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Pressure inside head and coughing or sneezing is very painful but not a headache?

Pressure inside head and coughing or sneezing is very painful but not a headache?

Several causes: Pressure is either from transient blood pressure increases during the cough causing swelling of the sinus linings or temporary distension of the veins inside the skull which are very sensitive (cough headache). May also have sinus inflammation which can cause head discomfort that can worsen with cough. If the pressure persists after the cough has gone, see md. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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I have had migraine headaches for years. I take beta blockers.   for the last year the top of my head hurts whenever I bend over, sneeze or cough.  ?

I have had migraine headaches for years. I take beta blockers.   for the last year the top of my head hurts whenever I bend over, sneeze or cough.  ?

Assessment needed.: Several issues must be reviewed: 1, sleep problems? Even you might not realize that, 2. Any trigger points or painful points in neck as they give referral pain in head, 3. Is there any medication withdrawal or sudden stop? 4. Is scalp tender on top of head? See your doctor for assessment. ...Read more

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I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face.. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough.laugh.sneeze.yell?

I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face.. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough.laugh.sneeze.yell?

Sinus headache : It sounds like you may have a sinus type headache . No wonder your CT of the head is negative . I believe a ct of the Osteomeatal unit - sinuses would be positive and could reveal some thickening in the sinuses or fluid levels . See an ENT . Most have this scanner in their offices . Take care . ...Read more

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Head pain when sneezing vertical diplopia left side headache?

Head pain when sneezing vertical diplopia left side headache?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

I have intense neck and shoulder pain. Can't move my head, breathe, cough, or sneeze without severe pain?

Need to see you doc!: If your pain is this intense then go see a physician. Did your neck and shoulder pain start gradually, suddenly or was there a precipitating cause? There could be something going on your cervical spine. But it is still best to have your self evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My head hurts when I cough and sneeze the past few days! Been taking allergy pills and pain pills!

My head hurts when I cough and sneeze the past few days! Been taking allergy pills and pain pills!

Seasonal flu: is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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Our 4 year old has a 100.5 fever and complains of pain @ top of his head. He has no runny nose and no cough/sneezing but is easily fatigued. What could he have and should we take him to the er?

Our 4 year old has a 100.5 fever and complains of pain @ top of his head.  He has no runny nose and no cough/sneezing but is easily fatigued.  What could he have and should we take him to the er?

Fever and Head Pain: Call you pediatrician for advice... He may well send you to the er or arrange to see him in the office. If you don't have a doctor i would go to the er. ...Read more

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Sneeze (Definition)

A semi-autonomous, convulsive expulsion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth, usually caused by foreign particles irritating the nasal mucosa. A sneeze expels air forcibly from the mouth and nose in an explosive, spasmodic involuntary action resulting chiefly from irritation of the nasal ...Read more


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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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