Primary cough headache is typically a benign headache. It is characterized by intense throbbing sensations within seconds of coughing, sneezing, or straining – and subsides within minutes. However, some sufferers may continue to experience a dull achy headache several hours afterward. Typically, this type of headache affects men over the age of 40. Younger patients can experience these headaches as well.
Pain can be localized in the frontal, temporal or occipital aspect of the head. Either bilateral or unilateral. Associated symptoms i.e. (nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances), are usually absent.
A detailed history, through physical examination and possible neuro imaging is needed for diagnosis and treatment.
By: Jordan Shankle, PA