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Symptoms of Hypnic headache

The following features are indicative of Hypnic headache:
  • moderate headache
  • throbbing headache
  • bilateral headache
  • unilateral headache
  • nausea
It is possible that Hypnic headache shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Hypnic headache

The following are the most common causes of Hypnic headache:
  • drug withdrawal
  • temporal arteritis
  • sleep apnea
  • oxygen desaturated
  • pheochromocytoma
  • migraine

Other Causes of Hypnic headache

The following are the less common causes of Hypnic headache:
  • primary neoplasms
  • secondary neoplasms
  • communicating hydrocephalus
  • subdural hematoma
  • vascular lesions
  • cluster headache
  • chronic paroxysmal hemicrania

Risk Factors for Hypnic headache

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hypnic headache:
  • older age
  • people with REM sleep (Rapid eye movement)

Prevention of Hypnic headache

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypnic headache. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • drink coffee before going to bed

Occurrence of Hypnic headache

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hypnic headache cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Hypnic headache most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Hypnic headache can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypnic headache

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypnic headache:
  • Polysomnography: To reveal the onset of hypnic headaches associated with REM sleep

Complications of Hypnic headache if untreated

It is not know if Hypnic headache causes complications if left untreated.

Self-care for Hypnic headache

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hypnic headache:
  • Drink coffee before bedtime: To overcome the problem of hypnic headaches

Time for Treatment of Hypnic headache

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hypnic headache to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 day

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hypnic headache.

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