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I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

I keep seeing jagged flashes of lightning bolts that shimmer around an object followed by an intense headache. Are these hallucinations?

No: These are not hallucinations and you need to be seen by a doctor. Seeing lightning bolts can mean there is eye problem like a torn retina or neurologic problem like a migraine. If you are pregnant, visual changes associated with a headache can indicate a serious complication called pre eclampsia. If you have these symptoms it is very important you see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Watch for events that trigger headaches
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See your doctor
Once
Watch for food reactions
60 Min, Daily for 4 Weeks
See a dentist about your headaches
Once
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Bf got headache at 6. Said it felt like "sumthing crawling in head" had chills n body aches n it hurt to close 1 eye. Woke up seeing things. Is he ok?

Bf got  headache at 6. Said it felt like "sumthing crawling in head" had chills n body aches n it hurt to close 1 eye. Woke up seeing things. Is he ok?

He sounds sick: Your bf may have some sort of virus, there are a whole bunch or bad viruses around this time of year. However, he is delusional (seeing things) this is a concerning symptom and he should be checked out by his doc or in the er. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Use OTC acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help with the pain
Daily
Keep a headache diary about duration of headaches and triggers
Daily
Let your doctor know if your headache is waking you up at night
Once
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Can meditation cause a relapse (headaches or hallucinations), with or without being on medication?

Can meditation cause a relapse (headaches or hallucinations), with or without being on medication?

Meditation mental : Meditation can help in many cases to resolve depression or other mental problems. Many of my patients did get off medications while many need to continue both modalities. Talk to your doctor to be sure and safe. Meditation = self hypnotism, and can be very powerful depending on how well you were trained in it. Avoid to make decisions without your doc's advice. ...Read more

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I accidentally slept in a room filled with spilled perfume. I had hallucinations and still have a headache. What do I do? Is it dangerous?

I accidentally slept in a room filled with spilled perfume. I had hallucinations and still have a headache. What do I do? Is it dangerous?

Perhaps a migraine: Strong aromas such as perfume, may trigger a headache, but the hallucinations may represent an additional problem not usually associated with migraines. Doubt this will eventuate in lasting problems, but due to the complexities, please contact a physician and get this all checked out. ...Read more

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Go to bed and awaken at the same time daily
once
Exercise daily
once
Limit caffeine consumption to 2 cups each day
once
Avoid use of more than 24 analgesics per month
once
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About 3x5cm arachnoid cyst, right frontal lobe, no changes for 6 years. Can it cause symtoms now like, headaches, forgeting, musical hallucinations?

About 3x5cm arachnoid cyst, right frontal lobe, no changes for 6 years. Can it cause symtoms now like, headaches, forgeting, musical hallucinations?

See your neurologist: It's best to see your neurologist for an evaluation. Any on-line answer will be superficial. Musical hallucinations and forgetfulness should be evaluated directly by a physician. If the headaches are causing visual problems please go to an emergency room. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Hallucination (Definition)

Hallucinations involve sensing things while awake that appear to be real, but instead have been ...Read more

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