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How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?

How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?

Not likely serious: Headaches are very common. Most are tension, but some are migraines or cluster. New onset headache in an adult which is recurrent should raise concern and prompt a work up. A cat scan of the brain is a quick test that is inexpensive but lacks details and may not show early stages of a brain tumor. An MRI with contrast is the best diagnostic study. ...Read more

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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 you tell if a headache is something serious? I get headaches in different places and strengths everyday for the last few months.

How can you tell if a headache is something serious? I get headaches in different places and strengths everyday for the last few months.

Get medical exam: The best way for your to get reassurance is to go to your DR, have an exam It is impossible to make a DX for your HA's in this format. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why i wake up with severe headaches?

Could you tell me why i wake up with severe headaches?

Headache awakening: The commonest cause is migraine yet you need to see your doctor to define what the cause is. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of a good remedy for severe chronic daily headaches?

Can you tell me of a good remedy for severe chronic daily headaches?

Need to evaluate: Agree with Dr Grin regarding pinning down headache characteristics, as some different patterns will respond to different preventative meds. Generically, many prescription preps such as propanalol, Depakote, Topamax, (topiramate) diltiazem, but many OTC items such as riboflavin, butterbur, magnesium. Your doctor can design an appropriate preventative program. ...Read more

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Can you tell me docs, is back pain that causes severe headaches something to worry about?

Can you tell me docs, is back pain that causes severe headaches something to worry about?

Separate problems: The headache and back pain are separate problems and need to be addressed separately, but simultaneously for successful pain management outcomes. In many cases headaches and back pain go together although reasons for the association is unclear. My recommendation: see pain management specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have abdominal pains and these headaches that come and go. I have a history of gastritis but not a serious one. Can you tell me what this might be?

More details?: We need to know more about the character (throbbing, dull etc) of these headaches and how long have it had it. Your age is also important. We also need to know if the abdominal pain and headaches do come together. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my headache is a severe migrane or cerebral hemorrhage?

How can I tell if my headache is a severe migrane or cerebral hemorrhage?

Early evaluation: If you have not been diagnosed with migraine and/or you are experiencing the worst headache of your life, go to the emergency department where a ct scan will be done to rule out a cerebral hemorrhage. ...Read more

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4 fill 1 RCT wis. Headache earache. Toothache but can't tell which. Pain for 3 wks. Teeth severe pain from cold liquid. Possible not tooth related?

4 fill 1 RCT wis. Headache earache. Toothache but can't tell which. Pain for 3 wks. Teeth severe pain from cold liquid. Possible not tooth related?

Most likely RCT: The tooth pain won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head and neck. You can use Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID for pain control. See a dentist ASAP for assessment and treatment. Do not delay. ...Read more

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