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Thursday, June 23, 2011 aprildawn, Community Member, asks

Q: night time headaches

49 yo female suffering from migraines for 30 yrs. over the last 10 yrs, they have ocurred within the first 2 hrs of going to bed. i do not get them every night. they come in clusters & i can go anywhere from 9-15 months without a headache & then get them every night for up to 6 weeks. i am on depakote & calan to prevent them. MRI shows that i have bone spurs in my neck. i do see a neuro, chiro & get acupuncture. any ideas why they come at night?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
6/25/11 9:00pm

Hi april,


Since it is not consistently every night, but in clusters, that is curious. Have you had a sleep study done to rule out any sleep issues, because many times sleep can be related to Migraine: Transformed Migraine Related To Sleep Problems and we have a great video on sleep and Migraine with Dr. Krusz, 

Video: Migraines and Sleep



Hypnic headache is a rare primary headache disorder that you may want to read about in this article: Hypnic Headache - The Basics.


Talk to your doctor about this, and let us know how you are doing, ok?




aprildawn, Community Member
6/27/11 8:24am

Hi Nancy, I am happy to report that I have had 2 nights without migraines. My neurologist had me in for 3 infusions of toradol, solumedrol & iv fluids & it appears to have done the trick. I will keep my fingers crossed.


These headaches that I get occur before I fall asleep. I do have trouble sleeping some nights & they come on as I am laying in bed or am just starting to drift off. I have had a few that start in the evening before I go to bed but that it not the norm.


My neuro thinks that it is related to my bone spurs & muscle spasms in my neck. I usually get pressure on my neck on the side that I get the migraines, however this last bout was not the same. There was no neck pressure & I had pain in the back & top of my head, which is different. 


We will see what happens. I hope that this cluster is done.


Thanks for your time. 

Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
7/ 4/11 10:09am

Hi April,


I'm glad things finally broke for you with help from you doctor. I need that on too many occasions too!


I'm glad your neurologist is working with you, however, is it time to see an expert in "our" world, the Migraine specialist? You could think of it in terms this. When a pipe breaks under your kitchen sink you call an expert - a plumber. You might call a handyman who can repair it, then fix the drain, the cabinets and paint the room if needed. But he isn't the expert you need for your broken pipe. Neurologists may be fine doctors, say they are "headache experts", but truly are not experts in any one area because they treat so many different conditions like MS, stroke, and epilepsy. A Migraine specialist is a expert who only treats one condition - ours -  Migraine and headache disorders. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.


Take care



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By aprildawn, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/04/11, First Published: 06/23/11