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How can you tell if someone is faking a headache

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
30 years experience Pediatrics
Malingering: Malingering is intentional deceptive behavior. There is an external/secondary gain present as the main motivation for the behavior. To tell if the hea ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
You may be: You may be hypoglycemic or dehydrated one.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Beyond extreme: Firstly, Oxycontin is a long-acting preparation, and headaches are self-limited and should not require this. Secondly, opiate use for headaches actual ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Headaches: Yes. But better to go to wikipedia or uptodate.com for really good discussion as we do not have room here. At you age and gender I would ask about BCP ... Read More
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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
32 years experience Pediatrics
Headache: Usually babies do not have headaches but if you notice that your baby is him/herself please contact the doctor.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And poss ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Igor Yusupov
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Not likely serious: Headaches are very common. Most are tension, but some are migraines or cluster. New onset headache in an adult which is recurrent should raise concern ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
12 years experience Pain Management
Depends on the type: Of headache. Could be migraine, cluster headache, tension headache or others. The mechanisms for most headaches are poorly understood. There are many ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Feola
30 years experience Internal Medicine
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 an ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Prem Gupta
47 years experience neurology
See a neurologist: Migraines are most common cause of headaches.

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