My 15 year old daughter had a bleed from a small avm in the back of her brain, April this year and is due to have gamma knife surgery in a month or so. She has suffered from headaches on and off since but the past few days has had a constant headache with no let off and is especially bad when waking in the morning.
Should I be concerned? Can anyone please give me some advice on this one. Is this quite normal after a bleed as I know it can take up to a year for everything to settle down.

Hi Lisa,
I would think since the headache has recently became constant, with no let up. I would play it safe and call the dr. I would also suggest to her that she tries to sleep with her head propped up more. Perhaps 1 or 2 extra pillows. Another thing you could try is, elevate the head of her bed a few inches. That's easily done by putting a spaser of some kind under the legs of her headboard. Whether it be a couple of boards or a few books. I would raise it about 2 or 3 inches. That will help her blood to flow more down ward while she's sleeping/resting. It's worth a try.
I live with constant head aches as well. Some days are worst than others. When they get realy severe, then I need to rest and take it easy for a day or two. - then I'm fine again.


Thank you for your good advice Ben, I will see how she goes over the next couple of days and will try propping her up more at night. All the best to you.
Lisa x

The good news is the gamma knife is not an operation with a lot of stitches. All the work is done by these gamma rays that cross in one spot inside the brain.

For Ben's idea on tilting the bed, one brick under each leg at the head of the bed works good.