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Hypnic headache (HH) is a rare primary headache disorder (primary headache disorders are those that cannot be attributed to another condition.) It's most identifying feature is that it only develops during sleep and wakes the sufferer. The International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II), is the "gold standard" for diagnosing and classifying headache disorders. Here are the description, diagnostic criteria, and symptoms of HH as set forth in the ICHD-II: 4.5 Hypnic headache Previously used terms : Hypnic headache syndrome, ‘alarm clock’ headache Description : Attacks of dull headache that always awaken the patient from asleep. Diagnostic criteria : Dull headache fulfilling criteria B–D Develops only during sleep, and awakens patient At least two of the following characteristics: occurs 15 or more times per month lasts 15 or more minutes after waking first occurs after age of 50 yea...
Do you have questions about headaches or Migraines? Many of our readers do, and each week, and Dr. John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert answer some of them. Dr. Krusz is a world recognized headache and Migraine expert, often conducting groundbreaking research at his clinic in Dallas. Here are this week's questions and answers...
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These startling, sometimes frightening head pains have been described in various ways: In the beginning, when I began having migraines, I suffered a sudden slash of pain, very intense and quick on the right side of my head. It started at one point and webbed out to what it felt like a inch in length. I had never felt this type of pain and it scared me. They are intense, sharp, stabbing pain about your skull, as if you were being stabbed with an ice pick. I was just wondering if anyone gets sudden pains in their heads. It can be in the front sometimes, or sometimes it's in my temple. It really varies. I was awakened at 3 a.m. by excruciating, stabbing pains on the top right front of my head, kind of behind the eye. lasted about 30 seconds. I get those types of stabbing pains too, I have no clue as to what is causing it. I get them all over my head. They can last for a few seconds to a few minutes. I started noticing them after my migraines started to get to ...
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