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Just started exercising for first time ever - and experience headache after. Getting over the flu and still congested. Worry?

Just started exercising for first time ever - and experience headache after. Getting over the flu and still congested. Worry?

No: Exercising with a head full of congestion would likely cause a headache in almost anyone. You should feel better as your cold improves. Don't exercise so strenuously until you feel better! ...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


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I got flu and headache. What are your suggestions?

I got flu and headache. What are your suggestions?

Flu: If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! In some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What medicine is best for headache and flu?

What medicine is best for headache and flu?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) maybe: If the headache is from fever than tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen may help. If the headache is from the flu then rest and fluids will help. Elderberry can help with the flu as well. The medication tamiflu is also used for flu symptoms and you would need to see your doctor for a presciption. Homeopathic remedies for the flu also include bryonia and gelsemium. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a headache caused by diagnosed flu?

What's the best way to treat a headache caused by diagnosed flu?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin: For headache, bodyache or fever you may take acetamnophen (tylenol)or ibuprophen (motrin). ...Read more

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How could I tell if I have flu if I never get any temperature or headaches?

How could I tell if I have flu if I never get any temperature or headaches?

Muscle pain: Aches and pains, lethargy may occur
after flu epidemics some people who never had symptoms test positive for having had the flu
then again, maybe you don't have the flu if uncertain talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having headaches and bodyaches all the sudden. I feel like I have the flu. What's going on?

I'm having headaches and bodyaches all the sudden. I feel like I have the flu. What's going on?

Need more info: Without knowing all of your symptoms and doing and examination it is impossible to know what is going on. It is like saying to mechanic my car shakes and gets hot what is it. Go get examined. ...Read more

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I have been flu for almost 5 days and headache for 3 days. Is it maybe I last of sleep? Because I sleep very late. Is it the cause of it?

I have been flu for almost 5 days and headache for 3 days. Is it maybe I last of sleep? Because I sleep very late. Is it the cause of it?

Viral illness: When one suffers from viral illness all these symptoms are possible. You should rest cognitively and physically. Drink plenty of water, eat regularly despite not feeling well. Avoid caffeine. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) to control the fever. If not on the mend by 7 days or any worsening of the symptoms, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Are headache, painful neck and shoulders symptoms of flu?

Fever?: If yes, then maybe. If you have no fever flu is unlikely and you should see your doctor if this persists for a few days. ...Read more

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Could it be meningitis if I have a bad headache with my flu?

Could it be meningitis if I have a bad headache with my flu?

Unlikely: Anything is possible, but this is infrequent. If, however, you have stiff neck, sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting, alterations in mental status, localized neurological changes, high sustained fevers, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have flu, stomach swollen, teeth pain and headache what is it?

I have flu, stomach swollen, teeth pain and headache what is it?

2 separate problems: 1. Seasonal flu is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. 2. Teeth pain will not resolve on its own and visit to a dentist is warranted. Call your dentist today. ...Read more

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Can the flu shot cause a headache?

Yes it could: The flu shot has fragments of the h1n1 virus that caused the 2010 pandemic, and is known to produce a robust immune response. In certain cases, it may cause a headache which should go away. If your headache worsens where you feel extremely ill, begin to have neck pain or become confused, it may be something other than the flu shot- see your doctor if this is the case. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a bad headache with the flu?

Is it common to have a bad headache with the flu?

Influenza: Yes, severe headaches may occur, but the headache might also be due to other causes. If it continues unabated as your influenza is resolving definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why I get flu when my sleep is disturbed? Headaches and languishness is normal but why flu?

Flu: The flu is caused by a virus you contract from an infected individual. It is unrelated to your sleep disturbance as the cause of your infection. ...Read more

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My whole body was aching this morning and I had a heavy headache. I've had a stuffy noise and some stuff seems louder than what it really is. Flu?

My whole body was aching this morning and I had a heavy headache. I've had a stuffy noise and some stuff seems louder than what it really is. Flu?

Most likely: You describe a possible viral infection. Rest and plenty of fluids. If you are not bouncing back within a coupe of days then get evaluated by your family physician. ...Read more

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3x have had what it like the start of the flu but hasn't turned into anything. Grazed feeling inside allover and severe headache. What could it be?

3x have had what it like the start of the flu but hasn't turned into anything. Grazed feeling inside allover and severe headache. What could it be?

See a doc: If you have never had a headache like this then go to a doc asap. New headaches are not ok until checked out especially when they are accompanied by medical symptoms. ...Read more

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Already had flu this season but got sick suddenly yesterday. Within few hours I was coughing, stuffy, chills, major headache and 39c temp. Flu again?

Already had flu this season but got sick suddenly yesterday. Within few hours I was coughing, stuffy, chills, major headache and 39c temp. Flu again?

Nothing Makes Sense: Picture a virus wearing a ski mask and you can't tell what it is. The only way to really tell if you had the real flu the first time would be to take a blood test or nose swab at that time. Maybe you did/maybe you didn't.And this time maybe you do and maybe you don't.One thing for sure, very unlikely to get the same virus twice in the same year. Unless its"bimodal, "having two symptomatic peaks. ...Read more

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I've had flu type symptoms but with crazy back pain all over my back. This never happened before. Also headache Do I just have flu or something else?

I've had flu type symptoms but with crazy back pain all over my back. This never happened before. Also headache Do I just have flu or something else?

Nonspecific: Your symptoms are nonspecific at this time. It is not possible to diagnose a viral infection yet without respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. However you may be having prodromal symptoms and they could localize soon. Take in fluids and Tylenol (acetaminophen) in the meantime and check with your physician if you still have further concerns. ...Read more

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Good evening, I have been sick for 5 days with the flu. I have been experiencing a really bad headache this evening though and have checked my body te?

Good evening, I have been sick for 5 days with the flu. I have been experiencing a really bad headache this evening though and have checked my body te?

The flu can cause: A headache as part of is symptoms. If this headache persists for more than a few days or gets worse, see a Dr. Otherwise, tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetaminophen) or advil may relieve headache. Fever can also cause a headache, so keep your temp down withe tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil. ...Read more

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Could the flu shot posibly cause vertigo and headaches?

Could the flu shot posibly cause vertigo and headaches?

Yes it could...: The flu shot causes an immune response that is similar but less intense reaction compared to the real flu (fever, mild myalgias, arthralgias). This is expected. In rarer cases, it could result in the symptoms you describe. However, it is best to be evaluated by a physician, to ensure it is not some other diagnosis that is independent from the flu shot you just received. ...Read more

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Started with vomiting then headache, bodyaches and 101 fever vomiting gone- flu?

Started with vomiting then headache, bodyaches and 101 fever vomiting gone- flu?

Most likely: Sounds like a viral illness. The GI viruses usually last 3-7 days. The most important thing is to stay well-hydrated. If you develop dizziness or sore throat, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Cough, flu, fever and headache in 32weeks pregnancy?

Influenza: If you have flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen). Rest a lot! Advise your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Why stomach flu associate with headache?

See below: Headaches are a general symptom of many viral illnesses, even stomach (GI) illnesses. This is due to the viral load triggering the general inflammatory response and with a stomach bug, if vomiting and diarrhea, could also be due to dehydration as well. Keep hydrated, and pain meds as needed. ...Read more

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Am having flu above the chest. ..and now am feeling headache on my eyes?

Am having flu above the chest. ..and now am feeling headache on my eyes?

Normal effects: If your symptoms just started you can get examined and if needed placed on antiviral medication. ...Read more

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I have had chills headache body hurts could this be the flu even if I had the flu shot?

I have had chills headache body hurts could this be the flu even if I had the flu shot?

Yes: In any season we have at least 4-6 strains of flu circling the globe & air travel mixes/spreads it quickly. Flu virus mutates rapidly & the vaccine has the most recent & frequent strains but can't have them all. You could have a mutated strain or one not in the vaccine. You could also have something else. The flu shot is not perfect but it is the best we have. I get mine every year (X40+). ...Read more