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A headache wakes me up at night, why?

A headache wakes me up at night, why?

Migraine or cluster: If your headaches are intermittent i.E with hours or days of headache free period then you are likely having cluster or migraine headaches. See a neurologist. ...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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Headaches wake me up at night and persists during the day. Have had frequent headaches for many years. Reason to worry?

Headaches wake me up at night and persists during the day. Have had frequent headaches for many years. Reason to worry?

Worry? No-Treat? Yes: Headaches waking you up persistently at night may be any number of things from tension type to migraine and there are others. Your use of the words "many years" suggests that these are likely benign (though I'm certain painful and perhaps even debilitating). Therefore, should you be worried? I would say likely not...But I suggest a good headache specialist to get you treated on back to yourself. ...Read more

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Throbbing headaches wake me up during night. Why?

Throbbing headaches wake me up during night. Why?

Nti-tss: I have had great success treating patients with migraine headaches. Nocturnal para-function, or night time tooth grinding /clenching is a major cause of migraine headaches. Find a dentist in your area that is familiar with the nti-tss night time appliance to help manage the outbreaks. Here is a website for you to learn more and find a dentist who may be able to help. Http://www. Nti-tss. Com. ...Read more

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Hi I have frequent headaches that wake me up at night and I also have it during day, and they hurt my eyes, saw eye doctor he sais everything is ok?

Hi I have frequent headaches that wake me up at night and I also have it during day, and they hurt my eyes, saw eye doctor he sais everything is ok?

At this point -: Since eyes are not the cause of the problem - would encourage you to see your primary care provider. If she or he deems necessary - a neurology consult may be done. ...Read more

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Why do headaches wake me up in the night?

Why do headaches wake me up in the night?

Depends: Sometimes, you have a headache, you go to sleep and wake up headache free. But if you wake up with a headache, either the headache is too severe for sleep to stop it or you develop a new headache during sleep. Headache is a form of pain so it can activate brain activities and wake you up. ...Read more

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What can I take for headaches that wake me up in the night?

What can I take for headaches that wake me up in the night?

Visit doctor: For headaches that wake you in the night, you should take a visit to your doctor. This type of headache needs attention rather than ignoring. If the headaches are occurring after binge-drinking it's a different story -- but there's no additional information on your question. Please see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Got teeth fillings (6) 6 days. Every since I have headache and teeth hurt the whole day. Headache is on one side of head and wakes me up at night. Why?

Got teeth fillings (6) 6 days. Every since I have headache and teeth hurt the whole day. Headache is on one side of head and wakes me up at night. Why?

Go back: You may need to have your dentist adjust your recent fillings. When your mouth is anesthetized (numb) you don't always bite down the same way. It's not something you can fix yourself. The best outcome would be that the adjustment fixes the problem. There are other post operative complications that can develop as well but let's think positively that it's a minor ajustment. ...Read more

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I have stomach pain and constant headaches. The stomach pain is inside and it wakes me up at night.

I have stomach pain and constant headaches. The stomach pain is inside and it wakes me up at night.

Doctor can evaluate: A person with stomach aches upon awakening can make a diary of symptoms, writing them down on a calendar. Include descriptions of the symptoms, when they occur, how long they last, what makes them better, what worsens them, any relation to foods or meds, any relation to activities, etc... Then, he can take the diary to the doctor. If symptoms are new, increasing, or worrisome, see Dr. Or ER today. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing massive headaches and numbness in my hands and feet for about 2 weeks. It wakes me up at night. Could it be a brain tumor?

I've been experiencing massive headaches and numbness in my hands and feet for about 2 weeks. It wakes me up at night. Could it be a brain tumor?

See your MD: You need to see your doctor as soon as possibled and have yourself checked. Definitely, if the headache is so severe and massive and has been there for 2 weeks- you don't want to wait anymore to have it evaluated. You need a good history and examination, imaging to the head-i.e.Mri-and some other tests. If you can't see your doc soon enough- go to er. Don't lose any more sleep -go now. ...Read more

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Headache and neck pain for 2 months. Worsening. Wakes me at night. Can't sleep and now cold wet sensation in head and thumping ear. What could be?

Headache and neck pain for 2 months. Worsening. Wakes me at night. Can't sleep and now cold wet sensation in head and thumping ear. What could be?

Hard to say: These complaints warrant a full history and exam. Given no history of trauma you could have a chronic headache or something life threatening like meningitis. As it turns out the best approach would be to be examined by your doctor and if unavailable to the emergency room to rule out these life threatening issues. ...Read more

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Headache when waking up. Better - but not completely gone - during the day and then comes back at night. Why?

Headache when waking up. Better - but not completely gone - during the day and then comes back at night. Why?

Complicated question: There are many causes of headaches. Common causes of daily headaches include tension headaches, medication overuse headaches, and migraines. Also, lack of enough sleep and stress are common culprits. I need a history of your symptoms and a neurological exam to make further recs, so please have a complete evaluation by your primary care doctor, who may then refer you to a neurologist. ...Read more

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I don't get anyosleep at night and its starting to beclme a headache. I toss and turn allight long and I wake up?

I don't get anyosleep at night and its starting to beclme a headache. I toss and turn allight long and I wake up?

Sleep deprived: What are you doing before you go to bed? You may be over stimulating yourself by texting, reading worry, etc an hour or so before bed try to relax by listening to soft music, take a walk or other relaxing activityas a last resort you can try taking melatonin. ...Read more

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Hi I'm having a headache (lower left side) for three days and nights as well. The pain wakes me up in the muddle of the night. What could that be?

Hi I'm having a headache (lower left side) for three days and nights as well. The pain wakes me up in the muddle of the night. What could that be?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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Headache that wakes me up in the middle of the night. Tinnitus?

Headache that wakes me up in the middle of the night. Tinnitus?

Have it checked: It is unusual to have a headache that wakes you up as you describe. If this is a new occurrence and you don't have a history of chronic headaches, it is concerning. You should have it checked out by your doctor. You want to make certain that it is not a mass lesion like a brain tumor. The tinnitus should also be evaluated. ...Read more

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Please what causes one to wake up sometime at night with a severe frontal headache. Thank you.?

Please what causes one to wake up sometime at night with a severe frontal headache. Thank you.?

Worrisome...: If a headache is bad enough to awaken you from your sleep, or is very severe, whether frontal or other part of scalp (there are no pain fibers in the brain!), you must see your physician. Most presume a headache is just a headache. But if never evaluated/worked up for causes, particularly if pattern changes, or become more severe, it needs to be. Must rule out brain tumor. If no cause found, rx. ...Read more

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Having general weakness of the body with light headache from 6 pm down, also feel so tired when ever I wake from bed at night. Pls advise me?

Having general weakness of the body with light headache from 6 pm down, also feel so tired when ever I wake from bed at night. Pls advise me?

Nonspecific: Your symptoms are nondiagnostic but could be due to inadequate sleep, depression, chronic stress and anxiety, anemia, low blood pressure, underactive thyroid, etc. I recommend seeing your physician who will take a thorough history and perform a complete physical examinition and then order appropriate tests in order to make a diagnos is, prescribe treatment and suggest any needed referrals. ...Read more

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I have been having sever headaches that seem to start from dreaming they wake me up at night and cannot get back to sleep cause of the pain?

I have been having sever headaches that seem to start from dreaming they wake me up at night and cannot get back to sleep cause of the pain?

See below: Few disorders can present as such, one of which is sleep apnea (as you wake up from rem sleep w/ headaches) this is especially true if you snore, gasp or choke for breath at night, have a dry mouth, night time reflux, ;/or daytime sleepiness. In that case, an eval. By a sleep doctor is recommended. Otherwise if you have other symptoms, a neurologist can eval. You for other causes of your headaches. ...Read more

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When I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night before I go to bed why do I always wake up with a horrific headache that lasts for about 45 min?

When I take a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night before I go to bed why do I always wake up with a horrific headache that lasts for about 45 min?

Known side effect: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can cause headache in certain patients (mechanism unknown). If you are taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night to help you get to sleep, I have had many patients do well taking melatonin (3 mg - over the counter) instead. ...Read more

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I wake after 2-4 hours sleep very sweaty only around the shoulders. This happens 2 or 3 times a week. About twice a month it is my whole torso. No other symptoms, no headache, and only at night.

I wake after 2-4 hours sleep very sweaty only around the shoulders. This happens 2 or 3 times a week. About twice a month it is my whole torso. No other symptoms, no headache, and only at night.

Concerning: Night sweats which is what you are describing are serious till proven otherwise. Seeing you doctor and answering some general health questions should help focus the investigations that will need to be done. ...Read more

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Can I take a calcium supplement and slow mag together at night? I seem to be getting headaches when I wake up

Can I take a calcium supplement and slow mag together at night? I seem to be getting headaches when I wake up

Headache: Unlikely to be due to taking the two together. But always possible. Try taking one in the morning and one in the evening. Good Luck ...Read more

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I run cool mist humidifier and air purifier at night but I wake up every morning with a headache. Do you have any ideas why? Thank you

I run cool mist humidifier and air purifier at night but I wake up every morning with a headache. Do you have any ideas why? Thank you

As an allergist,: I cringe a little when I hear about humidifiers because they are ripe for biofilms (colonization by bacteria and fungi). If it helps you, please clean it thoroughly and regularly with bleach. Sensitivities to fungus can be a cause of chronic rhinitis and it may be your trigger. Other benign causes of morning headaches include snoring/sleep apnea, migraine, grinding teeth/TMJ pain, poor sleep etc ...Read more

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Hi. I have been experiencing a headache for the last 3 days straight. It starts around my left temple and the pain seems to wrap completely around from that point. Nothing helps. It is worse at night, waking me from my sleep. More than a headache?

Hi. I have been experiencing a headache for the last 3 days straight. It starts around my left temple and the pain seems to wrap completely around from that point. Nothing helps. It is worse at night, waking me from my sleep. More than a headache?

Requires exam and: Testing: your description of your headache with band like pain going around your head suggests a tension or muscular contraction headache, ; however, if the severity is ongoing for 3 days, you should go to the ER now. ...Read more

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Been very restless lately. Waking up at night hot, headache, shortness of breath, and feels like a needle being stuck in my chest. Why?

Been very restless lately. Waking up at night hot, headache, shortness of breath, and feels like a needle being stuck in my chest. Why?

Anxious: Sounds like anxiety attacks. They can occur during sleep/rest. See your doc for some medication that may help with the symptoms. Always could consider a sleep study. ...Read more

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My anus has been extremely itchy especially at night the last few days. Every morning I wake up with a terrible headache and stiff neck. What could this mean? Infection?

My anus has been extremely itchy especially at night the last few days. Every morning I wake up with a terrible headache and stiff neck. What could this mean? Infection?

Pinworms?: One of the most common causes of nighttime anal itching is an intestinal parasite called pinworms but diagnosis requires evidence of their presence. The treatment is a prescription medication like albendazole. I can't think of any way this could be connected to your headache & stiff neck. So, in any case, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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