Q. For about six months I have been waking up with what are, for me, unusual headaches—at the front of my head above my eyes. They start in the very early morning between 1 am and 3 am and are still there when I wake up at 7 am. This happens every day without fail. The headaches disappear about an hour after waking. I also have lightheadedness and some blurred vision.
Two weeks ago my doctor diagnosed high blood pressure (220/114). He put me on amlodipine. My lightheadedness has nearly disappeared, but I still get the headaches even though my blood pressure is now down to 145/79. Do you think these headaches are still linked to hypertension or are they something more sinister? Continue Reading
Chocolate is a headache trigger for many people, yet, in a surprising twist, it turns out that its essential ingredient—cocoa—may actually be beneficial for headache. Continue Reading
Q: My husband was in a car accident five years ago and suffered a brain injury and many broken bones. He now suffers with constant chronic headaches which are gradually worsening over time. The doctors said all his injuries have healed and CT and MRI scans showed “nothing significant to cause headache.” All kinds of therapies and pain medications have been tried, which either did nothing or made his condition worse. The doctors don’t know why he has a terrible headache all the time.
It seems to me that there should be some kind of testing procedures available that would locate the cause of the headache. And why don’t the pain medications ease his pain? Continue Reading
In an unusual twist, high blood pressure may actually be beneficial, at least when it comes to headaches. According to a recent report, patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) were up to 40% less likely to have migraine and other headaches than people with normal blood pressure. Continue Reading
Q. Recently I needed treatment in the emergency room (ER) due to a really bad migraine attack. I only have one drug to use at home when an attack strikes and someone at the hospital said that I need two different drugs to use at home. Is this true?