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Can you give me advice with headache only ever on one side?

Can you give me advice with headache only ever on one side?

Get eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...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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Why do I have one side headaches and but not the other side?

Why do I have one side headaches and but not the other side?

Possible migraine: Headaches that occur on one side of the head are often migraines. These can be throbbing headaches, associated with nausea, sensitivity to bright light or loud noises, and occasionally flashing lights and visual changes. If this describes your headache, try taking an NSAID (ie. Ibuprofen) as soon as the headache starts to abort it before it gets worse. If this is a frequent problem, see an md. ...Read more

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Headache out of nowhere. Feels like brief amounts of pain. Getting worse. One sided?

Headache out of nowhere. Feels like brief amounts of pain. Getting worse. One sided?

Ask your doctor: It appears that you have one because of your several studies including CT scan. A change in the pattern of headaches is just as concerning as new onset of headaches, and since it is getting worse and is one sided, you do need to be reevaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have headache at one point since 3 days on left side when I touch it, it gain pain too much, if I didn't touch there is no pain, what should I do?

I have headache at one point since 3 days on left side when I touch it, it gain pain too much, if I didn't touch there is no pain, what should I do?

Maybe migraine: During or following a migraine headache, skin sensitivity termed allodynia can occur. Best approach to handle this is to see your physician, treat current symptoms but focus on future headache prevention. ...Read more

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Worried, for years, since starting perimen, have headaches, few bad ones weeks back, sometimes a lot, sometimes not for a month, mostly left side, serious?

Worried, for years, since starting perimen, have headaches, few bad ones weeks back, sometimes a lot, sometimes not for a month, mostly left side, serious?

Headaches: Yes - serious.
Please bring it to your doctor's attention - he/she will take your medical history, examine you, and then decide how best to treat you.
Most good doctors really take care of their patients.

Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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I've been getting headaches on my left side one day and then it will go away and then it will be on my right side. But ive never had headaches like it?

I've been getting headaches on my left side one day and then it will go away and then it will be on my right side. But ive never had headaches like it?

Headaches: It is difficult to determine the type of headaches that you have based on the information provided. Because this is a new type of headache for you it is important see a neurologist or your family doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What causes one sided headaches?

What causes one sided headaches?

Migraine: Usually one-sided headaches represent migraine, but not always. You should be evaluated first by your family doctor. Depending on the exact history and physical exam (s)he can refer you for further evaluation by a headache specialist, if appropriate. ...Read more

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What causes one-sided headaches?

What causes one-sided headaches?

Probable migraine: See a neurologist. He/ she may be able to help you if u are hurting that much. ...Read more

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What causes a one sided headache?

What causes a one sided headache?

Migraine & Surprises: Most doctors who hear of 'one-sided' headaches (has) immediately think of migraines, which are usually on 1 side & often accompanied by 'auras' - symptoms which precede the onset of pain. Some will think of 'tension' has, but these are ill-defined. A good osteopathic hands-on exam can often elucidate the exact cause of 1-sided (or other) has and lead to specific treatment to relieve them. ...Read more

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I have bad headache and my pain on one side?

I have bad headache and my pain on one side?

Migraine: If this is the worst headache of your life then you should seek care immediately. Most likely this is a migraine headache. We have a number of abortive medicines to try for headaches like this. Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen while pushing fluids can be helpful. ...Read more

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What do I do? I have this weird headache on one side of my head?

What do I do? I have this weird headache on one side of my head?

See a neurologist: If similar headaches have occurred in the past then it is most likely a migraine. ...Read more

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I have been feeling headaches for more than 2 weeks now. Pain wave in head usually on one side.

I have been feeling headaches for more than 2 weeks now. Pain wave in head usually on one side.

Things to try: I will give you some things to try but if they do not work see your doctor as soon as possible. Drink 2-3 liters of water daily. Walk for 30 minutes daily. Take a multivitmain daily. Take 1000 mg fish oil supplement daily. Avoid all caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and anti-inflammatory medications. Hold warm compresses to your sinus areas above and below your eyes. Take an antihistamine daily. ...Read more

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19day headache, moves to left when on my right side, moves to back when face down. What can cause this?

19day headache, moves to left when on my right side, moves to back when face down. What can cause this?

Similar to past HAs?: Thank you for posting this question. I don't want to alarm you, but since you are asking this question online, I'm assuming that this isn't similar to past headaches you've experienced in the past. In a 54-year-old woman like you, this positional description deserves a full evaluation, and you may need testing. Please let your doctor know about this headache. Good luck! ...Read more

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I suffer frm headaches once a month in one side of my head. And feel nauses whenever try to have any medicne.?

I suffer frm headaches once a month in one side of my head. And feel nauses whenever try to have any medicne.?

Can you be seen: By your doctor? Could be migraines and if once a month may be related to periods. If medicine bothers you, consider seeing an acupuncturist and/or a homeopathic practitioner. Both of those modalities have a lot to offer. Acupuncture can balance hormones and potentially reduce/abort your headaches if they are hormonally related. ...Read more

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When is a headache something to worry about? I've had one (along with pain in my lower left side) for a couple of weeks. #miserable

When is a headache something to worry about? I've had one (along with pain in my lower left side) for a couple of weeks. #miserable

Neurologic symptoms: Headaches are common, approaching 100% of people have headaches. It would be serious if accompanied by neurologic symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, trouble speaking or seeing. See your physician for an exam, and treatment. It could be an extended migraine. ...Read more

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I've never had headaches in my life until hitting my head over a yr ago. Now when I do they are pretty bad, days long and one sided. Normal?

I've never had headaches in my life until hitting my head over a yr ago. Now when I do they are pretty bad, days long and one sided. Normal?

Concerning sign: Any headache that is new and persistent, especially when one-sided, and it does not respond to over-the-counter pain relievers, is worth a closer look. The fact that you have had them a year and are still around to talk about is reassuring though. It would be a good idea to get an examination from your primary care provider who can decide what steps should be taken next if no cause is evident. ...Read more

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I have sharp pains in one side of my neck and some headaches. I am not sure if the two are related but I am wondering if these symptoms are serious? -

I have sharp pains in one side of my neck and some headaches. I am not sure if the two are related but I am wondering if these symptoms are serious? -

Trapezius strain: Pain on turning neck to opposite side? No nausea or vomiting or fever? Mostly trapezius muscle strain by sleeping in wrong position. Treatment - ice, massage and stretch. Otc pain meds, not better see the dr. ...Read more