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[NSFW] Do I really have to go to a doctor about this?

Asked by Mariah (19051 points ) October 31st, 2012

So this is kind of awkward but I was fooling around with my boyfriend this evening and I got a “sex headache,” one of the sudden onset ones. Never happened to me before. I thought it was just one of those weird things that happens sometimes but was surprised to find that webMD says to go to the doctor if this happens. It went away within minutes and the only lasting thing I’m noticing is a slight crick in my neck, like maybe I just moved in a bad way.

Do I really have to see a doctor? I’m honestly not worried about it and I know you shouldn’t always worry about what webMD has to say.

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trailsillustrated's avatar

No. it’s common, gymnasts and athletes get them too. It’s from holding your breath during exertion.

augustlan's avatar

I get these, and they are the worst. The first time, I thought I was dying. Apparently, it’s not that uncommon to experience orgasm migraines, but there is a possibility that it’s caused by an aneurysm. A friend of mine who gets them had to get a brain scan of some kind to rule it out, while my doc said “no biggie” and ran no tests at all. All things considered, I wish I’d had the test. I’d worry less about something happening.

Rarebear's avatar

Normally I don’t answer medical questions on Fluther but because it’s you I will. Generally speaking if you’ve never had a particular headache before then it’s advisable to go see a physician. It’s probably nothing.

DrBill's avatar

You need to see the doctor, just to be sure it is not something serious.

Most likely it is nothing serious, but are you willing to bet your life on it?

WestRiverrat's avatar

You don’t need to, but if it is something new it could indicate an underlying condition that could prove fatal if untreated.

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tedd's avatar

Personally I wouldn’t go if it only happened one time. If it happened often or repeatedly, I would definitely go. I occasionally get migraines at random locations for no apparent reason, so it wouldn’t throw me off if I had one during sex.

But it’s your own health, so take what precautions you will.

Mariah's avatar

Nothing can be carefree for me, can it.

What if I say I’ll go if it happens again?

wundayatta's avatar

Is it a headache or a migraine? Do you get migraines in other circumstances?

Mariah's avatar

I don’t get migraines.

How would I distinguish? As far as I could tell I just got headache.

JLeslie's avatar

If it happens repeatedly I would go to the doctor. Having said that I know a man who suffered from this for a couple weeks, finally went to the doctor. They CT scanned his brain, everything clear. Two weeks later it stopped. Who knows? I guess the problem is, if it is something bad, it can be really bad, so better safe than sorry. I am not sure what they worry about with sudden headache like that from orgasm, maybe aneurism? Total guess on my part. But, it does seem it is not that uncommon to get this type of headache, and most often it is nothing.

Shippy's avatar

I get that infrequently have done for about 20 years. I’m still alive kinda!

Mariah's avatar

Ugh so it happened again tonight, and worse. More painful and lasted longer. So on Monday I’ll go to my student health center. I don’t think they’ll be able to do much of anything but hopefully they can make the call to refer me to someone else or order up a test or just wait and keep an eye on it. It’s always something.

Bellatrix's avatar

Sounds like a plan. I had a sex headache once and was very pleased it never happened again. It was horrendously painful. I think if it kept happening, constantly waiting for the pain to start would put a serious dampener on things. Go and find out what’s going on and then your mind will be at rest.

Mariah's avatar

Went to the health center and she thinks it’s probably just my blood pressure spiking – I have pretty damn low blood pressure so there could definitely be a drastic change going on. It’s just weird that I’ve never had anything like this before. But she’s not worried, and just wants me to come back if I get worried or if I have additional symptoms. Works for me.

JLeslie's avatar

@Mariah Was your pressure actually high while in her office?

Mariah's avatar

She didn’t take it. But I also wasn’t having sex in her office, so I presume not :P She thinks I might be spiking during sex, while I usually run low, and the change might be causing the headaches.

JLeslie's avatar

I was just wondering if it had gone up in general.

Mariah's avatar

Ohhh. Well I last had it taken about a week ago and it was pretty much where it usually is. My “normal” changed about a year ago though. Used to be ludicrously low (about 90/60) but these days tends to be closer to 100 or 110 over 70 or 80. That happened around the time I came back to school, so when I became a lot less sedentary. But since then there hasn’t been any change.

Thanks for your help.

JLeslie's avatar

If it continues to go up get your thyroid checked.

Hopefully the headaches will just dissappear.

Mariah's avatar

Thyroid? I wasn’t really worried about it because my lifestyle changed, I get a lot more exercise always walking from place to place versus at home where I’m pretty lazy. And especially because it was so low before, it’s just becoming more “normal” now I feel. Why thyroid?

JLeslie's avatar

Only if your resting blood pressure continues to go up. High blood pressure is a symptom of low thyroid that doctors miss all the time. I don’t think it has anything to do with your headaches. The way you worded one of your recent answers it sounded like the doctor had found your pressure to be high, but I see now I interpreted that wrong, but you did say it is in general inching up. Your numbers are great numbers, but as you said you typically were quite low.

Mariah's avatar

Low thyroid is the one where it’s hard not to gain weight right? I really don’t think that’s me! But I’ll keep an eye on it, thanks.

Mariah's avatar

As suddenly as they started they have now stopped.

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