One wouldn't normally associate pepper eating contests with the competitive sports that can land you in an emergency room with excruciating headaches and possible brain trauma. But this terrible situation befell one unlucky guy, according a study published the medical journal BMJ on Monday, after he ate a Carolina Reaper pepper while trying to achieve spicy glory.
After scarfing the pepper, the unidentified 34-year-old immediately started dry heaving. Shortly afterward, extreme neck and head pain ensued and lasted for days. But it was no ordinary headache, or even a migraine. The man had developed thunderclap headaches, which are characterized by extreme bursts of pain that often strike out of nowhere and peak within 60 seconds. The pain was so severe that he checked in to a local emergency room for treatment. According to report, the man avoided many of the main symptoms associated with thunderclap headaches, and was treated without "focal tingling sensation or weakness, slurred speech, or transient loss of vision."