Hi. I have been dealing with headaches on a daily basis for well over 2yrs now. I wake up with a headache, I even have them all throughout the day. I constantly take some type of pain medications everyday to soothe my pain. I have had head exams and they have all been negative. I had one doctor tell me I suffer from sleep apnea but when doing research on sleep apnea the only symptom I have is morning headaches and lack of concentration. Is this possible or could I be suffering from some other type of disease? Cedric.
What other symptoms of sleep apnea would you expect to notice? Some people with sleep apnea never notice any symptoms themselves. Waking with a headache is very often an indication that a sleep issue is the trigger. For more on this, see Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
Another issue to look at is your daily use of pain medication. Taking any kind of pain ...
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...
I have suffered with migraines for 20 years. I have attended three headache clinics. I know the food/beverage migraine triggers and completely avoid them. I get a full night of uninterrupted sleep. Here is my problem: I wake up nearly each morning with a migraine. What is causing them? How can I avoid this pain? Gloria.
Even uninterrupted sleep can be poor quality sleep. It's also possible that you wake during the night and don't know it. The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
Have you and your doctor discussed your sleep? If not, you should. Many people really have no idea they're have sleep issues until a doctor asks the right question. There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
If it turns out that a sleep issue is not th...
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