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Nighttime headaches
Hi,

My mom has recently started getting nightime headaches almost regularly (every other night). She is 70 years old and has low blood pressure and also circulatory problems in her lower leg (vascular problem). Both lower legs have bluish patches (although previous diagnosis has not concluded this to be deep vein thrombosis). The symptom is she sleeps around 10PM but around 12:30 to 2:00PM, she wakes up with splitting headache and has sit in the chair till early morning and then headache subsides by itself. During the daytime, there is no sign of any headaches.

She also has been referred to the doctors earlier for below ailments:-

1. Left ventricle dysfunction in heart
2. COPD - pulmonary disorder where she inhales albutrol everyday
3. Vasculitis - lower leg ciruclatory problem
4. Artheritis - pain in the lower leg

Please give suggestions regarding her new problem (nighttime headaches) in context of the above seemingly related problems. She is not overweight or have diabetes. Also, please suggest the correct specialist M.D (Neurologist, Vascular surgeon?) for her to visit regarding headaches.

Thanks in advance!

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Hi,
Nighttime headaches can have many causes. Sometimes migraines and cluster headaches awaken a person from sleep. In other cases, nighttime headaches are actually hypnic — or "alarm clock" — headaches. Hypnic headaches begin only during sleep, usually awakening the person at the same time every night. Hypnic headaches are most common after age 50. The pain can be mild to moderate and usually lasts from 15 minutes to two hours, but occasionally longer. The exact cause of hypnic headaches isn't known.Please  see your doctor. Headaches are typically diagnosed based on a person's medical history and specific signs and symptoms. In some cases, imaging tests — such as computerized tomography — are needed as well. Treatment varies, depending on the type of headache and any underlying causes. Hope this helps you . Take care and regards !


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