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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'm weaning off hrt, have a history of migraines . Woke up w severe positional vertigo followed by dull headache, lasting 2 days in dec. And again in january. One more bout few days ago, feeling spacy.

I'm weaning off hrt, have a history of migraines .  Woke up w severe positional vertigo  followed by dull headache, lasting 2 days in dec.  And again in january. One more bout few days ago,  feeling spacy.

Completely?: There are several options available for you. Transdermal Estrogens are less likely to cause or worsen migraines. Another another option is vaginal estrogen. You will not get atrophic vaginitis with this option i presented. Clotting factors are increased with oral estrogens. The vaginal estrogen, will however, not provide enough bone protection, so another drug will be needed! ...Read more

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I'm 40 y/o. Having 2nd period in 21 days. This time, Soaking regular tampon & most of overnight pad in 2 hrs. Dull headache for 2 full days.Thoughts?

I'm 40 y/o. Having 2nd period in 21 days. This time, Soaking regular tampon & most of overnight pad in 2 hrs. Dull headache for 2 full days.Thoughts?

Ovulation issue: You're at the age where you may start experiencing irregular menses (either skipped or bleeding prolonged and /or more than once a month). This is often due to irregular ovulation. In addition disorders like adenomyosis are usually fully symptomatic and can cause the same issue. Time to see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Have a mild dull headache for a few days now. No fever or other symptoms. But going through rough emotional time past 2 or 3 weeks - could this be the cause? Would Aleve (naproxen) help headache at all or only fixing stemming root problems?

Have a mild dull headache for a few days now. No fever or other symptoms. But going through rough emotional time past 2 or 3 weeks - could this be the cause? Would Aleve (naproxen) help headache at all or only fixing stemming root problems?

See a doctor: Hi, emotional problems can definitely bring on or worsen headaches. Aleve (naproxen) may help a little, but you are right: you need to fix the root problems. However, we cannot rule out other causes for your headaches. So it's probably best to talk to a doctor. At the very least, talking about your emotional problems may help headaches. ...Read more

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Non jugmental answer please. Recently my friend used cocain for his first time. Three days have passed and hes experienced a dull headache since.

Non jugmental answer please. 
Recently my friend used cocain for his first time. Three days have passed and hes experienced a dull headache since.

Expected: Headache after using cocaine is typical. If getting worse up to 3 days after use, then worth getting checked out (especially if any associated nausea, vision changes, limb weakness or coordination problems). Not intending judgement, but have to note that sudden death is a potential outcome of use. ...Read more

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I've had a dull headache on and off for a few days now. At what point should I be concerned and what could it be?

I've had a dull headache on and off for a few days now. At what point should I be concerned and what could it be?

NewIntermittent HA: New headaches that are on and off are much less likely to be very serious as compared to constant one. If its the worst headache of your life your doctor would want you to go to the er. Otherwise see your doctor to help you find the cause and get treated. ...Read more

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M 19, usually don't get headaches.. Have had off and on headaches everyday for past 5 days. Dull pressure. Under a lot of stress. Should i be worried?

M 19, usually don't get headaches.. Have had off and on headaches everyday for past 5 days. Dull pressure. Under a lot of stress. Should i be worried?

Get checked: You shouldnt be worried but you should be evaluated by a doc. First time headaches in non headache people need to be evaluated at least once. Also, be sure you havent started any new meds or supplements that could be giving you a headache. ...Read more

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I've had a constant dull throbbing headache on top of my head for three days now ?

I've had a constant dull throbbing headache on top of my head for three days now ?

Did you hit: yoir head at any point? Is your vision affected ? It could be any number of things, will need more information ...Read more

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I've had a constant dull headache at the top of the back of my head extending to top of neck. it's been there for 3 days, accompanied w nausea.

I've had a constant dull headache at the top of the back of my head extending to top of neck. it's been there for 3 days, accompanied w nausea.

It sounds: like you may have a PINCHED NERVE in the upper neck (cervical Spine) between C2-C3 or C3-C4, Use MOIST HEAT alternating with ICE on the back of your neck Avoid sleeping on PILLOWS for the next night or two (THIS MAY BE HOW YOU "STARTED" THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!) Symptoms persist over weekend or start getting worse it s time to contact (or see) your PCP (Primary Care Provider) Hope this help ...Read more

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I've had a throbbing dull headache on the top of my head, near the front for the past few days. The headache typically lasts for five to thirty second?

I've had a throbbing dull headache on the top of my head, near the front for the past few days. The headache typically lasts for five to thirty second?

Migraine: Although the briefness of the pain you're having is somewhat uncharacteristic of a migraine headache, the other characteristics are migrants and nature, so I would conclude that you're having a type of migraine headache. Many factors can bring him on, such as allergies, head trauma, changes and sleep pattern, certain medications, processed foods. Just something to think about. ...Read more

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I hit my head rather hard three days ago. The dull headache continues. Noise and a lot of visual stimulation makes it worse. I've even found that it has affected me cognitively. Should I go see my dr. Or go to er?

I hit my head rather hard three days ago.  The dull headache continues.  Noise and a lot of visual stimulation makes it worse.  I've even found that it has affected me cognitively.  Should I go see my dr. Or go to er?

Concussion: You have a concussion. Since it is 3 days can go either to ER or Doctor but would go today ( so if doc can't see you today go to ER), They may want to do a CT to make sure no bleed or subtle subdural hematoma. But go today and get CT /MRI today. ...Read more

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I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

Headache: Yes, tension headaches are typically "crushing" - like someone pushing on both sides of your head and the muscles in the neck can also be tense. If you have significant tension in the neck muscles, see if you can have someone try to gently massage these as that can often help the headache in general. ...Read more

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I am on 30mg remeron and lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for G A D.I am on them now for 12months.Some days i have dull pressure like headaches.What causes these.Thanks?

I am on 30mg remeron and lexapro (escitalopram) 20mg for G A D.I am on them now for 12months.Some days i have dull pressure like headaches.What causes these.Thanks?

Variety of causes: There are a variety of causes that could explain your symptoms from drug side effects to consequences of your medical conditions. Perhaps, there are metabolic issues to be uncovered? Or family/work/social issues that need to be uncovered? A Headache specialist may be of benefit to you. I'd be happy to consult with you 1-1. Make an appointment with me by using Key Code: PDXFNR. ...Read more

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Child with headache for 3 days. Persistent dull ache with occasional severe pain localized back of head?

Child with headache for 3 days. Persistent dull ache with occasional severe pain localized back of head?

Headache: in such age should be respected, please get your child evaluated soon by your pediatrician or in ER, good luck ...Read more

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Odd headache lasting for several days. More like a dull pain around my temples with sudden head movements. Why?

Odd headache lasting for several days. More like a dull pain around my temples with sudden head movements. Why?

Tension migraine: Tension migraine is a type of headache caused by contraction of neck muscles that attach to the skull. The headaches often worsen as the day progresses. Treatment includes massage, physical therapy, biofeedback and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety. Botox injections in the scalp muscles and a variety of medications may reduce the headaches. See a neurologist who specializes in headaches. ...Read more

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Throbbing headache in one spot for 3 days. Started dull but then severe on the 3rd day but then went away. Migraine? No other symptoms

You may be right: Sounds potentially migraine, but if repetitive and causes more problems, a Concierge visit could point toward approaches to manage this. ...Read more