Morning headaches...did I find a cure?

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   Posted 3/22/2013 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 41 years old and have suffered from headaches most of my life. At times,they have improved, and I have tried lots of different preventatives.

For the last couple years,they have progressively gotten worse, like almost daily. I have always had a problem with waking up in the morning with a bad headache. In fact, probably 90% of my headaches start that way. For the past year, I have been waking up in the middle of the night with them also.

I was googling nighttime headaches, and came across hypnic headaches. The more I read, the more I was certain this is what I have. It describes me exactly. I wake up at about the same time every night, sometimes several times in pain, sometimes very bad pain. I wake up with the same pain in the morning or once in a while, it is gone.

This describes a hypnic headache, which can be cured with taking caffiene at night right before bed. They think the nighttime headaches are triggered by REM sleep. If caffiene doesn't work, lithium, and a few other drugs can work. This is a very rare headache. I have been telling my neurologist for a long time that I keep waking up in pain during the night, but he never mentioned this.

Anyway, I tried 50mg of a caffiene pill at night 8 days ago, and I have not woken up once during the night with pain. I take the caffiene every night. And I have only had one migraine during the day in that period. I know it could just be coincidence, but I dont think so. I also take pamelor every day, but now I wonder if the caffiene at night could affect my day hedaches since I wake up with them so often.

Does anyone else here often wake up during the night, at least once, with terrible pain? If so, I encourage you to research hypnic headache. I am going to discuss this with my neurologist at my next appt, in a month.

I am really excited to possibly have found an easy cure for them. I am hoping to be able to help someone else reading this.


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   Posted 3/29/2013 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I never get them in the night, always during the day.
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   Posted 5/1/2013 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I frequently wake up in the early morning (around 4 - 5am) to find that I've got a migraine. It's usually just me shifting or rolling in bed that wakes me up and then I feel the pain (not the pain waking me). I discussed this with my Neurologist and she suggested Melatonin.

I was VERY againest the suggestion until about 3 weeks ago. Purchased a bottle and am currently taking 6mg at bedtime along with Topamax, B2 and Magnesium Citrate - HUGE difference. The odd time I'll wake up to one, I'll wrap my heating pad around my head and fall back to sleep, wake up a few hours later and I'm good to go. I mentioned the improvement the other day at my appt and she credits the melatonin.

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   Posted 5/15/2013 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Where is your headache? My nighttime, morning headache is in my forehead.

I have had bad headaches, mostly continuously, for 4 years, since a bad wreck with broken nose and a cut on my forehead from the airbag. I had pretty much continuous sinus infections, underwent sinus surgery, tried dozens of medicines, antihistamine and steroid sprays and rinses. I even had an occipital nerve block which may have helped part of the headache.

I think part of my headache is from my frontal sinuses drying out. I have had some relief from taking Mucinex 12 hour at bedtime. Sinus wash with Budesonide helps some first thing in the morning. The wash with the steroid is more helpful than just plain saline.
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