Posted by: Dionisie Natea | 2019/08/20


cough/sneeze headache

I do not suffer from headaches or any other pains in general. But sometimes,very rarely, when i cough hard or sneeze i feel a very fast developing and acute pain in the back of my head what feels like is doubling in intensity every second, making me lose attention of anything else.I have to stop what i am doing and focus on finding a quick remedy. is that strong that i cannot even walk without holding myself of a wall or something. I found as a remedy so far moving the head and neck, going up the stairs (body/neck movement), cold compresses and fresh cold air easing the pain. Usually the pain last up to a minute or two. in the first episode lasted more than 30 minutes, time when i was bound to bed as i couldnt do anything. Lately i found that if i had a pain episode in the morning, may happen again during the day and i feel it again in the same day if having sex. I checked my blood pressure and found it normal-at 12/8 im 31 years old and first episode happened when i was 16.since then i had only 5-6 other episodes but due to the severity of the pain i'm like under a constant terror that could happen any time. 3 years ago i had 2 seizures at an interval of few months in between.At hospital i had several brain scans and i mentioned about this pain but doctors couldnt see anything or find any cause.

Expert's Reply


Headache expert
- 2019/09/03

Dear Dionisie,

I am sure that there is a simple answer to the problem but I would have to examine you to diagose the problem.

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