understand them, but I knew my mother would sometimes be in bed with her headaches for days. My parents have told me that the pediatrician said I was “high-strung” and had Migraines li...
Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, from tension headaches caused by excessive stress or even excitement to the devastating pain of cluster headaches to debilitating and recurrent migraine headaches . Headaches have one thing in common. They make you miserable.
What causes headaches ? As mentioned above, stress is one cause. Allergies , sinusitis , head colds can all bring on a headache. Some medications also can cause headaches.
Another cause of headaches is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It's also the most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, weight gain, impotency and, yes, headaches.
If you awaken in the morning feeling unrested, and if your throat is dry or sore, or, if you wake most mornings suffering from a dull headache that's hard to shake, then you may be a victim of sleep apnea. Other symptoms are loud snoring, jerking awake during the night and unrefreshing sleep.
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