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How can you tell if someone is faking a headache?

How can you tell if someone is faking a headache?

Malingering: Malingering is intentional deceptive behavior. There is an external/secondary gain present as the main motivation for the behavior. To tell if the headache is fake-a noticable difference between the level of distress/disability claimed by the individual compared to information obtained "objectively" through observation/task performance ability over a specific time period.

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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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Can someone tell me if oxycontin is a little extreme for headaches?

Can someone tell me if oxycontin is a little extreme for headaches?

Beyond extreme: Firstly, Oxycontin is a long-acting preparation, and headaches are self-limited and should not require this. Secondly, opiate use for headaches actually increases the chance of another headache (rebound headache). Many headaches can be prevented, and you need to see a physician knowledgeable in the workup of headache to get better advice. At most, tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil for tension headache, not opiates.

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My Brother is 23 year old. He suffer from fever (after every 15-20 days) frequently. He also have headache. Please tell me why this happen.

My Brother is 23 year old. He suffer from fever (after every 15-20 days) frequently. He also have headache. Please tell me why this happen.

Fever and headache: Has he travelled recently? If no recent international travel then no unusual infection but needs to see doctor to make sure no other symptoms? Recurring sinus? Ear? Infection. Probably needs CT or MRI of brain

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Can you tell me what causes headaches?

Can you tell me what causes headaches?

Headaches: Yes. But better to go to wikipedia or uptodate. Com for really good discussion as we do not have room here. At you age and gender I would ask about BCPs.

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How can I tell if my child has a headache?

How can I tell if my child has a headache?

Very hard to tell: It is very hard to tell if a baby has a headache. We assume babies and toddlers have headaches because we know older children and adults have headaches. We presume that the symptoms children and adults have during headaches are similar to the symptoms babies would have during headaches, such as: cold symptoms, fevers, vomiting, poor appetite, fussiness, tiredness, restless sleep, etc..

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How do you tell what kind of headache you have?

How do you tell what kind of headache you have?

Best left to a Pro: Some of the variables that you need to share with them are inciting factors llike food, or environment, how long you have had them, any change in severity, location, character like throbbing, constant or pressure, other associated symptoms like dizziness, nausea, paralysis or weakness of any muscles or functions like speaking or swallowing, and what treatments you may be using for relief.

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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.

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Could you tell me what are leads to of a headache?

Could you tell me what are leads to of a headache?

Identify triggers: There are certain foods and aspects of lifestyle that can trigger or worsen headaches and migraines. The best way to identify triggers is to maintain a headache diary and keep a list of foods eaten before your migraine. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, cheese, msg, processed meats, alcohol, smoking/being around smoke, stress, skipping meals, lack of sleep or too much sleep.

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Can you tell me how to get my headache to go away?

Can you tell me how to get my headache to go away?

R/O TENSION HA: The 4 basic headaches are Tension, Sinus, migraine and cluster. The muscles that originate at the base of the neck insert near the temple. Rest /ice and a darkened room may help. Also a NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) /daypro. Muscle relaxant ie KLONOPIN/ FLEXERIL. Meditation/Yoga/Biofeedback. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH. Com You need a full exam an blood work to be through. If symptoms worsen seek medical evaluation

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Please tell me what can be causing my son's headaches?

Please tell me what can be causing my son's headaches?

See a neurologist: Migraines are most common cause of headaches.

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How to tell why I always get a headache only on the weekends?

How to tell why I always get a headache only on the weekends?

Hmmmm: Partying on the weekends? Working on weekends only? What is it that happens every weekend that doesn't happen during the week that could be causing tension or stress? That's probably your answer!

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Can you tell me about headache without the pain or is this not a headache?

Can you tell me about headache without the pain or is this not a headache?

Migraine: Migraine is not all headaches. It is a complex constellation of events including sensory abnormalities, motor weakness, behavioral changes, vision disturbances, confusion, alternating hemiplegia, all can occur without headaches.

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Can you tell me why I am having on going headache been going on for awhile now.

Can you tell me why I am having on going headache been going on for awhile now.

Many possibilities: Most people get a headache at some time, such as from colds, infections, lack of sleep, too much driving, long hours on the computer, stress at work, etc... Over-the-counter drug options include tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin/advil, alleve, excedrinmigraine, and their generic brands. A bad or increasing headache, recurrent headache, weird headache, or one with other worrisome symptoms must be seen by a doctor.

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Headache is worst ever and too scared to tell my boss. Should I take any tablets?

Headache is worst ever and too scared to tell my boss. Should I take any tablets?

Go to the ER: The description "worst headache ever" often goes with a subarachnoid bleed, which is potentially fatal. This requires going to the er right now to rule this out with a ct scan. Just tell your boss you need to go to the er and go!

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I think I have just a headache but is it possible to tell if it's something worse?

I think I have just a headache but is it possible to tell if it's something worse?

Do you have other: Symptoms besides the headache? What is a description of headache? There isn't enough info currently for us to answer this question. Could clarify and re-ask. Take care.

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Can you tell me how I could exercise when I get headaches every single time I try to work out?

Can you tell me how I could exercise when I get headaches every single time I try to work out?

Exercise Headaches: I understand your frustration of getting headaches while trying to exercise Due to your concern of “i get headaches every single time I try to work out”, please see a Neurologist, provide family history of migraines, your history of sinus problem, eye problems, stress or high Blood Pressure for Diagnosis. Avoid Exercise in hot weather. See Psychiatrist about stresses in your journey of life.

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Could you tell me what happens if I have been getting slight headaches almost every day this week?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, teeth grinding, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems.

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