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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

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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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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?

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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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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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 dont 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. Dont 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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Tach during sleep nightly, shaky, shivering, nervous feeling in chest, headache. Wakes me up. Go to emerg, attack over. What doc should I see?

Tach during sleep nightly, shaky, shivering, nervous feeling in chest, headache. Wakes me up. Go to emerg, attack over. What doc should I see?

Primary Care/Psych: If you had an evaluation in the ER and there was no cardiac problems, I would start with your Primary Care Physician. He/She can screen for metabolic problems that can cause these symptoms. If they keep happening and your tests are negative, they may be panic attacks which may lead to a Psychiatric referral. A good therapist may also be able to teach you some techniques to deal with panic attack ...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?

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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