A10.8.1 Headache attributed to travel in space


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

Diagnostic criteria:
  1. Any new headache fulfilling criterion C
  2. The subject is travelling through space
  3. 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
  4. Not better accounted for by another ICHD-3 diagnosis.

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.