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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.
I have been waking up around 4:00 am during deep sleep with a headache that starts in the back of my head then moves around on both sides until my head feels as though it 's about to explode. This has been going on for years, and getting worse. Once it starts, I can 't seem to control it. I have had migraine for over 40 years occurring in one eye only, and have lived with it, but nothing has ever been this painful and out of control. I have ended up in the ER seven times in the last few months having to have IV Dilaudid. I vomit with this type of headache, which I never did with my usual migraine. I have been diagnosed with Occipital Neuralgia, and given injections of everything from Botox to Lidocaine, and tried two years of PT. Today I went to a world expert in O N, and was told that it isn't O N, but some type of nocturnal migraine, but he can 't figure out what is causing it. It seems to come on only when I 'm in the deep...
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
The headache pain may be described as:
Dull, pressure-like (not throbbing)
A tight band or vise on the head
All over (not just in one point or one side)
Worse in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck, and possibly in the shoulders
The pain may occur as an isolated event, constantly, or daily. Pain may last for 30 minutes to 7 days. It may be triggered by or get worse with stress, fatigue, noise, or glare.
There may be difficulty sleeping . Tension headaches usually do not cause nausea or vomiting.
People with tension headaches tend to try to relieve pain by massaging their scalp, temples, or the bottom of the neck.
Signs and tests
A headache that is mild to moderate, not accompanied by other symptoms, and responds to home treatment within a few hours may not need further ...
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