Nocturnal headaches every night?

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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.


Dear 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.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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