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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...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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How can I relieve a severe headache with just OTC meds?

How can I relieve a severe headache with just OTC meds?

Headache remedies: Some patients do well on Excedrin migraine, and others respond to tylenol (acetaminophen). A new otc called dolovent also seems to help some. There are scattered reports of chiropractic treatment assisting some people. However, all of the above could have some risks, and best to consult with your physician about all of these approaches. ...Read more

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I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

Severe headache: For a persistent severe headache, i would recommend that you call your primary doctor. Your symptoms may be related to a stroke... If you cannot get a timely appointment, then go to the er for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Keep getting severe headaches I take topamax (topiramate) 50mg twice a day but the OTC meds do not work. What do I do?

Keep getting severe headaches I take topamax (topiramate) 50mg twice a day but the OTC meds do not work. What do I do?

Some answers: It would help to know what kind of headaches you have. They may be migraines. I cannot tell from this information. If you have frequent migraines, preventive medicine is recommended. How frequently do you have them? Preventive medicine may not stop them, but ideally, it should reduce them. You should also have something to stop the migraines when the start. An abortive medicine - triptan. ...Read more

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I have had a moderate to severe headache every single day for the last 4 months. Have tried multiple meds. I have 3 lesions on my brain, one is .6x.7x.8 any sugg. For relief?

I have had a moderate to severe headache every single day for the last 4 months. Have tried multiple meds. I have 3 lesions on my brain, one is .6x.7x.8 any sugg. For relief?

Brain lesions: Well if you have known lesions, you know the cause of your headache. Your doctor would be the best to answer how to treat your pain as he or she knows what is going on and i don't . If you aren't satisfied seek a second opinion armed with facts the second doctor can use to make an informed decision. ...Read more

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Severe headache after air travel. What can I do or take to relieve this?

Severe headache after air travel. What can I do or take to relieve this?

Pseudoephedrine, AND: Momzbma, if you have headaches after air travel, it is possible that you are not equalizing pressure in your sinuses well. Although sometimes Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine tablets can help with this, i would recommend discussing it with your family doctor and possibly seeing a ear/nose/throat (ENT) physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Headache (Worst Ever) (Definition)

Severe headache is a symptom in which a person has great pain in his head. Severe headache is usually an emergency. Causes include meningitis, bleeding in the brain, trauma, brain tumors, etc. ...Read more