I know I probably need to see my Dr., but for the last three weeks I have suffered headaches. I noticed a mention on Dr. Steven Park's thread. The headaches began as a migraine, and then the next day progressed to headaches. They don't ever go completely away, but aren't always horrible. I have had minimal migraines and headaches, but not for this length of time. I went on my VPAP machine in Nov 2010. Any input anyone?
How do you define "migraine"? Do you have a diagnosis of migraine? Do you take migraine specific medications like "triptans"? I'm just asking, since the way you are referring to this is different than I have heard it described before. If you are having migraine symptoms that progress to a migraine headache, then the treatment for that may be different than if you have another type of headache that is not neurological like migraine.
Sleep Apnea can trigger a migraine and also non migraine headaches. One possible cause is the lack of oxygen to the brain if your cpap therapy is not functioning correctly (mask issues, consistent use issues, sinus congestion issues, etc.) There are so many possible causes of headaches; if you are having significantly stronger, long lasting or repeat headaches, you should definitely see your doctor asap! It can be a combination of things as well, so keep that in mind when thinking about the possible causes and solutions. It may take more than one thing to fix it.
My severe headaches were relieved when I started using CPAP consistently over 20 years ago, but most headaches are not caused by OSA. Since you have noticed a sudden onset of persistent headaches, I advise that you get worked up by someone who knows how (neurologist, etc.)
I suffer from headaces, as well, the next day after using my VPAP. I went to my dr about them and was told that I needed a machine with the humidifier. Well, mine has that. So, I make sure that is full of "distilled" water all of the time. I, too, am on oxygen 24/7 and my machine has a spot to hook up the oxygen to it. Between the two I, also, have such a dry nose. I feel it is not a good combination at all. But I am learning to deal with the headaches and dry nose, and throat. My dr did suggest using a nasal saline solution to help with the dryness. It has been helping so far. Good Luck to you! I hope you find what works for you. ttfn
I was having chronic headaches and I quit diet soda. The sweetener was giving me a headache. I use a C Pap and that was not the problem.
Good Luck with that.