Q. For about six months I have been waking up with what are, for me, unusual headaches—at the front of my head above my eyes. They start in the very early morning between 1 am and 3 am and are still there when I wake up at 7 am. This happens every day without fail. The headaches disappear about an hour after waking. I also have lightheadedness and some blurred vision. Two weeks ago my doctor diagnosed high blood pressure (220/114). He put me on amlodipine. My lightheadedness has nearly disappeared, but I still get the headaches even though my blood pressure is now down to 145/79. Do you think these headaches are still linked to hypertension or are they something more sinister?

Q: My husband was in a car accident five years ago and suffered a brain injury and many broken bones. He now suffers with constant chronic headaches which are gradually worsening over time. The doctors said all his injuries have healed and CT and MRI scans showed “nothing significant to cause headache.” All kinds of therapies and pain medications have been tried, which either did nothing or made his condition worse. The doctors don’t know why he has a terrible headache all the time. It seems to me that there should be some kind of testing procedures available that would locate the cause of the headache. And why don’t the pain medications ease his pain?

Q. I was diagnosed with migraine syndrome after a hospital admission with aura, inability to speak and blood pressure of 200/99. Until this experience I was a person who had never had blood pressure above 120. That was three years ago when I was 65 years old. I was put on one aspirin a day and since have had only two slight auras and no other symptoms, except an onset of high blood pressure that my internist is attempting to control with medications, all of which give me side effects I cannot tolerate. My blood pressure fluctuates from very high to very low during a migraine attack. My doctors don't believe they are related, but one doesn't happen without the other. They are treating me for heart trouble with migraines on the side. My question: could this high blood pressure be related to the migraine syndrome, and if so what can I do to overcome it? My diet is a healthy one and I exercise 4-5 times a week. I do not want to be on medications, as I have always been very sensitive to drugs, but of late I can't see an alternative. Is there one?