June 30, 2012
India Man’s Headaches Caused By Pornography
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Usually when a man watches pornography, it causes headaches for the significant other in his life, but not in the case of a healthy, single, 24-year-old software engineer from India, who researchers have discovered suffers from debilitating cranial pain while watching sexually-charged video footage.
According to Claire Bates of the Daily Mail, neurologists in New Dehli treated the man, who experienced "exploding pain across his whole forehead every time he tried to view a sex video over a period of two years. The first twinges of discomfort would strike just five minutes after he started watching a film and would build to a climax within eight to 10 minutes."
The man was otherwise completely healthy, had no family history of migraines or severe headaches, and had never had a traumatic head injury, they discovered, while Karen Rowan of MyHealthNewsDaily added that he had not reported any headaches related to sexual activity or masturbation, only viewing of pornographic material.
Neurological and physical exams came back normal, Bates added. The researchers suggested that the headaches were caused by changes in pain-sensing nerves in his face and jaw, which become increasingly sensitive during a "heightened emotional state associated with viewing pornography."
"Progressively, he started to refrain from viewing videos as a means of avoiding headaches," researchers from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University said in their study, which has been published in the June issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior, according to a Friday article by Katie Mossie of ABC News.
"This guy is interesting because he's just watching porn and not actually having sex," Dawn Buse, associate professor of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of behavioral medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center, added. "But he probably still gets aroused and excited, which may be even worse than having sex because there's no release."
Approximately one out of every 100 people will experience at least one sex-related headache during their lifetime, Bates said. According to her, there are two types of headaches -- preorgasmic, a "dull pressure-like pain that starts during sexual activity and worsens over time" and account for less than one-third of sexual headaches, and orgasmic, which is a "sudden onset of pain." It was the former which affected the subject of the India study.
"The man was advised to take a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen half an hour before watching porn, and he reported the drugs signiï¬cantly relieved his pain," Rowan added. Specifically, he was told to take 400 milligrams of ibuprofen and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen, Moisse explained.