Posted by: Zeno | 2020/05/27


Is it possible for extreme (headache like) pain after brain surgery to be permanent?

Dear sir/madam, After a cerebral hemorrhage the pressure on my father’s brains got so grave he had to have surgery. The surgeon was able to remove the coagulated blood outside and partly inside the brain. We were told he might not survive the surgery but everything went well and the next day my father regained consciousness. The problem is it has been over a week since the surgery and although on better days we are able to communicate with him, he has a constant pain he rates 10 out of 10 which has not subsided for even a moment. He describes the same pain he was able to describe before he had surgery, the worst headache imaginable. The doctors are unable to find out what is causing this pain, he is refusing to eat and is getting more frustrated every day, to the point of begging us to end his life. He is also seeing things which are not there and crying out for his deceased parents to help him. First this was explained by the amount of pain medication he receives but this has been severely lowered since it had no effect. I am desperate to hear any possible causes/solutions to this pain, I have no medical knowledge and trust the medical experts, but it’s getting to the point where I fear this might be a permanent pain and we are selfishly prolonging his suffering. Is it possible this constant agony will never subside? Thank you so much for your time.

Expert's Reply


Headache expert
- 2020/05/29

Dear Zeno,

It is not usual to have this kind of pain after the haemorrhage has been drained - have your father's doctors done another brain scan to make sure that there has not been another bleed? If not then they should do so or you should get another opinion, as even experts can be wrong sometimes. 

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