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What is Thunderclap Headache?

August 19, 2016

Thunderclap headache is a sudden, severe headaches peaks within 60 seconds and can start fading after an hour. Some thunderclap headaches, however, can last for more than a week. Thunderclap headaches are often a warning sign of potentially life-threatening conditions, usually linked to bleeding in and around the brain. That's why it's so important to seek emergency medical attention if you experience a thunderclap headache.

 

Some people may also experience thunderclap headaches as part of a potentially recurring headache disorder, known as primary thunderclap headache. But this diagnosis should only be made after a thorough medical evaluation and elimination of other possible underlying causes.

Thunderclap headaches are dramatic. Symptoms include pain that:

  • Strikes suddenly and severely — sometimes described as the worst headache ever experienced

  • Peaks within 60 seconds

  • Lasts anywhere between an hour and 10 days

  • Can occur anywhere in the head, and may involve the neck or lower back

  • Can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or loss of consciousness

Some thunderclap headaches appear as a result of no obvious physical reason.In other cases, potentially life-threatening conditions may be responsible, including:

  • Bleeding between the brain and membranes covering the brain, often due to an abnormal bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel (aneurysm)

  • A rupture of a blood vessel in the brain

  • A tear in the lining of an artery (for example, carotid or vertebral artery) that supplies blood to the brain

  • Leaking of cerebrospinal fluid, which when present is usually due to a tear of the covering around a nerve root in the spine

  • A tumor in the third ventricle of the brain that blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid

  • Loss of blood supply to or bleeding in the pituitary gland

  • A blood clot in the brain

  • Severe elevation in blood pressure

  • Infection such as meningitis or encephalitis

If in any case you experience thunderclap headaches, visit the nearest medical institution for proper treatment & care. #thunderclap #thunderclapheadache #headache #dizziness #migraine #pain #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #docwinnie #neurologistinmanila #health #tips #consultation #advise #medicalhelp #medicaladvise #manila #philippines

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