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Doctor insights on: Head Pain When Sneezing Or Coughing

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

See below: You may have an irritated disc or joint in your neck. Coughing and sneezing increases the pressure in the discs of your neck which may suggest this is coming from your disc more than the joints or muscles. Neck pain can cause muscle spasms that refer pain to the back of the head often causing headaches. See your physician if symptoms don't improve within 1 week. ...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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I've had a runny/stuffy nose and sneezing for 4 days and also a terrible cough for 3 I've had headaches whatever thus is is affecting mysoccer ability?

I've had a runny/stuffy nose and sneezing for 4 days and also a terrible cough for 3 I've had headaches whatever thus is is affecting mysoccer ability?

Cold: Colds are viral infections which can affect all the mucus membranes of your upper respiratory tract - nose, eyes, ears, throat. There is no cure but your body will take care of the infection on its own within 5-10 days. Try taking OTC medications for symptoms if needed. ...Read more

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For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate any post cardiac problem symptom?

For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate any post cardiac problem symptom?

This depends on what: You mean by post cardiac. Did the patient have cardiac surgery? Myocardial infarction? cardiac infections? Arrhythmia treatments. If you are concerned it would be best to have the patient evaluated by her health care providers rather than relying on the internet where we have limited information and no ability to examine the patient. ...Read more

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For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, forehead pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate heart failure?

For a 57+ yr female can nose pain, forehead pain, sneezing, cough, feeling cold, headache & mild fever (all for 2 days) indicate heart failure?

Pos sinusitis or Flu: This could be flu. Has your nasal discharge turned to yellow or greenish? If so need antibiotics for sinusitis. The forehead pain suggests sinusitis, but can occur with febrile illness. Should not fool around w sinusitis, too close to brain. Is your nose stuffed? If so use afrin or a decongestant if you tolerate them. Would contact your PMD for further recommendations and an examination. ...Read more

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Can a root canal trigger sinus infection w high fever and unproductive cough? Headaches, sweats, sneezing, fever, runny nose, itchy throat, thank you!

Can a root canal trigger sinus infection w high fever and unproductive cough? Headaches, sweats, sneezing, fever, runny nose, itchy throat, thank you!

Not generally: Root canals on upper teeth with abscesses near or in the sinus can cause sinusitis, however this usually happens along with oral swelling. ...Read more

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I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

I am experiencing headache, runny nose, nasal drainage, sore throat, cough (worsened by: in the evening, at night) (quality: with phlegm or mucus, chronic cough), chest congestion, body aches and sneezing for 2 wks.

Sounds: Like our old" friend" INFLUENZA....Take Tylenol or a NSAID for the fever/aches...drink lots of fluids...REST and if it goes into a third week have a hands on exam by your PCP (Primary Care Provider) WHO SHOULD ALSO KNOW what viruses are active in your community.
Hope this is helpful. FEEL BETTER
Dr Z ...Read more

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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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I have had headache, sneezing, running nose for about 2 wks. Coughing that hurts my chest for 1 wk. Today I feel aches from my chest up.?

I have had headache, sneezing, running nose for about 2 wks. Coughing that hurts my chest for 1 wk. Today I feel aches from my chest up.?

Flu like illness: You sound like you have flu like Illness probably viral caused. Try Tylinol, two every four hours You could also take some OTC cough medicine like Tussi Organadin ...Read more

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Experiencing the following Symptoms: 3 Days Continuous Headaches, Vomiting & Diarrhea, Currently Feeling Feverish, Running Nose, Sneezing, Coughing. Almost like a Cold?

Experiencing the following Symptoms: 3 Days Continuous Headaches, Vomiting & Diarrhea, Currently Feeling Feverish, Running Nose, Sneezing, Coughing. Almost like a Cold?

Sounds like you: Have viral gastroenteritis or stomach flu. Or it could also be the dreaded Influenza. Since it's been 3 days, you are still within the window for anti-flu treatment. Go get a diagnosis from a healthcare provider nearby. You need to hydrate yourself constantly to avoid getting dehydrated and buying a trip to the ER for IV fluids. And watch out for others, don't infect them. ...Read more

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I have a headache, my nose is runny & stuffy. I keep sneezing and coughing, & my throat hurts. What over-the-counter meds should I get?

I have a headache, my nose is runny & stuffy. I keep sneezing and coughing, & my throat hurts. What over-the-counter meds should I get?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Can I give my 3 year old dayquil? He has a headcold coughing sneezing runny nose headache and he's nit sleeping I have dayquil can I give him half a es

Can I give my 3 year old dayquil? He has a headcold coughing sneezing runny nose headache and he's nit sleeping I have dayquil can I give him half a es

Cold preparations: Over the counter cold medicines do not reduce symptoms enough to risk the side effects including changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Try humidifier, lots ofh liquids (chicken soup!) and ice pops. And see your doctor if he is very uncomfortable. Best of luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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Not sure if I got flu but experiencing constantly coughing, temp of 37.2, one minute hot then cold, blocked nose and sinus playing up, headache, tired, sneezing and pains in parts of my joints?

Not sure if I got flu but experiencing constantly coughing, temp of 37.2, one minute hot then cold, blocked nose and sinus playing up, headache, tired, sneezing and pains in parts of my joints?

Could be: It is hard to tell for sure but your symptoms may well be flu. If these symptoms have been present for less than 48 hrs and especially when there is a flu epidemic going on, an antiviral pill may help cut down the duration of your symptoms. ...Read more

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2-3 weeks ago I had an ear infection and was given ten days worth of generic omnicef, (cefdinir) now I'm sneezing, coughing and have a throbbing headache?

2-3 weeks ago I had an ear infection and was given ten days worth of generic omnicef, (cefdinir) now I'm sneezing, coughing and have a throbbing headache?

Different problems: Sounds like two different issues. First sounds like a viral illness which you may or may not have required an antibiotic. The second could be allergy or migraine or another viral illness. I would see a specialist like an otolaryngologist or a good primary care doc that can point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Started with mild throat tingle. Now mucus in chest, sneezing, runny nose, headache, body fatigue/ aches. Coughing to clear throat. Sore throat also.

Started with mild throat tingle. Now mucus in chest, sneezing, runny nose, headache, body fatigue/ aches. Coughing to clear throat. Sore throat also.

Influenza: This sounds like a viral illness, possibly influenza. If you have just begun this see your doctor and be treated, but must be within the first day of two of symptoms. ...Read more

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19 weeks pregnant sore throat, swollen glands, killer headache with body ache congested runny nose, sneezing, coughing. Organic marijuana vs Advil (ibuprofen) n such? .

19 weeks pregnant sore throat, swollen glands, killer headache with body ache congested runny nose, sneezing, coughing. Organic marijuana vs Advil (ibuprofen) n such? .

PLEASE call your OB: As you may have strep throat and cold or flu, take what your OB advises but you are not supposed to take either advil (ibuprofen) or organic majijuana if u are pregnant! ...Read more

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Woke up last night with a throbbing pain in my front/top right side of my head. It's going away but when I cough, sneeze or bend over it throbs again.

Migraine?: This may be from a migraine but I am concerned that it is worsened by bending over. I think it is best that you seek medical care. If this is the first time ever you have a throbbing pain, rush to the ER. Just to be sure. ...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, (naproxen) Advil) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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