Need help diagnosing a headache

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   Posted 11/9/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been getting headaches for quite a few years now late at night and early morning. They wake me up and are pounding in the back of my head, especially with positional changes like bending forward. First thought is maybe hypertension but my blood pressure is normal. I do not believe they are migraines and I know they are not cluster headaches because I suffer from those seasonally.

Background: I am 33 years old, smoke about 6 cigarettes a day, normal weight, under stress, rapid heartrate (probably stress and caffeine). I drink a fair amount of caffeine.

The headaches are worse if I oversleep. They occur at random frequencies but they tend to occur in groups of days. My stress level is consistent as is my caffeine intake. Only ideas I have is that it's from caffeine withdrawl or some type of blood pressure related headache.

Any ideas?


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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 11/11/2007 3:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Darrin,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear that you suffer from CH as well as these morning and night headaches. Have you talked to your Neuro about these headaches?

We have no medical training here so are not qualified to diagnose, but I would strongly recommend that you see your Neuro about these headaches. It is possible that they are migraines - I know a couple of CH sufferers who get migraine too but in the back of their heads!!!

It is also possible that your cerebro-spinal fluid pressure is a little abnormal. Check with your Neuro!

Do you have oxygen for your CH or Imitrex? Have you tried the O2 for these headaches as well as your CH?

Just a few thoughts! Please let me know how you get on.

take care

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