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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...
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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Every day morning I wake up with headache around my eyes and neck with fatigue feelings. I wake up several times during my sleep at night and average time of sleeping 5 to 6 hours maximum. saeed.
Waking with a headache or Migraine most often indicates a problem with sleep, and you mentioned interrupted sleep. There are several sleep issues that can bring about Migraines or headaches that occur when you wake:
too much sleep,
too little sleep,
sleeping in a room with light, which disrupts the body's production of melatonin. and
poor quality sleep.
It's strongly suggested that people with Migraines and headaches go to bed and get up at the same time each day, including weekends and holidays. Take a look at this video on the topic, Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
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