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A 35-year-old female asked:

headache top right side back of head x4 days, constant, throbbing. right eye bloodshot. no fever. advil (ibuprofen) not helping. should i go to er or just wait?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Go to ER: Could be many severe things such as tumor, infection, aneurysm, cavernous sinus infection, intra-cranial bleed. You need seen now, and stop the advil (ibuprofen) it thins your blood and may make it worse or cause problems if you need surgery.
Dr. Nathaniel Schuster
Specializes in Pain Management
Hemicrania continua: If you've been examined and had imaging and everything is normal, one possibility is hemicrania continua, an interesting headache disorder with headache and red eye on one side of the head. It is very responsive to a medicine called indomethacin. Migraine of course is also a possibility. Hope this helps, I'd love to hear what happens next!

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A 29-year-old member asked:

I have stomach ache, diarrhea and flu-like aches and pains with bad headache; is this just stomach flu?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Most likely flu: With muscle aches, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fever - sure does sound like the flu. Good old rest, fluids, and tylenol (acetaminophen) should help. If the fever lasts more than 3 days, belly pain is getting worse, have blood in the stool, or you can't keep any food down, i'd see your family doctor. Hope you feel better!
A member asked:

I have a sore throat and a stuffy nose and sore muscles, do I have a cold or the flu? It is cold outside

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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Very similar symptom: "colds" and "flu"s are both viral infections that have very similar symptoms as you described - both cause stuffy nose and sore throat and muscles and even fevers. Both should also resolve in 2-5 days. The "flu" that the flu shot prevents is "influenza a or b" - which is much more aggressive - causing sudden onset of very high fevers and muscle aches to the point of unable to get out of bed...
A member asked:

I have the following symptoms head hurts fever of 99 throat n chest on fire ears hurt too:?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Infection: You have an illness...Probably viral (because most illnesses are). Strep throat can also produce those symptoms. It is always a good choice to be seen when you feel so awful...If ears hurt too it could be an ear infection and having treatment choices is very helpful. Make an appointment to be seen.

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