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So I've come to the conclusion this may be a thing for me. Getting headaches when happy or excited.

In the past certain events I was excited for have seemed to give me headaches.

When I went on a camping trip last year, on the first night I ended up having a crazy headache so bad I thought I was having an aneurysm. (I even vomited because the pain was so bad, and considered going home, but it faded out.)

Recently I was able to get a job I REALLY wanted, so of course I was happy. The first 4 days of actual work... were accompanied by a headache. I thought about going to the doctor, but it finally went away.

This week me and my partner are doing all our Valentine's Day stuff (we couldn't last week.) The past 2 days, of course, I've had a headache.

Is this crazy? I know excitement is technically "positive" stress, but stress nonetheless. I'm just trying to enjoy things! :S

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I don't know. It sounds plausible, but I personally haven't heard of it. There is such a thing as exertion headaches, which means you can get a migraine after sex (among other forms of exercise). But I haven't personally heard of getting headaches from being excited.


Maybe they're tension headaches? Those can get quite bad.

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^^I agree with the tension headaches ... had the same thought when I read your post.

 

Are you getting enough sleep?  Sometimes when I'm really enjoying things I find I can't/don't want to sleep as much, which will bring on a headache for me.

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^^I agree with the tension headaches ... had the same thought when I read your post.

 

Are you getting enough sleep?  Sometimes when I'm really enjoying things I find I can't/don't want to sleep as much, which will bring on a headache for me.

They are more along the lines of tension headaches. I have different kinds of headaches but yeah, tension is the closest definition when I get these.

I don't believe sleep is a factor, since I have insomnia and it's never bothered me before when I was up for days. I work the night shift at this new job, just on weekends, but they don't bother me then either.

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Haha guess who's birthday is coming up and is getting tatted for the first time and ALSO HAS HEADACHES AGAIN and never had any between my last reply and now.

This girl.

This is a thing with me. I'm convinced. I get headaches when I'm happy.

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Yes, I've definitely got excess of excitement or enthusiasm as a trigger for my relatively infrequent migraines.

I also have feeling superb and full of energy as a prodromal warning sign that, if noticed soon enough, can help me avoid the attack if I calm down and slow down.  But picking up "full of beans" as a amber light is not that easy as on the surface it is reporting "good day" rather than saying "this amount of bounce comes with major blowback."

 

Chris

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That's interesting, Chris. I've truly never heard of emotions causing migraines. I've heard of emotions being auras for migraines, but usually they are incongruent. I wonder which comes first in your case....

 

Paranoiding, Happy (ouch) Birthday (ouch). Hopefully the endorphin rush from the tattoo will help.

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It is an odd precursor

(or other association: co-incidence in the non chance sense.)

But it's too reliable to be other than a firm link.  Adrenaline trigger?  

 

Fortunately I've never been a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, so I've not had to explore in detail where the "too much " cuts in.

 

My other warning or aura that comes early enough for possible aversion of a full attack is olfactory illusion.  In my case a "burnt caramel" smell.  By the time I get skin or visual anomalies there's little to be done.

 

Chris

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I get a burnt wood olfactory hallucination. I don't always get a migraine from it. For the longest time I thought someone must be having a fire. Even if it were 100 degrees fahrenheit.

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But it's too reliable to be other than a firm link.  Adrenaline trigger? 

Possibly. Like I mentioned above even positive stress is still stress. Adrenaline, endorphins, all that. It just sucks these headaches are a result of feeling happy. That tells me a lot about myself and how flat I usually am as a person...

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my mother and I both experience this.  for example, when I was a kid and we'd be going to her mother's house (an 8+ hour drive, so it happened rarely), she'd get so excited and happy that she'd get a migraine.

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This topic is kinda old now, but I would like to update and say it's a thing that keeps happening. It's really a downer to be happy about an event and have a headache the week preceding up to it. :( 

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6 hours ago, Paranoidling said:

This topic is kinda old now, but I would like to update and say it's a thing that keeps happening. It's really a downer to be happy about an event and have a headache the week preceding up to it. :( 

I agree.  It's worse when the headache extends into the event (or whatever it is) and gets worse because of the added stress of not being somewhere other than home (or whatever place makes you feel less stressed).

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Personally, I don't think it's far fetched to think that excitement can lead to headaches. Emotional stress, exertion, and tension, are all rather usual triggers for headaches and/or migraines. Excitement isn't far off.

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There is a migraine "pain center" or generator in the brain. A migraine begins when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels, causing them to clamp down or constrict, followed by dilation (expanding) and the release of prostaglandins, serotonin, and other inflammatory substances that cause the pulsation to be painful.

~ exerpt, Guide to Migraine Headaches

WebMD isn't exactly the most technical source, but this simply talks about how blood vessels play a part in migraines. I can see how excitement, much like stress, can cause forced dilation on the blood vessels causing headaches; especially if you have a low "stress tolerance".

Have you seen a Neurologist to discuss this? 

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Paranoidling thanks for putting something like this out there I thought I was the only one that have this I do have insomnia and I don't believe it's tension headaches either because I can go days without sleeping and it didn't bother me either but when I got excited or if I laugh too much or something like that or around the lines of that ill have a splitting migraine for about 30 minutes to 45 minutes and yeah there is that boost before the migraine but by that time its to late 

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I call them happiness headaches. Anytime I laugh or feel extreme happiness for anything more than 2 minutes I get an excruciating pain in the back of my head that lasts for about 20 seconds after stopping said happy shit. This has been my life for the past 15 years. Everyone I tell about it says that's not normal.. I don't have health care so idk.. oh well

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I am a 40 year old male and have experienced this my whole life and looked online for others every now and then.  It is close to a tension head ache in that the same part of the back of the neck and head are affected however there is no muscle tension experienced during the event and it can come and go in seconds if I keep all joy in check.  What is actually happening is the unprotected portion of the vertebral Artery from the spine to the basilar artery swells.  the swelling can be felt just behind the ears and circling to the back of the base of the skull.  The pain is extremely intense similar to a cluster headache in that vision can be affected with halos that quickly goes away with normal blood flow being returned.  As a young man I did see a specialist about this issue and he was aware of the issue and sheepishly stated that it is common in serial killers.  I remember being taken back by that statement.  I could see how it might take someone who was already disturbed that way though as it almost feels like punishment for all of the good things in life.  It''s only personal emotional happiness or extreme sadness that affects this for me.  Moments of euphoria or dismay with close friends or family.  Laughter sadness or excitement alone never causes it.  I can go skydiving, wreck my car or get a huge tax return and it will never happen.  It is the emotional tie that seems to be the trigger.  I have never came across  another person with this issue.  I remember thinking something was seriously wrong with me as a child as know one else seemed to experience this.  I have always kept it in check by limiting my sense of  joy or loss with family and close friends and they understand even if I don't.  I am sorry to hear that someone else has this affliction however I am glad to see that I am not alone.  Even though the specialist seemed to understand the symptoms he said they do not know what causes it and can not treat it.  It does not affected my productivity as it only affects my down time with family and friends and for the most part I have learned over time how to cope with that.  In case this is being read by a young person experiencing this issue that not understanding what is going on I want you to know I have been successful in life in creating my own business, have a great relationship with my family, am happily married and at the time of posting this I have not started the hobby of serial killing.  It sucks however it is manageable. 

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I agree this can happen.

I get migraines from time to time which I'm near certain are a result of Ativan use over the years, luckily they're diminishing now.

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