Thunderclap Headache Causes, Symptoms, Diagnoses And Treatment

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What Is Thunderclap Headache?

thunderclap headache is a headache that is severe and sudden-onset. It is defined as a severe headache that takes seconds to minutes to reach maximum intensity.

It can be indicative of a number of medical problems, most importantly subarachnoid hemorrhage, which can be life-threatening.

It may also be indicative of a potentially recurring headache disorder, known as primary thunderclap headache.

Causes Of Thunderclap Headache:

Thunderclap headaches can result from a number of primary conditions.

These include:

  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • Cervical artery dissection
  • Hypertensive emergency
  • Spontaneous intracranial hypotension
  • Stroke
  • Retroclival hematoma
  • Pituitary apoplexy
  • Colloid cyst of the third ventricle
  • Meningitis
  • Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome
  • Primary cough headache, primary exertional headache and primary sexual headache
  • Primary thunderclap headache

Symptoms Of Thunderclap Headaches:

Thunderclap headaches are known to be intense.

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
  • loss of consciousness

Diagnosis Of Thunderclap Headaches:

The following tests are conducted in order to diagnose thunderclap headaches;

  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Spinal tap
  • magnetic resonance angiography

Treatment Of Thunderclap Headaches:

There is no one treatment for thunderclap headaches. They vary in accordance to the underlying cause of the disease.

By : Natural Health News