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Thunderclap headaches

  • By T-Lee

    Anyone had a Thunderclap headache? Recently I had the worst headache of my life. I had a crushing head pain like someone was pushing down on my head with a ton of bricks. This pain escalated to attend in about 30 seconds. I also had double vision, stiff arms, wobbly balance, and shaking of my arms And body. I also had fever. I finally finally went to sleep and when I woke up I had my normal classic Migraine. The double vision lasted a day and the headache lasted three days. From what I researched I had a Thunderclap headache. Anyone ever had this type of headache?

    T-Lee

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi T-Lee,

    Thank you for posting and welcome to the discussion forum! Let me see what I can do to help.

    I’ve not had this type of headache, but do know others who have experienced primary thunderclap headache. As happy as I am that you feel better, it probably would be a good idea to talk to your doctor about this. Any time we have new and/or different symptoms its important to notify our doctor so he can rule out anything more serious.

    Self diagnosis doesn’t really do us any favors in the end, talk to your doctor and see what he says, OK?

    Nancy

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  • By T-Lee

    Thank you Nancy. That’s the problem; I talked with the Nurse Practioner and I seem to know more regarding chronic Migraine and Thunderclap Headaches! At least a CT scan was ordered. Research says to do a Lumbar puncture if CT is negative. I mentioned this and she didn’t seem interested in even discussing or considering it. My fear is she and the Physician don’t take this situation as seriously as they should.

    According to Authoritative research, if a Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, or evidence of brain tumor is not found, then the headache is called Idiopathic Thunderclap Headache and is related to migraine. I want to rule out all dx.’s with the appropriate testing and of course the final outcome of the cause to be Migraine.

    Thank you for your kind support,

    T-Lee

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    Nancy Harris Bonk wrote:

    Hi T-Lee,

    Thank you for posting and welcome to the discussion forum! Let me see what I can do to help.

    I’ve not had this type of headache, but do know others who have experienced primary thunderclap headache. As happy as I am that you feel better, it probably would be a good idea to talk to your doctor about this. Any time we have new and/or different symptoms its important to notify our doctor so he can rule out anything more serious.

    Self diagnosis doesn’t really do us any favors in the end, talk to your doctor and see what he says, OK?

    Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi T-Lee,

    Thanks for the update. I wonder if its time to seek out the expertise of a migraine/headache expert if your current NP isn’t fitting the bill. Migraine/headache experts are doctors who are board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. Neurologists may be fine doctors, but have a hard time being experts in one area because they treat so many different conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and others, and not all neurologists are board certified in headache medicine. We have more information on how these doctors are special and how to find one; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    Keep us posted,
    Nancy

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