It is said that nothing is easy in life. This is especially seen in the field of medicine where doctors work all day to make sure that the health of individuals is well maintained. This makes them encounter different kinds of anomalous or ugly things, so to say, in their life. If we consider briefly a case which rolls from the clinical to the culinary- the hot pepper and the thunderclap headache, we would conclude unanimously that doctors are indeed doing their best.
In the case of Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran who has the ability to cuddle out ugly events like this, and has turned an unusual observation into a published report in the medical literature said something absolutely surprising about the Carolina pepper. He said: “the Carolina pepper and the thunderclap headache is the most interesting one which we encountered.”
Dr. Kulothungan was performing his residency at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, N.Y when he was shocked by a 34-year-old man who had come to the emergency room with a debilitating headache, like a thunderclap.
This same man we wrote about a couple of days ago shocked the doctor with the “thunderclap headaches” due to the intake of the pepper- known to be high on the list of the hottest peppers globally.
To explain the symptoms of the man best, doctors ran a battery of medical test on the man as well as having a brain scan called CT angiogram- “which helped to show some narrowing of blood vessels in the brain”, according to Dr. Kuluthogan.
What could cause the thunderclaps headaches (a name suggested by doctors) is the chemical that induces heat found in the pepper, capsaicin.
This report was new to a professor in neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and an expert on thunderclap headaches, Professor Todd Schwedt; he said: “I had never heard of one being triggered by a Carolina Reaper or any other chili pepper.”
The thunderclap headaches are not just minor; they are very severe- threatening the health of the victim.
He went further to say, “folks will describe this as if they felt like something exploded in the head or they got hit in the back of their head. So it’s really how quickly it becomes very severe that makes it a thunderclap headache.”
“When someone has a thunderclap headache, he should be considered an emergency, and it needs to be evaluated urgently,” Schwedt reports.
Fortunately for the pepper-eater, his story can be a blissful ending, the New York resident returned to the hospital a couple of weeks later for another scan, and the blood vessels of the brain had returned to normal.