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Doctor insights on: Chronic Headache Behind Left Eye

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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I get a headache behind left eye when sleeping on left side. When I get up headache goes away in about 1/2 hour. Then I can go back to sleep?

I get a headache behind left eye when sleeping on left side. When I get up headache goes away in about 1/2 hour. Then I can go back to sleep?

Could be your neck: Positional headaches such as you describe likely are neck related. Pain generators in posterior neck often refer symptoms to behind one or other eye.

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Used to have severe headache behind left eye... Sometimes got relief by having hot water bath...But its a workaround not a solution...Any solution?

Used to have severe headache behind left eye... Sometimes got relief by having hot water bath...But its a workaround not a solution...Any solution?

Migraine: You may have migraines or a different headache disorder. You should visit a neurologist and have them evaluate you to see if it is migrainous in nature, and to exclude any potentially-serious disorders.

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Last month have had constant mild pain/headache behind left eye. Also have been feeling extra tired, brain fog, etc (these symptoms have been longer)?

Last month have had constant mild pain/headache behind left eye. Also have been feeling extra tired, brain fog, etc (these symptoms have been longer)?

See eye doctor: If you have had this for a month, it is time to see an eye doctor. At the least you need to rule out glaucoma. Once this issue has been settled, you will have to check with your personal doctor to find out the reasons for you neurologic symptoms. Untreated glaucoma can lead to vision loss or even blindness which can come on suddenly.

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I get headaches that are always deep behind left eye. They normally last for 2 to 3 days. What may be the cause?

I get headaches that are always deep behind left eye. They normally last for 2 to 3 days. What may be the cause?

Possibilities: Sinus congestion tops the list could also be glaucoma pinched occipital nerve vasculitis so a medical and visual exam is needed.

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Severe headache on left side near temple and behind left eye?

Severe headache on left side near temple and behind left eye?

Headache: May be migraine, may be something more serious. If these are new problems and have never occurred before, then you need to be evaluated to ensure that something more dangerous than just a migraine is the case.

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I have a headache only on one spot on my head. On the left side above my eye. It's a sharp pain and last a few minutes at a time. Pain behind left eye?

I have a headache only on one spot on my head. On the left side above my eye. It's a sharp pain and last a few minutes at a time. Pain behind left eye?

Possible neuralgia: Irritation or inflammation of the nerve can cause this type of headache but other things can as well. Suggest you consult a neurologist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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Why am I waking up with headache every morning, usually on one side, back of head & also sharp pain behind left eye. I've woke up really dizzy to.?

Why am I waking up with headache every morning, usually on one side, back of head & also sharp pain behind left eye. I've woke up really dizzy to.?

Awakening Headache: Cluster, migraine may produce a headache that is present upon awakening. It is important that the doctor first identify and exclude a secondary headache and determine the proper diagnosis. See headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation.

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Severe headache especially behind left eye for 7 days. Had sweats, cold chills and vomiting for 4 days. Family doctor put me on cephalexin 2000 mg.

Severe headache especially behind left eye for 7 days. Had sweats, cold chills and vomiting for 4 days. Family doctor put me on cephalexin 2000 mg.

Eye pain: The best way to start the evaluation would be to see an ophthalmologist for a complete eye examination to see if an explanation can be found for your symptoms or to decide what he next step should be. The initial impression of your family doctor suggests a sinusitis and the use of the antibiotic. If this does not resolve the issue then I would suggest following through with an ophthalmologist.

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Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Obtain brain &cspine: Consider obtaining a brain and cervical spine MRI to evaluate for possible cause coming from the spine or the back of the head. All migraines deserve one Brain MRI and an evaluation of triggers for the Migraines by a neurologist.

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I've been getting random sharp/shooting pains right in my temple and behind my left eye. Sometimes it causes a headache or sometimes its quick.

I've been getting random sharp/shooting pains right in my temple and behind my left eye. Sometimes it causes a headache or sometimes its quick.

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked.

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I have recently developed severe intermittent headaches behind my left eye that radiates across my temple. They come often and last less than 10 secs.

I have recently developed severe intermittent headaches behind my left eye that radiates across my temple. They come often and last less than 10 secs.

Headaches could: Arise from numerous factors such as high blood pressure, eye problems especially in diabetics, migraines or sinusitis. Only your primary care doc can decide on what the specific cause is. Get well.

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Constant headache, no meds helping. Blurry left eye when looking close, pain behind eye that comes and goes. What could be the cause?

Eye Pain needs eval: Eye pain can be caused by many things, many not dangerous. However, you need to rule out an eye problem as these, left unchecked, could result in damage, loss of vision or worse.

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Been getting headaches at night when I lay down. Pain lies in my upper neck on the left side and behind my left eye. Could this be from a cold? Worried

Been getting headaches at night when I lay down. Pain lies in my upper neck on the left side and behind my left eye. Could this be from a cold? Worried

Could be: Sinus congestion but if it lasts longer than any cold symptoms seek consultation. Meanwhile, use nasal spray at bedtime, try oral decongestant/antihistamine, and apply heat to any place that hurts. Good luck!