Thunderclap Headaches: An Overview

Posted by on Dec. 19, 2012

If the headache you’re experiencing is the type that strikes very suddenly and peaks within a minute, you’re probably suffering from something called a ‘thunderclap headache’. While it sounds like nothing serious, this is probably one of the rare cases of a headache that you shouldn’t take lightly.

A thunderclap headache is not caused by the usual triggers of headaches. In fact, it can be a symptom of more delicate conditions. According to experts, thunderclap headaches could be a sign of bleeding in the brain, ruptured blood vessel, a brain tumor, bleeding in the pituitary gland, a blood clot in the brain, meningitis, and encephalitis, among others.

An attack usually takes hours or even days before it subsides. In some cases, patients even suffer from nausea and vomiting during a thunderclap headache onslaught.

If you’re suffering from all these symptoms, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to prevent the worst from happening.


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