I Suffer From Nighttime Headaches. They Started About 3-4 Years Ago And Occur 1-2 Times Every Night.

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Asked by Geoff

I Suffer From Nighttime Headaches. They Started About 3-4 Years Ago And Occur 1-2 Times Every Night.

I suffer from nighttime headaches. They started about 3-4 years ago and occur 1-2 times every night. My GP has tried several preventatives without success. A CT scan was clear. I have been suffering from Migraine headaches since I was 18. I am now 71. They lessened somewhat at aged 50-55 and have all but ceased. That's the good news.

However, I now suffer from nighttime headaches. Not Migraines in the true sense, and fortunately they do not encroach upon my daytime activities, but nonetheless they are beginning to cause me some concern as they have been increasing in intensity over a period of four years. My GP has tried various preventatives and I have tried other alternative types of treatments and exercise. The pain starts as a muscle spasm behind the left ear and quickly radiates up to the base of the skull before freezing the entire neck. I am able to do neck exercises without pain during the day. The only way I can stop the pain is to take either 25mg-50mg of Sumigram and apply heated beanbags to the area for 30 minutes or until the pain subsides. These episodes occur once or twice every night. Can anyone help with suggestions?

Answer

Hi Geoff,

Do they happen at the same time every night? There is a type of primary headache disorder called Hypnic Headache that occurs in people generally over the age of 50. It occurs the same time every night, wakes the sufferer up and lasts between 15 and 180 minutes, generally speaking. Continue to read more on this rare type of primary headache disorder in Hypnic Headache - The Basics.

Let me know if this helps,

Nancy

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