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saemus posted:
My wife never gets headaches! Last month while driving through the mountains of North Carolina she started getting headaches and they have not stopped for a month. We ascended to approximately 5,000 feet a few times and descended rather quickly.
Our Dr. put her on butalb-acetamin-cafe,which has not helped,Now he wants her to go for a brain scan and M.R,I.
Could altitude sickness last this long? It seems like she may have the bends,If she has a glass of wine the headaches get worse!
Any advise would be appreciated!
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allie_bf responded:
Altitude can definitely bring on migraines in people who are sensitive to it (myself included.) The headaches specifically related to altitude should have subsided by now, but I wonder if she is getting rebound headaches. Over-use of acetaminophen containing compounds can also cause headaches, and many new migraineurs have a tendency to use too much pain medicine. It's very easy to get into the headache/take pain medicine/get new headache/take more pain medicine spiral, and much harder to get out of it. She may want to ask her doctor about other medication options, once her imaging studies confirm no worrisome sources for her headache. BTW, wine also can be a trigger for some people, and not just red wine, although that tends to be a more common trigger.


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