Roller Coaster Migraine: An Underreported Injury?
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 40, Issue 9, pages 745–747, October 2000
How to Cite
McBeath, J. G. and Nanda, A. (2000), Roller Coaster Migraine: An Underreported Injury?. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 40: 745–747. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.2000.00130.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication June 6, 2000.
- posttraumatic migraine
A 28-year-old woman presented with severe headache, sleep problems, memory problems, and irritability 2 months after a violent roller coaster ride. She was diagnosed with posttraumatic migraine, and intravenous dihydroergotamine resolved her symptoms. Imaging studies, electroencephalogram, and visual and auditory evoked responses were normal. Imipramine, divalproex sodium, and propranolol were prescribed to prevent the headaches from recurring and dihydroergotamine nasal spray was prescribed for breakthrough headaches. We consider the many short but significant brain insults delivered during the roller coaster ride a critical factor in triggering this instance of posttraumatic migraine, which while unmanaged was a source of significant disability for the patient.