Headaches Following Stroke

A reader asked for information on chronic headaches that began after a stroke when the patient was in his late 50s. All that I find is about headaches as a warning sign of stroke.

Do you have know any sources on headaches following a stroke? If so, please leave a comment.


68 Responses to Headaches Following Stroke

  1. Christina P says:

    Twenty-five per cent of strokes will present with headache as a symptom of the stroke. Usually, though, the headache is not a persisting problem.

    You do not mention whether the stroke was a hemorrhagic stroke (due to bleeding into the brain), or a thrombotic stroke (due to clot), or due to small vessel disease (damage of the blood vessel wall). A hemorrhagic stroke would be most likely to leave a sequela of headache.

    It would also be important to know whether or not there is residual high blood pressure.

    In other words, it depends, and is highly individualized to the patient, who should see a neurologist about his headaches.

    As is everything headache-related, but thanks for the good start!


    • Lauren says:

      I’m 26 and had a vertrebral artery dissection as they like to call it. Everyone’s right about the HBP but I haven’t had HBP since the artery healed, and I’ve had headaches the day of the stroke and almost everyday after. I had a lot of blood work done including for allergies, which can help solve where they are coming from too. It’s been two months so far for me, but physical exercise can bring them on and make them go away! My neurologist said “it’s just one of those stroke post symptoms people get”. But I thought the allergy test was clever so just a little advice if it helps.

  2. Roy says:


    I reaize it is over a year since you posted your question. My mother is 65, had a stroke last month (small vessel disease) and complains of the most severe headaches she has ever had. They are all the same as what she felt when she had the stroke (on the right side of her head behind her eye). They come at least once a day, if not more often.

    She has seen a Neurologist and other Dr.’s. No one can figure it out, they just prescribe tylenol with Codein.

    Do these resemble the headaches you saw? If so, did the headaches eventually go away? Or do they persist?

    I have also been unable to find any research on this.

  3. Megan says:

    Roy – Kerrie is on vacation until later this month and I am holding the fort. I will bring your comment to her attention so she can respond. I hope your mother’s pain resolves soon!
    – Megan

  4. Derek says:

    Hi, headaches are commonly a symptom for a stroke. Are you diagnosed with high blood pressure? Commonly hypertension patients experienced headaches oftenly. I would recommend you to consult your doctor as soon as possible. Take care of your health

  5. mike says:

    Hi, this message is for Roy Or Kerrie. How are the headaches now? what meds were used?

  6. John says:

    I had three blood clots (strokes) all at once when I was 50. I am now 52. Luckily, I have had little permanent damage except for loss of balance and daily headaches. Neurologists I have been to have told me that it is uncommon for stroke patients to have headaches after strokes and seem to not take me seriously. I continue working, I am an editor of a newspaper, but the daily headaches — from a dull ache to migraine — are wearing me down. I try to not take pain medication and only do when I just cannot get to sleep at night and the pain is immense. It is the lack of anywhere to go for help that is frustrating for me.

  7. Marty S. says:

    I suffered an eschemic stroke in November secondary to a blockage and a bleed (carotid). Since then, I have returned to work full time. However, I am suffering with severe headaches that seem to effect my vision (becomes blurred) and some nauseau. These headaches occur almost daily. The only other residaul effect from stroke are my fine motor skills. No one seems able to tell me why I am experiencing these headaches. Any comments??

  8. Melissa says:

    I had a stroke early november of ’10. Had two bleeds on the brain caused by hypertension that nobody, including my doctors, knew existed. I’m told by my neurologist and cardiologist that frequent headaches are VERY common after a stroke. Something about the brain healing, absorbing all the extra blood etc. They say that the headaches will vary person to person but can last at LEAST 6 weeks after the stroke and they are not surprised when I tell them I’m still getting at least one per day. I just take a Tylenol now and it usually takes care of the problem.
    Hang in there folks, it does get better it just takes time for the body to heal.

    • Tina says:

      My husband had a brain stroke with tro surgery and now after 3 years are having severe short sharp headache what is the cause off it??

  9. Kim says:

    I am 30 years old and had an ischemic stroke in December ’10. I had a mild history of migraines prior to my stroke, but in the last two months, migraines and daily headaches have become the norm. I have been trying to find a balance between taking prescription meds and over the counter meds to manage the pain. I have found very little information about headaches following a stroke and when to be worried and what is to be expected. I was very lucky, as I have had very few other side effects from the stroke, and am interested to find out how much of the headache pain can be related to the recovery.

  10. Dena says:

    My husband suffered a second (first was almost 2 years ago) lacunar infarct of the left basal ganglia about 3 weeks ago and the headache, nausea and dizziness have been constant since then. Like most have you we have been told it has nothing to do with the stroke, but no one can tell us what it is due to or how to relieve it. Waiting on a neuro appt. Hopefully will be able to get some answers. God bless all of you. Here’s to hoping we all find the answers and relief that is so needed!

  11. viktorka says:

    Looking around on the internet I see that half of the doctors say it is common to have headaches after stroke and half of them say it is very rare. What is the truth?

  12. cap says:

    My wife has suffered 2 strokes in 05, and have since has suffered from these daily headaches. She is currently on Hydroco/apap 10-325, neurontin,and But/apap/caf(fioricet),tylenol. The headaches sometimes subside and return, I have been searching for an answer and to no avail. I don’t know if the other medications are a true comtibuting factor to the headaches(most medications have side effects of headaches). I’m in need of a doctor who will take the time to evaluate all of her meds. I have tried several doctors to find no help. It hurts me to see her in pain that I cannot help. I can only give her what she is prescribed and have to watch her PT/INR level, since she is on coumadin.

  13. Sherry says:

    My husband had a stroke almost a year ago and since then he suffers daily headaches. The stroke impaired his vision in both eyes, but the headaches are on the right side of his head. He starts seeing black dots in the right eye and then here comes the headache. We are at a complete loss of what to do. I took him to a neuro opthomaloigist and he said he may suffer the headaches for the rest of his life. These headaches have affected every aspect of our lives.

    • Melanie says:

      Hi Sherry,
      I’m just wondering if you’ve found any answers in your husbands situation. My boyfriend has suffered with chronic double vision and headache pain since his stroke almost three years ago. He also sees a Neuro Opthomoligist and has even had some visual improvements with his treatment but the headaches are the worst. They are to the point that they interrupt daily life. We are desperately searching for help.

  14. Cheryl says:

    I sympathise with you all because I know how frustrating it is to try and get answers from the medical professionals. I had a hemmoraghic stroke due to high blood pressure in September 2010 and although I have progressed greatly, I still suffer daily from “burning”, “bruising” pains in my head. My whole head used to pain but now it mostly pains on the side I had the bleed.I say “bruising” pains because it’s the same pain as when you bump your head. If I rub that area it seems to relieve it for a short while.The “burning” pains just come and go all day. The pain actually exhausts me. My Specialist prescribed Tramacet tabs for me. Unfortunately they don’t help at all. I went back to see him last month to complain about the persisting pain but he sent me for a neck x ray which showed that all was well with my neck (which I could have told him)It obviously is due to the stroke that I have this pain, but I don’t know what to do to get answers and relief.My bood pressure is under control so I don’t get headaches from high blood pressure. Anyone out there who can help ? Please I’m desperate.

  15. nancy gregory says:

    I took my mom to the dr. for headaches and he started her off with low dose topiramate25mg then he will increase if needed. If was the first time in a month we both had almost a full nights sleep. She was getting up every hr. to go to the restroom. Now only once also it does not interact with a lot of the drugs she is on.

  16. Gayle says:

    I had a mini stroke which affected my whole left side including speech. It has been three weeks and I have mostly recovered everything. Everyday I get the same headache I had before the stroke. I can push on the parts of my head that hurt and that makes it hurt more. The Drs. have all said they don’t know what it is: sinus, cervical vertebrae, etc., etc. I get very dizzy and sick to my stomach with the pain and sometimes my arm and leg go numb, just like before the stroke. Nothing helps. I have high BP. and am on meds. For a few days, taking 1/2 of a Benedril helped a lot, so I thought it was allergy. It no longer helps. I found the greatest help in controlled breathing: a short quick intake breath and a long out go breath. Also, extreme stretching of my limbs as with Yoga has helped a great deal. The Yoga hurts when I do it, but it eases the pain afterwards. But the breathing is the greatest help.

  17. WILLOWS MOM says:

    I had a stroke two months ago. No headache until they released me from the hospital. I had migrains, until I had a massive heart attack. For 8 years after the heartattack no migrains. Now I have a nasty lowgrade ache in my head, most of the prior posts mention the right side of the head hurting, interesting. I am trying accurpuncture and other eastern medicine. I am affraid to add more chemicals to my system. I know a chiropractor helped my migraine pain. However, that treatment did not stop the headaches.

  18. april says:

    i am 26 years old and had a stroke in aug 2011. ever since then i keep these headaches that don’t seem to want to go away. what can i do???

  19. Doanl O'Connor says:

    I am a male of 56 years and had a chronic subdural haematoma in 1997 and following a burr hole evacuation, had two further spontaneous bleeds, reasons unknown. I have suffered from pulsile type headaches ever since, where sometimes my vision is blurred and on some occasions, the pain radiates down both of my arms. I have seen numerous neurologists and have had loads of MRI scans but nothing has shown up except scarring from the original bleed. The last diagnosis I had was for post-traumatic migraine but so far no medication has helped. I have some slight problems with my speech and have poor concentration and short term memory. I had a black-out the other day while standing on a chair and reaching over my head to adjust a light fitting. My GP said that this happened because my corotid artery was kinked because of bending my neck back and this problem is often seen in women after they have been to the hairdresser having had their neck bent back in a hood-type dryer.
    Help anyone?

  20. Paul says:

    I have had 2 Strokes one in 2005 & One in 2009 I now do get very frequent headaches (Daily) are those signes of another Stroke to come?

  21. Natalie says:

    I am 24, and less than 3 months ago I suffered from an ischemic thalamic stroke. I still haven’t regained all the feeling in my left hand and often lose it in my face. I have a long history of migraines, some lasting up to 2 weeks at a time. Because of my lack of insurance, I can not find a neurologist that will even consider speaking with me. I am still unsure of what even caused the blood clot that caused my stroke. Anyway, my migraines now are so severe I can not function. I lose the ability to speak, walk, make a fist with either hand, weakness in all limbs, nausea and vomitting, and my blood pressure spikes. I can not get any medical professional to understand that I know what a migraine is, and this is no ordinary migraine. The pain gets so severe that I have “blacked out” before. I can’t keep doing this. I am on 325mg of aspirin a day, but it was suggested that I up it to 650mg. I honestly don’t think my body could handle more. If there happens to be anyone out there with any kind of answers or suggestions, please help me. I live in East Tennessee, if anyone even has a lead on a neurologist. Thank you all for helping me feel not so alone. God Bless

  22. I had two strokes in April of 2011.Since then I have daily headaches from anywhere from mild to major,but regardless daily.My neuorologist says she does not believe in narcotics.I do not like to take them,but some days its all that works.I have also continued to have loss of memory,and it seems to be getting worse.

  23. Mr. Brown says:

    I too suffered a stroke in May of 2011. I am 30 years old and in perfect health. The reason for the stroke are still unclear but a clot is suspected. I have a history of migraine but they were occasional. Since the stroke I take baby aspirin every morning and have frequent headaches and have no reason from the doctors as to why. For the post few months the headaches have been everyday. Nothing overpowering just there in the background. Sometimes I even feel like my brain is buzzing at night. So strange?? But doctors keep telling me nothing is wrong and my heath is perfect. Medication such as tylenol or advil does not take the headache away. I wonder what else I can use. I do fear this may be a sign for a stroke to hit again since the headaches have picked up. Just praying to God that I’m as good to go as the doctors say. I pray we all find answers. God bless.

  24. Terry Jones says:

    I had, what you would call in the medical field as a “watershed” stroke. Which, what I was told is due to a rapid decrease in blood pressure. Ironically, it was alomost 2 weeks to the day, thet I had started high blood pressure medicine. Also, ironically, there was absolutly no way the medicine could have been a cintributing factor according to the hospital and doctors. The stroke presented its ugly self on my left frontal lobe and of course effected my right side of the body, totally sucks, since I am right handed. I have a question….I have had migraines…but these are much, much worse…my head even hurts to lay it on the matress. Stress and fatigue are haunting me and my husband. He does not try to understand and he can not understand why I am spent went I get home from work. I am JUST so tired, can I fix this…PLEASE healp. My head is stil F’ed up and unfortunately the person I work with plays a sick, sadistic game with my head. I know… husban is unemployed so dupping this want to be “Primo” (hair abve minumim wage, is out of the question. Please stop the headache and I am sure it will help some. Thank you,

  25. April says:

    I am 26 years old and I a stroke in Aug. 2011. Ans since then I suffer from serve migraines. And now the doctor says that I have panic attacks. So I know how all of you feel. The artery in the back of my neck dissected which caused me to be off balanced and unable to see. I was put in the hospital for 2 weeks and had a tube put in my head. I had headaches before the stroke.

  26. Jane says:

    My first question here is if any of you are getting a response from anyone with any type of answers or referrals?

  27. Jane says:

    I am hoping for some information if any can be given. My boyfriend had a stroke August 2009 @ 46 years old. (this is the short of things.)He has migraines 3-5 days a week. So.. They claim it was not a stroke after a battery of tests. They said he had a burnt nerve in his neck and when this “repairs” itself naturally the headaches should subside. They diagnosed him with Bell’s Palsy and insist that this is not the cause of said headaches. After seeing a number of specialist and trying about 15 different medications, from anti-seizure type, to migraine meds, to painkillers and various other types. However, none of these medications have helped. Even the pain medicines do not help. At this point he has stopped taking all medications except the occassional pain reliever. The frustrating thing is that it seems all of the doctors just say sorry there is nothing that can be done. However, they do not realize the cause and effect that this creates. After his disability ran out (and 2 years of fighting for permanent disability ssdi) he returned back to work as a diesel mechanic. However, we are at the stage again where he is going to be let go because he can either not be at work on a controlled substance (pain medicine) or has to call in because of the pain and nausea and sensitivity to light and sound, etc. Anyway, I am just hoping we can find a solution to the headaches. Thanks in advance.

  28. april says:

    what meds has he tried for the headaches? and have you been to a neurologist?

  29. debbie says:

    Wow! After reading all of these comments I feel like I am part of a family of people. I have had 2 strokes on my left side. I had a head injury which the doctors knew about in 2003 but thought was not an issue.
    They knew I needed other surgeries and time to heal but who would of thought a head injury even though they know the left side of my head hit the pavement hard. In 2005, everyday I had major migraines and they did the CAT and MRI’ s and saw 2 stokes on the left side. My blood pressure was always high as a child and adult but I wasn’t even 50 years of age until 2005 so this was unbelievable to me. Since then my migraines are worse and I can feel the 2 stroke areas that are damaged in my brain while I having my migraines. Yes, It is odd but true and I believe one day no matter what type of medication I am on (380 mg a day of inderal and 200 mg a day of topmax)I will finally have my last one and if that occurs I believe the left side pain will not be a problem and I will drift off and do thank GOD for going out quickly. I truly believe it will be fast. I just had MRI’s May 2012 and have doctors office in 2 days. I have been diagnosed with meniere disease and realize that is why I fall so much. My uncle died at age 62 after several years of brain tumors (cancerous) cut out of his brain.
    About working folks if you have these problems you will not be able to work.

  30. Robert Bell says:

    I had two strokes in October of 2012. A stint was put in and hopefully that’s that. Know I am trying to get back what I lost. On Novemer 27 I was doing some that exerted my self and I got headache, felt like one that you get when you drink or eat so ethi g cold to fast. It lingered all day. Since then whenever I do phisical activity it returns but seems to be In the back ground always. I was looking on line for info. Seems to be some confusion about headaches and strokes. Since I never got headaches before I have to sum mize it is related. At 50 I’m in good health all but the blockage that caused the strokes. I would like confirmation that this is not a sign of more to follow. Reluctant to go to the doctor. They will just do a lot of testing that will cost and no real diagnosis. The stories were good, I’m not in this boat alone. Aleve seams to help. I’ve been tired lately. So gonna try to get more rest to see if that helps. Any info regarding this would be helpful.

  31. jhong says:

    I have read the entire comment and only once did I saw the reply of the moderator or even the doctor. But the information I gather to all the shared experience of people that encounter headache post-stroke seems to be as common as the the stroke itself. Doctors may not think it is NOT common because people have different pain tolerance and people who luckily survives the stroke can provide this experience. I am also a victim of minor stroke just 2 weeks ago and undergone a number of test that shows nothing that might cause of this headache at back left side of my head.

    The brain and its function is still a less known part of the body because no one has ever live to tell the tale after their brain is studied under the microscope so even with the most sophisticated testing the brain shall still not provide the answer to all its mystery. All we can do is to try to put aside the pain mentally and do things that can take our mind off the pain. But still hoping for the best for all of us that is suffering with this dilemma.

  32. Pam says:

    My husband had a stroke 3 weeks ago in the left cerebellum which resulted in severe and constant headaches and dizziness. These were also the symptoms of the stroke. There has been no change from the sudden onset of the stroke. Dilaudid is the only medication the gives him any relief, but is also a strong narcotic and impairs his ability to actively participate in his rehabilitation. As with everyone else that has posted here the doctors seem unconcerned with the headaches. But they are severe and debilitating. Thanks to all who posted as it helps to know we are not alone. But I’m not sure how long he can deal with this pain.

    Any suggestions for relieving these headaches would be greatly appreciated.

  33. Robert Black says:

    I suffered a peripontine subarachnoid hemorrage four and a half weeks ago, I still have almost constant headaches. I have been taking the maximum amount of Tylenol since my release from the hospital (500mg every 4 hours).
    I can only hope this wont last much longer…

  34. Karen says:

    Like many of you my mom suffered a stroke 7 years ago and has experienced headaches ever since (scale of 1-10). The doctor doesn’t seem to be too helpful and I feel pretty helpless to help her. Everyone here has very similar symptoms yet there doesn’t seem to be anything to make everyone feel better.

  35. Magin says:

    My husband had a stroke in Oct. 09. since then he has developed severe migraines which will land him in ICU do to them looking like strokes or TIA. The Dr, including 4 different neurologists, here were no help in finding answers or giving him anything for the headaches. We have found that Fioricet and 1or2 cans of Coke depending on the severity will work. I found this by trial and error and by talking to other nurses I work with. Amitriptyline also seems to help as a preventative measure for him. The headaches are less now, but can be triggered by stress. I hope this helps all of you with the post stroke headache.

  36. Melinda says:

    My husband had a stroke when he was 25 that one was march 15 1998 he has a mini stroke and mad sauce stroke on march 5 2013 the first stroke left headaches that ran up the back of his neck into his forehead After this last stroke the headaches are now behind his right eye these headaches are dibilitating he can not function when he get them his doctor is currently treating him with a med called indemethosin he just started that yesterday

  37. Ruth says:

    Same story here…stroke at 35, now bad headaches, luckily not every day.
    amazing how many people suffer from post-stroke headache and the doctors are pretty helpless with it by the sound of things…what helps me is plenty of water and Tiger Balm on the spot under which it hurts(really, try it, I didn’t believe in it either…)
    also, stress seems to trigger it and my physio, who is doing research in post stroke pain syndromes, says it is quite common and due to the scarring in the brain. he says it can be a delayed reaction to stress (either emotional or physical, e.g. dehydration, fever/illness…) for up to ten days.
    very interesting.
    I haven’t seen him for a year, but my headaches are getting more frequent again so I will see him next week. will let you know it there are any new ideas after that!

  38. Marivel says:

    I had a stroke May 2011…Ever since then I have had a lingering headache. My doctors think that because my entire right side goes numb and slur my speech that they might Hemiplegic Migraines. Personally I am not really convinced of it. They prescribed me Tramadol. It seems to head the very serious nausea and screaming because of the pain.

  39. Dxee says:

    I had a Stroke August ’13. Headaches followed. In hospital I was brushing teeth started gagging tried clearing throat loudly. I was right near nurses station. No one came I gagged and grunted at least 10m or so. No one came, however I was told that it was a seizure later. After complaing so much about the headaches they took to MRI and said having seizures . I would dream profusely and remember every detail. To this day May 2013, I still have headaches. In hospital was prescribed SEIZURE MED(Levi??) or LEX??something -not sure about namely/caz not near my prescription bottle but it is a long word. TAKE 2XDAILY rest of my life per Neurologist. Very low dosage willnot affect me type med per N. NO MORE HEADACHES unless I get off schedule forget to take.
    Also I know exactly when I miss taking it. Head starts to hurt and @nite start dreaming a lot one after another wakes me up like dream was real, pressure pressure pressure in my head like a struggling nightmare in my head/dreams til I suddenly wake. I Take med and go back to sleep in about 15min. However, I was only brushing teeth didn’t have seizure — no nurse ever came to my rescue as I recall. But this diagnosis accompanied with prescription get rid of headaches as long as I take 2aday. Thx

  40. jannie says:

    I had a choroidal ischemia about 4 months ago. I had worst headache for days and then a flash of bright light in my left eye that lasted for hours and left a ghost on my eye which blinded me. I had bad headaches from about 10 years old, progressively getting worse (with aura) . I am now 46. have partial loss of my vision on the left eye. has gotten a little better, but now dr. says it will probably remain like this. I have terrible headaches on left side , behind eye, and headaches almost everyday, they start off and get worse everyday, with nausea, confusion, weakness, and flash of light in left eye like when I had the original ischemia. dr. says it may be due to scar tissue or something and it will also probably continue like this. don’t know how much worse headaches could get, and I tell my husband if I die of a stroke now it would probably be a blessing. it’s sad but also comforting to read all these stories and feel a connection with all of these people. u of m head of stroke clinic said he was unfamiliar with what happened to me, thankfully my neurologist in Dearborn mi is familiar with it, and I have a great eye specialist. it’s all so scarry and I assume i’ll die of a stroke now, kind of glad I was never able to have children now. I think dr’s are scratching their heads at a lot of these cases, and I do see some commonalities among stories. I have considered looking into acupuncture, and chiro does help but only for the rest of the day I see her. I do take zophran for nausea and it does work fast gives relief for that.

    • It sounds like you’ve been through the wringer. I wonder if your stroke somehow kicked your already present migraine into chronic and daily. What you describe as headaches sound a lot like migraine to me. Are you getting treatment for migraine?

  41. so tired says:

    I had a large Tia 3 years ago, I thought I was lucky to still have all my faculties. But then the headaches started and my neurologists cant figure it out.Has felt like we have thrown almost every drug possible at it. Currently on 40mg oxis 3x s day, at this point I would have traded my mobility and cognition to escape the headaches. I know at dome point the pain meds will not work anymore. I have tried many different holistic methods, next one on the list is hypnotherapy. Battling severe depression and suicidal thoughts. Stroke was caused by a clot and a PFO. If anyone has any suggestion would love to hear them.

  42. Carmella vanatta says:

    Hi all,
    Well I feel so discouraged reading all these letters. My husband suffered a stroke in nov 2012. He has some memory loss and the only other long term effect has been the horrible daily headaches. I don’t understand why there doesn’t seem to be one dr with an answer to this serious problem. To suffer with moderate to mostly severe headaches everyday of ones life is a horrible way to live.
    I hope someone out there has some good news concerning this problem. I just feel so bad for him.
    Take care all.
    Carmella vanatta

  43. Joyce Coleman says:

    I had a mini stroke Easter Sunday 2013 brought on by severe stomach pain I was 52 female left side went numb , drooling,speech was in hospital a week since then I have head ache in back of my head and nausea and vision problems I do not know when to go to ER I have had several attacks of slurred speech ,unsteady I still use a cane and my memory is affected. all I am on is plavix

  44. Susann Guevara says:

    Hearing ALL these comments are breaking my heart…My husband as well had a stroke in march of 2014 Ischemic stroke then a week later a bleed..He has had HORRIBLE headaches ever sense we have a neurologist but she is NOT sure, Also varies Dr’s ALSO are un certain of why he still has headaches and now were talking a year in a half later PLEASE IF ANY ADVICE I WOULD APPRECIATE IT!! My husband is SUFFERING from this I do not know what else to do I am researching EVERYTHING possible…

  45. Pavan says:

    Hi, My friend has a blood clot in her head, which was diagnosed recently few days ago a stroke with left sided weakness. Since then headache is persisting constantly and unbearable. Please tell me how can she get rid of this trouble some headaches and also tell some medications for her to get rid of this headaches.


    • Hi Pavan, since your friend’s stroke was so recent, it could just be a matter of time before the pain goes away. She’ll need to talk to her doctor about the best way to treat the pain — it’s important to be sure the medications she takes won’t cause any other problems related to the stroke. If the headaches persist and her doctors are unable to help, a headache specialist may be able to help her. Most are neurologists and have knowledge about both stroke and headache. This page has links to three different lists for headache specialists: I wish your friend the best of luck. I’m glad she has someone looking out for her.


  46. Steve says:

    The sub-arachnoid hemorrhage that I suffered in 2004 has left me with daily headaches that usually range between a 1-4 on a scale of 1-10. Doctors have been absolutely useless in determining why or what to do for effective treatment. I rarely had headaches prior to the stroke. Now it daily feels as though someone removed my skull cap and took sandpaper to the top of my head along with the ongoing, dull ache. It’s quite different than any pre-stroke headache.Very unnerving and definitely an ongoing, unwelcome companion. Ibuprofen once or twice a day has been my “cut the edge off” approach so far. New research on tocotrienols looks promising and has prompted me to start taking it as of yesterday. I’ll report back if I experience any positive effect. As a musician, I’m fortunate to get brief reprieves as I don’t usually feel (or notice) the headaches when I practice or perform.

    • Steve, thanks for sharing your story and letting us know what you’re trying next. I’ve added tocotrienols to my research list. Please let us know how it works out for you.

      Take care,

  47. Jade says:

    I’m 24 and had a cavernous sinuous thrombosis (and another clot on the left in the brocas area) 3months ago that was related to my son’s birth two weeks prior. I’ve always gotten migraines before but they got worse after, with a bonus pain down my neck and right arm. My neurologist put me on topomax which largely helps, but last night I had another migraine and later had difficulty speaking like when I had my stroke. I slept it off and think I’m fine now, but was that a residual effect of the stroke or was it another mini stroke? I have so many hospital bills and the thought of spending any more time in that place is nauseating.

  48. Jade says:

    Oh I forgot to mention there are still clots and I’m on Coumadin to dissolve them. I also banged my head last night but the headache started before that (tge speech issue was after ). I’ve gotten CT scans for hitting my head already (other times) and it’s always nothing. That was also a typo and should have said 4 months ago (January 2015)

    I also have been having issues with memory and being generally forgetful. My boyfriend has no patience or sympathy and yells at me if I’m having a slow/ off day or ask for help with our baby (like last night).

  49. Toby Friend says:

    I had a stroke in 2009 (I was 39) and was lucky enough not to have any major effects except the constant headaches.i am now suffering so much that I have not been able to work and no one understands.I am severely depressed and just want a normal life back.I cannot afford to quit my job and lose my insurance,but I cannot deal with feeling like this much longer.I feel so sorry for everyone on this blog because I see they are as fed up as I am.I pray that we will all find some help somehow.

    • Toby, I’m sorry you’re struggling so much. It’s exhausting to have head pain all the time. Please hang in there. It may take a while to find them, but there are effective treatments out there. Best of luck finding relief.

      Take care,

  50. Melissa says:

    I am 41 & I had a Vertebral Artery Dissection which caused two strokes a month ago. I didn’t get headaches prior to unless I hadn’t eaten or needed to drink more water. I now have a headache, seems like, everyday. I have a follow up MRI on Thursday & I am going to talk to my Neurologist about this persisting headache issue & see if he will okay me getting acupuncture. I saw this article online & I peaked interest for me

    • Hi Melissa, I’m sorry to hear that. I’m sorry you’re dealing with lingering headaches. Acupuncture certainly helps some people, though it’s important to be aware that headaches and migraine attacks are not the same thing (and a bad headache is not necessarily a migraine). A migraine is a neurological disorder that has symptoms far beyond head pain. Which ever one your strokes led to, having an accurate diagnosis will help you find effective treatments more quickly.

      Take care,

  51. Nick says:

    I had a stroke in December 2014, ever since then I have a headache ranging from mild to severe. I feel sorry for the people on this blog. I know what they are going through. I have taken aspirin, migraine medicine, gabapentin, propranolol, hydrocodone, alprazolam, amitriptyline nortriptylin and naproxen just to name a few. My neurologist gave up on me – not that he doesn’t believe I have daily headaches – because he ran out of ideas to stop a headache. I think he believed a headache wasn’t possible due to a stoke. I think I made him a believer though.

  52. Kimberly says:

    I too Can sympathize with you all. I had an Ischemic stroke, 3weeks ago and have suffered every day with a bad headache. My doctor felt confident that if a I took Neurotic theft that headache would subside, to no avail. I have also been told, they could last a month or 2.uggggggg

  53. Jodi Genagon says:

    Reading all of your comments really helps me feel like my Mom is not alone. She had a mild stroke 7 days 63..and at this point I believe is losing hope. She was always a migraine sufferer prior to stroke..but now the headaches are debilitating since we have been home from hospital. As her primary caregiver at this time I am helpless to know what to do to help her besides ensure she takes all her medicine as needed and reassure her that time will heal her and quality of life will return. After reading ALL the same stories of similar migraine suffering of nausea, intense pain, I really do wonder if they will stop. She sees neurologist on Monday..I pray for insight and possible alternative solutions. Her worry of no relief to the pain thru the prescribed meds increases her anxiety and I am seeing nighttime is 10x worse than daytime for her. Any help is appreciated..thank you

  54. Melissa says:

    HI All,
    I had 3 ischemic strokes back in April & spent 5 days in the hospital & approximately a month out of work. I had dizziness & headaches everyday until I started getting acupuncture.
    I had resolved any residual headaches & dizziness. I highly recommend. I checked with my neurologist before (which of course I would recommend to you also) & he said Absolutely I can have acupuncture.

    • Nick says:

      Did it really work Melissa ? How often did you go ? I’ve had headaches ever since my stroke which will be 10 months ago. If acupuncture works for this it would be well worth the try. It would be a glimmer of hope.

      • Melissa says:

        Hi Nick, yes it did help & I noticed immediately. I started with once a week & tapered off. I did not have debilitating headaches but all day everyday headaches. Sometimes I would get sharp pains in my head & a kind of cramping along my jawline. The Doctor administering your Acupuncture will give you personal recommendations as to how often they think you should have it done.

  55. Teresa says:

    I had a small hemorrhagic stroke almost 3 weeks ago. I really have received no answers and feel like I’m being brushed off by the doctors. I was in the hospital for 2 days, and no answers at all. They kept insisting the bleed was from some sort of trauma, yet I have had none. I had not hit my head, etc. I was told the bleeding would go away on its own and am hopeful. Yet everyday I feel like there is so much pressure in my head. I have headaches all day everyday since. I had terrible headaches just before the stroke occurred. I have had terrible headaches for many years and had several TIA experiences before even though the doctors insisted they weren’t TIAs. I am not feeling well, very tired all the time, head just aches off and on all day, sometimes I feel dizzy and disoriented. I’m just so afraid the stroke is going to happen again. Did any one feel the same after your stroke. I hope it will get better.

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