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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...
Since I started going through menopause and experiencing hot flashes (7 years ago), I have been frequently experiencing night time headaches. I wake feeling a lot of pressure in my head, especially in my sinuses. Keeping the room cool at night helps most nights, but I still get them. I have been tested with just about every kind of test there is and was told that there is nothing wrong. Do you have any recommendations of what else I can do? Kim.
In women, estradiol fluctuates and although the literature is confusing, I wonder if there is enough fluctuation (i.e., a drop in the hormone level) to allow you to have a night-time headache. This is what happens with perimenstrual Migraines, when the level drops just before menses. Alternatively, laying flat also increases intracranial fluid pressure, which can allow headaches to wake people up at night or to start the day with them, and intracranial pressure (ICP) fluctuations are likely ...
Review – “Headache Through the Ages” by Seymour Diamond, MD, and Mary A. Franklin Ranking 4.5 stars out of 5 There are many books available that talk about the medical aspects of headaches and Migraine disease. Diamond and Franklin have taken a different and quite interesting approach. In Headache Through the Ages , they explore how "headache" has been perceived through time in literature, art history, and anecdotal material, "noting the famous headache suffers and how they depicted their pain." Why "Headache Through the Ages" Interests Readers It's said that misery loves company. That seems to be true in that many who live with headaches and Migraine disease find it interesting to see what society's attitudes were toward them through history, what the treatments were, and what famous people have been afflicted. When someone famous shares our illness or disease, it validates us in a way. That's the appeal of t...
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