A man rushed to the hospital after participating in a chili-pepper-eating contest may have triggered a hot medical discovery.Doctors assessing the patient were left wondering what caused his excruciating headache. After excluding a life-threatening bleed and a tear of the arteries in his neck, they were left with a more bizarre explanation: chili peppers.The man had taken part in a pepper-eating contest earlier in the day in which he had eaten a "Carolina Reaper," one of the hottest varieties on Earth.After scanning his head, doctors found that several of his brain’s arteries had narrowed. They diagnosed "reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome," a rare side effect associated with some medications.Fortunately, the patient improved. A second scan five weeks after showed his brain's arteries had returned to normal.RECOMMENDED: Arizona woman suffering from rare disease, wakes with British accentHowever the condition isn’t always this harmless, and it has previously … [Read more...] about Hot off the press: Can peppers cause headaches?
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News / UK and world by Press Association April 10, 2018, 11:23 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A man sought emergency treatment for excruciating headaches and neck pain after eating the world’s hottest chilli. The 34-year-old developed agonising symptoms after trying the Carolina reaper variety during a hot pepper competition, medics said. A scan showed several arteries in his brain had temporarily narrowed, causing severe episodic “thunderclap” headaches. Doctors warned that taking part in hot chilli contests could have unexpected consequences, as they published details of the incident in journal BMJ Case Reports. The man, who has not been identified, immediately began dry heaving after sampling the chilli, the US authors said in the paper. Over the following days, he developed “intense” neck pain and headaches, each of which lasted just a few seconds. The pain was so severe that he sought … [Read more...] about Man suffers ‘thunderclap’ headaches after eating world’s hottest chilli
By JAMES GORMAN New York Times News Service, April 9, 2018 If you eat a really hot pepper, you expect pain. A lot of pain. In addition to the feeling that you have just put a live coal in your mouth, you may weep, vomit and wonder where in your life you took a wrong turn. You don’t expect a headache so intense and immediate that it sends you to the emergency room. But that’s what happened to a 34-year-old man who turned up at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York, with what clinicians call a thunderclap headache. His problems began when he ate a whole Carolina Reaper — the hottest pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records — while participating in a hot-pepper-eating competition. He immediately started experiencing dry heaves — not unknown in the hot-pepper-eating world. But then a pain in his neck and head came on like … a thunderclap. It passed, but over the next few days he experienced more thunderclap headaches … [Read more...] about He ate the world’s hottest pepper, then landed in the hospital with ‘thunderclap’ headaches
If you're thinking of entering a hot chili pepper eating contest, you might want to think twice, doctors caution. Their warning comes after treating a young man in the hospital who suffered excruciatingly painful headaches after eating a "Carolina Reaper," one of the the world's hottest chili peppers. In a case study published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors describe a 34-year-old man who came to the emergency room after the onset of a thunderclap headache – a severe and sudden pain in the head. The pain began with dry heaves immediately after eating the chili pepper. "It started all of a sudden as severe pain in the back of the neck and then spread to all over the head," study author Kulothungan Gunasekaran, of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, told CBS News. "That's typical of a thunderclap headache." Over the next few days, the man kept getting these brief but excruciating headaches. They only lasted a few seconds each, but the pain was so severe he went to … [Read more...] about Eating a Carolina Reaper chili pepper sends man to the hospital with “thunderclap headaches”
It’s a no-brainer that eating a Carolina Reaper, a chili pepper bred to be the hottest on earth, will come with consequences. But for the first time, consuming these peppers have been linked to reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, or RCVS, a temporary artery narrowing in the brain often accompanied by agonizing thunderclap headaches, according to journal BMJ Case Reports. Such headaches are typically brief but agonizing. An unnamed man had to seek emergency care after participating in hot chili pepper-eating contest left him with a storm of “thunderclap” headaches for days. The pain was excruciating enough to warrant tests for neurological conditions, which came back negative. But a CT scan showed that several brain arteries had constricted. Doctors concluded that the patient had thunderclap headaches from RCVS, which has previously been associated with prescription and illegal drugs. And, now, Carolina Reapers. Previously eating … [Read more...] about World’s hottest pepper leads to ‘thunderclap’ headache