I have been getting nocturnal headaches for 2-3 weeks every night. Any suggestions? Ct was normal.
I have been getting night time headaches for 2-3 weeks every night. I have a hard time falling back to sleep. Once I get up, it tends to go away after an hour or so, but then I am tired most of the day. My CT scan was normal and I do not have any other symptoms of migraine. Neurologist wants to put me on Topomax. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Helen.
Headaches at night or up on waking are more often than not associated with some type of sleep issue. Disrupted sleep, poor quality sleep, any such issue can be a headache trigger.
To jump to a medication such as Topamax without a diagnosis or a hint of what’s triggering your headaches seems a bit premature. Getting a second opinion, preferably from a headache specialist is in order. There’s a link below to our directory of patient recommended specialists if you need assistance.
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