Space headaches appear to be an annoying ailment

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Space headaches appear to be an annoying ailment

Astronauts who normally do not have headaches at all appear to suffer from headaches on board the International Space Station. What’s the deal with this space headache and is there anything you can do about it?

Astronauts with headaches

You can undoubtedly imagine that those G-forces pressing on the body during launch are intense for the entire body, but that is probably not when the space headaches arise. In a paper, researchers say that astronauts are likely to develop migraines or tension headaches while in space if they spend more than 10 days in space.

Researchers looked at 24 astronauts living on the International Space Station: people from NASA, people from ESA and people from JAXA who lived there between November 2011 and June 2018. Together they guarantee 3,596 days in space, so they are certainly people who have stayed in space for more than 10 days. Ron van Oosterhout of the University of Leiden states that the headache is caused by staying in space. 22 astronauts had headaches, while in many cases they never had headaches. Headaches were recorded 378 times during their spaceflight, representing 92 percent of astronauts. While only 38 percent had a headache before their space adventure.

Pressure in the skull

He writes: “The vestibular system, which influences balance and posture, must adapt to the conflict between the signals it expects to receive and the signals it actually receives in the absence of normal gravity. This can lead to motion sickness in space in the first week, with headache being the most commonly reported symptom. Our research shows that headaches also occur later in spaceflight and could be related to an increase in pressure within the skull.”

It is also often tension headaches: 90 percent, while 10 percent were migraine. The migraine was especially noticeable in the first week. However, there is also good news: after the astronauts got their feet back on the ground, no more headaches were recorded. It is not entirely clear exactly how they arise, but the researchers think that specific space therapy against headaches could help. Something that is important to develop, because if we want to go to Mars, we will be on the road much longer.

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