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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:14 am 
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yes its true there really is such a thing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_head_syndrome and I have it. Dont know if I would go as far as to call it a "side effect" but this seemed the most appropriate place. Just curious if anyone else has experienced this on sub. cant remember it ever happing before I was on sub but the article does mention some meds that effect you neurologically (not sub but SSRI's which Ive never takin before) can cause it. Its like a big bang in my head right before I fall asleep and scares the hell out of me. Maybe happens a couple times a month. Kinda weird though. Honestly, up until I did some research on it I was sure it was my wifes decessed father screwing with me while I was sleeping (and other things) in his bedroom with my wife LOL but now we live in a different house and it still happens. anyway..........


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OH my freaking god,,,,I thought this was just me. I didn't know if I was going to have a seizure or what! Yes, this happens to me quite often actually. I never knew how to explain it to anyone. Thank you so much for giving this a name for me! I am going to read about it right now. It is quite troublesome. Everytime I am Juuuuuust about asleep.....BANG! And it is LOUD! I would swear that other people could hear it if they were in the house. So weird....

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yea it is the bizarre, everything about how real it is with the exception of actually hearing outside of the ear. another reminder of how complex and powerful the brain is. interested to see if any trend developes amongst us


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I get the 'ringing' in the ears, this talks a lil about. Not really at bedtime???
it happens, any time.

But, sometimes RIGHT when I fall asleep, I JUMP up, or FLINCH violently. Thats WIERD.


Nice to know, Im not the only strange one. :wink:

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No ringing in the ears here....I do jump like that though every now and then. Its like someone takes a cattle prod to my ass!! LOL! Minus the burn....

I've also noticed that when this "explosion" happens, I almost feel something like a snap inside my head. It isn't painful at all, but it almost feels like it might be electrical? Maybe my grandmother was right. When I was a little kid she said that "all cylinders weren't firing", maybe that snap I feel is that last cylinder trying to ignite! Hahaha, she was a hateful woman. heehee

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OH WOW! I do experiance this and it's only started happening in the last couple of months, so it may be me coming off the norcos or starting the subs. I had no idea this was something "real" and that it actually has a name. It happens to me about every other night now when I doze off to sleep, maybe within 45 minutes or so. I've jumped a few times and asked my husband "did you hear that?" OMG, I could swear with everything in me that I hear a door slam, one time it sounded like someone hit the side of our house with something and I jumped! My husband never hears anything, my 15 month old daughters crib is in our room and even when I "hear" something really loud like this, it never startles her or wakes her, so I knew I must be hearing something that wasn't really there. Like I said, my husband doesn't hear anything ever. Wow! This is great that I seen this today, because now I know I'm not going crazy... I've been wondering why it never happened before, but in the article it does state that it can be caused from coming off a prescription med or starting a new med and it definetly just started right after my transistion to subs.

Thanks for sharing this. You're not alone, it happens to me too. It's very loud, and wakes me completely up. It doesn't hurt or cause a headache or anything, just startles me and wakes me up. Again, thanks for sharing this. It has really helped me to understand what's going on. I'm gonna research it a little more too!


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I just wanted to share my experience / if it helps just one person I have done my job. Anyone who gets headaches or migraines due to the bup (taken in any form) I have a tail that might help you. I never get headaches! I am 44 years old and I have probably got 20-25 headaches my entire life!! I don't know why, I am not a health nut, I DO have a lot of daily stress (which I feel in my back) but I NEVER get a headache. I have taken maybe 10 tylenol my whole life. AND NO, it's not the drugs I was taking that prevented headaches (long story, but trust me it wasn't the drugs). I am just one of those people that don't get them (even when I tried w/d cold turkey - Every single other symptom expect a headache.... NOW!! WIth that said, I am by far not a person of healthy means. I am obviously a recovering drug addict. Believe me I get my aches and pains elsewhere, but my head is not one of them.

NOW: Hopefully this will help all that get headaches from the bup. When I first started taking bub- ALL of a sudden, out or nowhere, I got a crushing headache. It felt like my skull was shrinking and crushing my brain. It hurt really bad. It was 10 times as horrible because I didn't don't know how to deal with it. I didn't know if it was the bup or a side effect from w/d.
LONG STORY SHORT!!! It was too much bup for my system.

TRY this : anyone who gets headaches.... you might be taking too much! You should lower your dosage by half! It took me forever to learn this lesson, but taking too much gives me a headache. I know you my FEEL you need more or a higher dose... but please give it a try. I think a high dose is our body's way of telling us "TOO MUCH"

I see so many headache stories and it breaks my heart. PLEASE try this (cut your dose in half) and see if you get a headache.

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I too get the brain explosions but not too often. The jerking awake just as you are going to sleep is called a myoclonic jerk. It happens when you are falling asleep faster than the alpha brain waves or something like that. I heard that one decades ago and it made some sense. Google it and you'll get a few different answers.

But the brain explosions are something else entirely. I knew I wasn't the only one having them because it was discussed on a radio health talk show years ago. Who even knows what that is, but I was told by a person with a Masters degree in experimental psych that it was the brains way to get the electrical firings back in sequence. Again, I can't quite remember exactly what was said. It does beat having a seizure though. Luckily I haven't had one in years.

The title of this thread did conjure up a different picture of a cartoon head blowing up!

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I actually always thought this was just a dream sensation. I have always had sleep issues, sleep walking, sleep eating and night terrors. I think I have noticed this sensation more since starting suboxone, but my thoughts are I actually "sleep" now. Before I started treatment in March and after years of narcotic abuse, I thought I was sleeping. I sleep more sound than I have my entire life. The first time I really felt that loud bang in my head was about 5 months ago, after being on Subs for a few months, and it scared the crap out of me. I just attribute it to actually sleeping soundly now. Good to know I am not as crazy as I think I am.LOL


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