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Old 02-21-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Severe headaches when laying down

I've looked over the old posts on this board about this topic, and it seems I am not alone. I dread going to bed and to sleep. When I wake up, even if it is in the middle of the night, I have a terrible headache. It feels as if my head is going to explode-sharp pains in the back of my head, the top, around my eyes. Even if I just lay down for a nap, I wake up with a bad headache. I've tried sleeping with two pillows and it doesn't help. The headache lasts for a few hours in the morning with just a few "zaps" of pain, only to start up again at night. Nothing helps-no OTC or prescription strength pain relievers. Can anyone offer any advice? I'm supposed to see the neurologist next week. During the middle of the night I'm ready to run to the ER.

 
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Re: Severe headaches when laying down

Does it seem to be laying down or the sleep itself? If you are to lay down for a while but not fall asleep, does this still happen? I'd be curious to see if it's the laying down part or the sleep. If it's the sleep, maybe you can try to sleep more upright, although that would take some time to get used to. I've noticed that when I sleep on my stomach, it's been bothering my head. It used to never happen in the past, so I have no idea why.

I hope your neurologist is able to help you get this figured out!

 
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:31 PM   #3
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Re: Severe headaches when laying down

Ever been tested for allergies?

 
Old 03-03-2011, 01:40 AM   #4
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Re: Severe headaches when laying down

Yes, I have allergies, but I take a strong antihistamine for them.

 
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Re: Severe headaches when laying down

HI In this case I think I might want to sleep sitting up against about 6 pillows placed in a tile position on on top of another at about a 45 degree angle so that there is more comfort in sleep. If there is a weak aneurysm, in my opinion this might produce a bit less pressure inside the head until the neurologist can be seen and tests are done to figure out what is wrong. Perhaps the emergency room might be seen if it gets too bad.

Hope this is helpful have a nice day!

 
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Re: Severe headaches when laying down

I hope it isn't a weak aneurysm going on with you, but I would think this would be visible with an MRI. Have you had one done before? I've heard of a few people who had CT scans and needed an MRI to identify these if they were very weak or anything smaller that requires a more detailed scan. If you haven't had a scan before and are not able to identify the cause of the awful pains, I'd definitely check into it. I'll admit that I did not yet have an MRI, but my migraines are from very noticeable causes (menstrual cycle, certain foods, etc.) - I'll get an MRI eventually I am sure, but I'd get one right away if I couldn't figure out what was causing my migraines. Also, when you have seen doctors, what kind of doctors (like a general doctor or a specialist?) and what did they check you for? You mentioned that you have tried prescriptions, so I assume you have had this looked into. Did you get more than one opinion? I hope you are able to solve this very soon so you can get some peaceful sleep!

 
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