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 ...
What do you think is the cause of waking up each morning with a migraine on my right side? I sleep on either side with one leg straight and one knee up (taught to me by a doctor).
An Eye Physician and Surgeon is suggesting I go to a sleep clinic because my husband says I snore softly but do not wake up.
Thank you for your insights. Nancy .
A sleep study isn't a bad idea. Snoring might indicate sleep apnea.
When people wake with a Migraine, sleep issues are the most common trigger. It can be too much sleep, too little sleep, interrupted sleep, an irregular sleep schedule, or poor quality sleep. Take a look at our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep . It's recommended that Migraineurs go to bed and get up at the same time every day, including weekends and holidays.
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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...
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