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What activities could trigger a thunderclap headache?

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Some activities such as the following could trigger a thunderclap headache:

  • Hard, physical labor
  • Taking certain drugs, including illegal ones
  • Hitting warm or hot water too fast, such as when you first enter a shower or bath

From: Thunderclap Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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