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Headache, Thunderclap

Headache, Thunderclap Causes

Potentially life-threatening conditions that cause thses headaches include: bleeding between the brain and membranes covering the brain; a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain, which may rupture; a tear in the lining of an artery that supplies blood to the brain; a cyst that blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid; and death of tissue or bleeding in the pituitary gland.

Headache, Thunderclap Definition

A thunderclap headache is a severe headache that occurs suddenly. Since it is sometimes a sign of a medical emergency, one should seek immediate medical attention for any headache that occurs suddenly and severely.

Headache, Thunderclap Diagnosis

CT scans, spinal tap, MRI, and angiography are helpful in determinig the underlying condition that's causing the thunderclap headaches.`

Headache, Thunderclap Symptoms and Signs

Thunderclap headaches are dramatic since the pain strikes suddenly and severely. Some people describe the pain as the worst headache they've ever had. The pain peaks within a minute and usually lasts several hours ? although some thunderclap headaches may linger for up to 10 days.

Headache, Thunderclap Treatment

There is no single treatment for thunderclap headaches. Treatment is targeted at the underlying problem causing the headaches ? if one is found. If no identifiable cause can be found and there is recurring thunderclap headaches, the doctor may suggest preventive medicine to be taken on a daily basis. With or without treatment, thunderclap headaches often stop happening within a few days or weeks.

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