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Old 08-04-2005, 05:05 PM   #1
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strange headaches - aneurysm? please help

Hi,

I have a question about a headache I have been having, and my CT scan.

Background on me: I am 24, I am a healthy weight (6'1, 165lbs.), I have never smoked, I have drank maybe five times in my entire life, I have never used any other drug. I exercise semi-regularly. I have never had any health problems or injuries. So here's my problem:

I recently started getting strange headaches...they only occur during sex. They start as I near orgasm and they peak when I climax. They then last about fifteen to thirty minutes before dying off...Sometimes they linger for a few hours afterwards, but not very severe. (I usually go to sleep before I can tell how long they linger) They occur on the right front of my forehead. It is a sort of dull pain, not really throbbing...hard to describe. They are not severe enough to impair me in any way or make me lay in a dark room, sensitive to light, etc. but they do hurt. These headaches are new to me. Migraines run in my family (mother, brother) but I have never had a migraine...My headache of choice is a tension headache, which I get once a week on average...And they are never that severe, just enough usually to be noticable, and usually go away with ibuprofen. I got so scared after the fifth night of this headache that I went to the ER. They did an EKG which was good, and a CT scan. The CT scan came back normal. They diagnosed me with a form of migraine and made a follow-up appointment with me for a neurologist in one month. With correspondance with another specialist doctor, he told me I have post-coital headache (orgasmic cephalgia). Has anyone else heard of or experienced this?
I have worked myself into a panic thinking that I have an aneurysm. The doctor at the ER told me that the CT scan would have picked up any bleeding and an aneurysm that was large enough to cause problems. Is this true? Would a CT scan have picked this up?
I should add that I go jogging just about every night, and I swim two days a week...and I do not get this headache. So it does not seem to be related to exertion or heart rate, as my heart rate during jogging is obviously much higher than during sex. Should I be worried about this being an aneurysm? Should I demand more serious tests of some sort? If anyone can help me with this, please let me know, I would greatly appreciate it. I am pretty terrified. I have abstained from sex for a week now and am continuing to do so...
Thanks so much in advance.

Nick