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flo's avatar

What causes waking with up with severe pain in the head, and then pain going away if you stay awake?

Asked by flo (7637 points ) October 24th, 2010

This is not me, I just know that the person got the pain repeatedly, whenever she went back to sleep. The pain keeps going away a few minutes after waking up with the excrutiating pain.

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janbb's avatar

Sounds like something to do with having your head in a different position, but the only answer to excrutiating pain in the head has got to be – see a doctor.

flo's avatar

@janbb thanks, seeing a doctor is a sure thing. It only happened about twice, months apart,so it is not urgent enough to go to the emerg. It will take a while to see the doc. But in the meantime we have never heard of such a thing, so I was trying to find out how many people have know of/have experience with this.

Aster's avatar

Could be severe teeth grinding. (bruxism)

perspicacious's avatar

If you drink coffee all day you might wake with a headache the next morning. This is from a neurologist. Same thing if you eat a lot of sugar all during the day. In both cases it’s kind of a withdrawal due to the eight hours or so without the caffeine or sugar.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Could also be sinus issues. Laying down could cause mucus to back up and cause pressure, whereas being upright facilitates drainage and reduces pressure.

nebule's avatar

I clench my teeth in my sleep kinda like bruxism and this makes me wake up with a headache which does gradually dissipate but I agree…they should go to a doctor.

flo's avatar

Thanks everyone. But it is not teeth grinding or sinus related. Also the pain is more than just the ordinary headache. “Excrutiating pain on the left side of the head and down the neck” is how she described it.

janbb's avatar

Yeah – excrutiating pain didn’t sound like sinuses or teeth-grinding to me, especially if it resumed as soon as she lay down again.

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