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Severe Exertion Headaches - need advice
spikingheadachesufferer posted:
I am a 41 year old and outside a being a few pounds overweight, I am a fairly healthy male. For the past 3 years, I have suffered from extremely intense headaches that are triggered anytime I hold my breath, bend over or lift anything. The headaches can last from 20 seconds to 2 minutes, but are absolutely excruciating. The headaches get more intense the more I do an activity that requires bending over or lifting. For example, when I recently assembled a TV stand, it required that I bend over for an hour or so at various time. The headaches from doing so were so intense I was afraid I was going to pass out. I have been to two neurologists, chiropractors and multiple family practitioners. I have had 2 MRIs on my brain and neck, a MRA to check my blood vessels and sinuses. There are no masses or constricted blood vessels. I have healthy blood pressure. No one has a clue what is causing these headaches. The headaches occur in multiple places, including the forehead area, near both temples simultaneously, in the back of the head towards the top or around the base of my head near the neckline. I am afraid to do several basic activities because they could trigger the headaches. My neurologist is recommending I get a CAT scan next and if that is inconclusive, he wants me to get a spinal tap to check the spinal fluid.

If you have any ideas I could share with my neurologist, please let me know. I need your help.
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svenne responded:
The ct scan won't give anything the mri doesn't.
This type of headache could have organic causes, fortunately they are all pretty much ruled out since the mri and mra looked good. You could still have IIH which is why the neurologist wants to do a spinal tap I guess. However, this is quite unlikely too since the mri didn't show any signs of this.

There is something called primary cough headache/primary exertion headache that gives these symptoms. It is generally treated with indomethacin.

There is also a possibility that you have some kind of weird migraine that gets triggered from these events you describe. Then you should try some migraine prophylactic, usually a blood pressure drug like propranolol or verapamil.

Best wishes!

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