Sleep Apnea Treatment Cures Migraine For NFL’s Percy Harvin

Minnesota Vikings’ Percy Harvin was carted off the practice field last month due to a migraine attack that caused him to vomit and collapse. After being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and undergoing treatment, he reports that he no longer suffers from migraines. Migraines are a major potential complication of any condition that prevent good, efficient sleep, including obstructive sleep apnea. Since we know that football players are much more susceptible to obstructive sleep apnea, Harvin’s experience is not surprising.

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6 thoughts on “Sleep Apnea Treatment Cures Migraine For NFL’s Percy Harvin

  1. Sadly enough doctors that I’ve been to for sleep deprivation do not hold any regard for sleep apnea for physically fit people such as myself (even with unexplained elevated blood pressure). Obviously if Percy Harvin can have osa then maybe it’s time to realize that fit individuals can have osa related problems. After 2 in hospital sleep studies and diagnosed with just mild osa there was no treatment offered except for not sleeping on my back.

    I have experienced chronic migraines for the past 10 years and the only time I do get relief is when I get a good night of sleep. Therefore, there is no doubt that migraines can be a symptom of poor sleep resulting from osa or perhaps other sleep disorders.

    Currently still suffering from terrible sleep deprivation (and deteriorating my well being significantly as each year/day goes by) and no more health care options, my next venture is to try and sleep with surgical nasal tubes to keep my nasal passages open at night. I can get a more restful sleep when I use nasal spray but the rebound effect makes it negligent for use of more than one day. I have tried migraine medication, allergy shots, and been to various ent’s (however no nasal endoscopys done) so I feel that I had not received adequate care. I also have tmj but the device has not helped me sleep and I believe I have now amassed many symptoms due to lack of proper oxygen and breathing at night.

    Well I’m too tired to right a conclusion but I’m glad he got help because not sleeping is a terrible way of life.

  2. I honestly didn’t look over the site before I posted but after reading one of the pages and see you are talking about a narrow airway passage and consequential narrowing of the jaw, this certainly describes my features. I am too tired to read on anymore but will check it out tomorrow and see what else you have to comment and contribute to…. it seems like you are a doctor that actually cares! Which I know is a rarity today. Thanks

  3. I use to get migranes weekly and some so bad that i could not move. I have not had a bad one like that for about 1 year. The reason I believe it was happening so often was SODIUM, I have been watching my sodium intake over the last year and doing my own tests and everytime i got over 75% of my daily sodium intake, I get a migrane. I have had about 5 migranes this last year since i started doing this. So if you are having problems with migranes try this.

  4. I’m not sure that my migraines are sleep apnea-related or not. I know I snore, but my husband has never told me that I stop breathing during my sleep. I am wondering if my migraines are hereditary? My mother had them, but the older she got (after her menopausal years), the fewer migraines she experienced. I also have a niece who has more severe migraines than I. I am not overweight, but I’ve heard several suggestions, such as cutting out my refined sugar completely. I take a drug called Zomig, and I take it at the onset of a migraine. It numbs the pain, but also messes with my stomach. I can’t find any chronic side-effects of this drug, as it is fairly new. I just don’t like to take it as often as I have been. I’m not keen on treating the symptoms. I want to find out the cause and have a migraine-free life!

  5. Paula,

    Thanks for commenting. If you normally sleep only on your side or stomach, it’s likely that you have a sleep-breathing problem, but not necessarily sleep apnea. You don’t have to snore, have obvious breathing pauses or be overweight to have frequent breathing interruptions in your sleep. Lack of quality deep sleep is a major trigger for migraines. If you read through various other articles and resources on this blog (especially the one about UARS), you’ll see what I’m talking about. Good luck.

  6. I do have mild to moderate sleep apnea…. (tried the sleep mask and could not sleep with it) I awake early with migraine – one sided always). I take imitrex upon awakening ( 4:00 a.m., 5:00 a.m. etc) Then go back to bed and when I wake again the headache is gone. Sometimes I have a mild ache for an hour but it eventually goes away. I wish there was something I could do to prevent the headaches in the first place. Especially since I am only supposed to take no more than 9 pills per month; which is the alloted prescription amount. Because my headaches have increased I have stockpiled my meds as I do not want to be without them and suffer.
    I strongly feel the migraines are related to my sleep pattern. I try not to sleep long because it appears if I over sleep it also leaves me with a headache. Also what is a UARS????