One of the most gratifying things that I like to hear from patients (besides “I’m sleeping better than ever”) is to be told that “my headaches are gone.”
I had two such events over the past two days. One patient underwent a conservative tongue base reduction using the Coblator tool, along with a modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Overall, it’s too soon to say if she’s cured of her obstructive sleep apnea, but she did mention that her headaches, which she suffered from on a daily basis for years, is now gone. Another patient told me today that after multilevel surgery for obstructive sleep apnea, his debilitating cluster headaches are now gone.
Not sleeping well due to major breathing problems can cause or aggravate a variety of different headaches. So these results are not too surprising.
Once in a while, someone will mention to me that just by not eating so close to bedtime, their headache disappeared. Others have told me that using Breathe Rite strips helps with headaches. This goes to show that anything you can do to breathe better and sleep better can potentially help with various headache syndromes.
If you used to suffer from headaches and not any more, what did you do to get rid of it?