A10.8.1 Headache attributed to travel in space

Description:
Non-specific headache caused by travel in space. The majority of headache episodes are not associated with symptoms of space motion sickness.

Diagnostic criteria:
A. Any new headache fulfilling criterion C
B. The subject is travelling through space
C. Evidence of causation demonstrated by both of the following:

    1. headache has occurred exclusively during space travel
    2. headache has spontaneously improved on return to earth

D. Not better accounted for by another ICHD-3 diagnosis.

Comment:
Of the 16 male and one female astronauts who participated in a survey, 12 (71%) reported at least one headache episode experienced while in space, whereas they had not suffered from headache when on earth.