A 38-year-old woman from Stourbridge in the UK has revealed that she was left paralyzed after having an orgasm during sex with her husband. Lucinda Allen was six months pregnant at the time of the incident five years ago and will now use a wheelchair for the rest of her life, The Sun reports.
It all happened after an orgasm. Allen revealed that when having sex with her husband Tony, she suddenly started experiencing an excruciating headache. The sharp pain above her right eye meant she couldn’t sleep and she eventually had to be taken to the hospital.
Headaches weren’t uncommon for Allen, but this was different. As she revealed, the pain was much sharper and lasted much longer than any she’d experienced previously. “I was writhing on the bed in agony and crying when Tony phoned my mom. I’ve experienced what’s known as post-orgasm ‘thunderclap head pain all through my adult life,” she recalled. “The pain I usually have after orgasm is a bit like brain-freeze — quite painful but never lasts long. But after a while, I realized it just wasn’t going away.”
She was rushed to a local hospital and had to be put into a medically-induced coma. Upon her arrival to a hospital in Birmingham, Allen began experiencing a series of strokes which meant medical professionals had to place her into a coma. “I thought I might be having a brain hemorrhage. After that, it was a blur. All I remember is confusion, dreams, and reality mixed together, fear…” she said. While in a coma, she had a craniotomy to release the pressure in her brain.
When Allen emerged from the coma six days later, she was paralyzed. It was determined that she’d had one initial stroke followed by four more, and as a result was left permanently paralyzed. “Waking after a coma is nothing like it is in the movies. It’s a slow and confusing process,” she revealed. “I was extremely distressed — suicidal at times — and I refused to acknowledge that I’d survived a stroke.”
Thankfully, her daughter was born a few months later and was completely healthy. Allen and husband Tony welcomed daughter Marri-Alice right on time. The baby was delivered via C-section.
If you experience headaches during or after sex, you should seek help. As Allen’s neurosurgeon Alessandro Palazzo advised: “If you get a headache during or after sex and the pain is severe, you should seek immediate medical attention, as this could be a sign that a brain hemorrhage has taken place. If it’s the first time you’ve experienced post-coital head pain, it’s advisable to see your doctor. If the pain persists, go to the emergency room of your nearest hospital. If the post-coital head pain has happened before — if it’s an episodic occurrence — and you’re concerned, get advice from a neurologist and maybe get an MRI scan, just to rule out any underlying conditions or vascular malformation.”
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