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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Overview)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can last for several days.


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What causes a headache?

What causes a headache?

Many things: Depending on symptoms, headaches can be caused by different things, as benign as stress, cold, low blood sugar to as dangerous as tumors, brain infections or bleeding in a head. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
4,397 doctors shared insights

Headache (Overview)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can last for several days.


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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
Hourly
See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
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Watch for food reactions
Daily
See your dentist about headaches to ensure they are not related to dental issues
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What are good treatments or prevention for headaches?

What are good treatments or prevention for headaches?

Two approaches: At onset of headache, could take a triptan, available via pill, nasal spray, or injection, and headache usually gone by 2 hours. Prevent with such drugs as depakote, topirimate, or otc preps such as butterbur, riboflavin, magnesium, co-q-10. Maybe botox. Talk to your doctor and devise your strategy. ...Read more

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What is a headache?

What is a headache?

R/O TENSION HA: The 4 basic headaches are Tension, Sinus,migraine and cluster. The muscles that originate at the base of the neck insert near the temple. Rest /ice and a darkened room may help. Also a NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) /daypro. Muscle relaxant ie KLONOPIN/ FLEXERIL . Meditation/Yoga/Biofeedback. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH.com You need a full exam an blood work to be through. If symptoms worsen seek medical evaluation ...Read more

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Headache nosebleed dizziness and nausea?

Headache nosebleed dizziness and nausea?

Go to Doc: A headache associated with nose bleeding should be evaluated by a physician, especially if you do not get regular headaches. ...Read more

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Sudden headache, neck ache nausea?

Sudden headache, neck ache nausea?

Migraine most likely: If you've never suffered from headaches and has a severe headache with neck stiffness rather than just neck ache, meningitis is a consideration. You need to see a doctor asap. However, the most common cause is migraine. It can be treated with Ibuprofen or naproxen. To prevent them, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, don't drink more than 1 caffeinated beverage a day, take magnesium daily. ...Read more

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What cause headache ?

What cause headache ?

Many many reasons: See photo for some reasons. Most common are benign. Reasons can be illnesses that affect your body to local diseases such as sinus, or teeth. Most are not serious. I suggest a consult with a physician. ...Read more

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Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Sinus headache or migraine? nausea too.

Migraine: I hear it all the time: "I got sinus, doc." They're wrong. That's a myth perpetrated back in the decades of "postnasal drip" i.e. the 50s & 60s by the advertisers of Dristan. 99% of all "sinus" headaches - aren't. They're mostly migraines. If you have radiological proof of sinusitis and your pain goes away if it's treated, then you're entitled to the diagnosis of sinus headaches. Otherwise, not. ...Read more

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Headache and fever?

Headache and fever?

Need attention: It might be as simple as a viral disease such as cold or flu to more serious disease. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) and see a doctor. ...Read more

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What does these systoms mean headaches, lower back, pain in abdom , pain pressure in pelvic, frequent urination, and cramps..

What does these systoms mean headaches, lower back, pain in abdom , pain pressure in pelvic, frequent urination, and cramps..

So : So far, these are general symptoms. Sexually active female? Unprotected sex? Symptoms for how long? Pain with urination? Strong urge to urinate? How long ago was last period? Fever? Change in bowel movements? ...Read more

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What's rebound headache?

What's rebound headache?

See below:: Rebound headaches (medication-overuse headaches) are caused by frequent use of headache medication. Pain relievers offer relief for occasional headaches, but if you take them more than a couple of days a week, you may trigger rebound headaches. To stop rebound headaches, reduce or stop taking the pain medication. It's tough in the short term, but your physician can help! ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes. ...Read more

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I get massive headaches with twitchy eyes. Is this treatable?

I get massive headaches with twitchy eyes. Is this treatable?

See your doctor: Headaches that are so uncomfortable as to be massively painful should be evaluated. The twitching eyes may be associated with the headaches or a result of them. Either way, this should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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What treats headaches?

What treats headaches?

Depends on cause: Need to know if it is migraine, tension, intracranial pressure, arteritis, hydrocephalus. If migraine, meds to prevent headaches can be employed, and triptans can stop a headache if take in time. Check with your doctor, as likely all can be readily addressed. ...Read more

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How are migraine headaches treated?

How are migraine headaches treated?

Various ways: Some respond just to rest in a quiet place, other also with addition of ice to the head in various spots, some with pressure applied to the temples, gently to closed eyes, or to several spots in this back of the neck or head. Some to gentle pulling of the hair. Others need medication. Taking 3 excedrine when you know you are getting the migraine might abort it. Others need tryptans. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Ng Dr. Ng
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Pounding and throbbing headaches?

Dr. Jeffrey Ng Dr. Ng
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Pounding and throbbing headaches?

Ibuprofen: Take some Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) and take a nap. Most migraines are relieved with sleep. Go see your doctor if your headaches are regular. You may need a triptan to abort the headache (imitrex). The doc needs to run some tests and take a good history to put you on the right therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is botox in treating headache?

Dr. Anil Shah Dr. Shah
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How effective is botox in treating headache?

Depends: Some types of headaches can be responsive to botox. Be aware that headaches have a variety of sources and should be investigated by a physician. ...Read more

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Dizzy, vomiting, runny noes, headache, stuffy noes, slight headache! help?

Dizzy, vomiting, runny noes, headache, stuffy noes, slight headache! help?

Labyrinthitis: This viral infection can be debilitating and cause you to have to remain in bed if severe enuf. If you have high fever, stiff neck, rash, sensitivity to light or sound see a doctor immediately. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more