The “crushingly painful” headaches came on in the next few days.
It’s not the first time chilli peppers have triggered serious repercussions.
While most RCVS patients do well, she added, a minority can have such severe blood vessel spasms that they die.
When the patient arrived at the hospital, physicians were not positive what had caused his symptoms. He didn’t have any slurred speech, loss of vision, neurological deficits, muscle weakness, or tingling.
Though it may have spiced up the doctors’ day, it’s something they’re unlikely to see again.
What they did show was that several arteries had narrowed – a phenomenon called vasoconstriction or vasospasm.
CT and MRI scans of the man’s brain were taken but showed nothing out of the ordinary. The man began experiencing very rare “thunderclap” headaches – that’s the medical term for a headache that escalates suddenly and staggeringly with maximum pain experienced in 60 seconds or less. She noted that most of her RCVS patients are males who use these supplements. According to tucsonnewsnow.com the new pepper, however, is even hotter.
Cayenne pepper pills and a capsaicin patch, sold in China and Turkey, have been blamed in medical reports for two nonfatal heart attacks in young men, the result of spasms in arteries.
Generally speaking, eating peppers doesn’t actually damage your brain (just your breath).
“This is the first time that pepper has been related to RCVS”, Gunasekaran said.
It rates at an average of 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units (SHU), according to tests conducted by Winthrop University in SC in 2017. The Jalapeño pepper, for example, is positioned around 2,000.
Reapers have held the Guinness World Record for the world’s hottest chilli pepper since 2013. Capsaicin is known to influence the sympathetic nervous system.
The journal said that there is no particular treatment for the thunderclap headaches. But as the acronym includes the word “reversible”, the story has a happy ending: His symptoms cleared up by themselves, and his arteries were back to normal in about five weeks, though he’s still tragically unable to taste gum.
Dr Gunasekaran, one of the report’s authors, said: “We would recommend the general public be cautious when eating chilli peppers and to seek medical attention straight away if you develop symptoms like this”.
But if you get one, you’ll know about it.