High Altitude Headache commonly occurs when climbing altitudes greater than 2,5000 meters.
In general this headache type tends to affect females more than males. Additionally younger people are more susceptible, possibly due to lack of brain atrophy,
Typical semiology described as dull/achy – pressure like sensations, localized in bifrontal or frontotemporal location. Usually, mild – moderate in severity. Occasionally associated with dizziness – but not frequently.
Onset usually occurs within 24hrs of ascent and resolved within 8 hours of descent. They can be aggravated by movement, exertion, straining, bending, or coughing.
Typically responsive to NSAIDs or Tylenol.
These headaches appear to be independent of individual headache history – although patients who suffer from primary headache disorders like migraine may experience more severe attacks.
By: Jordan Shankle, PA