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I get headaches every night (between 3 and 6 am). They have gotten worse the past year but I have had them for about four years. I have been to two neurologists and after trying Topamax, Imitrex, blood pressure pills, gabapentin, amitriptyline, nothing helps. I usually drink a cup of tea upon the initial headache and that helps many times but the past week, I need to take an Excedrin and I am afraid of getting rebound headaches so I use this as a last resort. However, I have been taking one every day this week and I try to avoid this but I am in PAIN. I have had x-rays, MRI's, etc on my neck and brain but all seems to be ok there. My quality of life is terrible now - bad nights and tired all day. Help. Donna.
Are these headaches or Migraines? It does make a difference.
That said, if these are Migraines, one would wonder what trigger you're encountering that is precipitating th...
I have been getting nocturnal headaches for 2-3 weeks every night. Any suggestions? Ct was normal.
I have been getting night time headaches for 2-3 weeks every night. I have a hard time falling back to sleep. Once I get up, it tends to go away after an hour or so, but then I am tired most of the day. My CT scan was normal and I do not have any other symptoms of migraine. Neurologist wants to put me on Topomax. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Helen.
Headaches at night or up on waking are more often than not associated with some type of sleep issue. Disrupted sleep, poor quality sleep, any such issue can be a headache trigger.
To jump to a medication such as Topamax without a diagnosis or a hint of what's triggering your headaches seems a bit premature. Getting a second opinion, preferably from a headache specialist is in order. There's a link below to our directory of patient recommended speciali...
Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
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