But he got a lot more than he bargained for after popping the world's hottest chili pepper, the Carolina Reaper, into his mouth. This led his primary neurologist, Dr. Gregory Cummings, to diagnosis him with thunderclap headaches-uncommon, extreme head pain that claps like thunder-caused by reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome, a temporary artery narrowing in the brain.
"His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one "Carolina Reaper"," Dr Kulothungan Gunasekaran of the Bassett Medical Center in NY said in the report.
The man then developed intense neck and head pain, and for several days experienced brief but intense "thunderclap" headaches. This is the first time that doctors have reported a link between eating chili peppers and RCVS, said study co-author Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran, an internal medicine physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, who treated the patient.
Doctors say RCVS can occur as a reaction to prescription drugs, or after taking illegal drugs. But for one man, the daring feat resulted in excruciating headaches, known as "thunderclap" headaches, according to a new report of his case.
The Carolina Reaper is a popular pepper, and many people eat them and experience nothing worse than the desire to cut out their own tongues. In five weeks a CT angiogram was repeated and there was no evidence of blood vessel narrowing in the patient.
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"But majority will do well with only recurrent headaches, and then they have a total recovery", she added.
Effectively, the Scoville Scale reflects the concentration of capsaicin, a neuropeptide-releasing agent found in all members of the pepper family. Previously eating cayenne pepper has been linked to sudden constriction of the coronary artery and heart attacks.
According to the company's website, the pepper measure roughly 1.5 million on the Scoville Heat Scale (it is used to measure the pungency of chili peppers). For one thing, there is the pain, which seems to surpass even the normal effect of the peppers.
The Carolina Reaper was reconfirmed by Guinness following a stringent round of lab tests, as well as stiff competition from other competitors.
The man's symptoms cleared up by themselves. In 2013, it snatched the title of world's hottest pepper from Trinidad Scorpion "Butch T" by Guinness World Records.