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Reversible Cerebrovascular Vasoconstriction Syndrome (RCVS): when a headache is not "just a headache" - The Stroke Blog
We live in a stressed out society. With greater pressures to be top performers in terms of productivity in the work place, as parents, as partners or spouses – something usually has to give. I find that one activity that becomes curtailed for many headache sufferers is sleep. “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!” How many times have I heard this statement, or some variation on it, when headache sufferers seek assistance from a neurologist? Even when headache sufferers are able to achieve eight hours of sleep each night, often the quality is poor. Bedtime is 1oPM, with full sleep onset at midnight or 1AM, and then it is time to start the day again at 6AM. Or just as common – a sleep aid medication brings the onset of sleep at 10PM or 11PM, but then at 4AM the person awakens again, fretting over the upcoming demands the new day promises. I have found that it has become routine for many patients suffering with headaches to write them off, since stress and sleep deprivation so often play significant roles. Perhaps over-the-counter NSAIDs are utilized, and then chronic daily headaches from analgesic overuse may develop. These may also be discounted, because headaches are present …