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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

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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At the grocer my L eye became very blurry. It got a lot worse until I went outside. Followed by intense headache. Should I be worried?

At the grocer my L eye became very blurry. It got a lot worse until I went outside. Followed by intense headache. Should I be worried?

Migraine: You experienced a migraine headache. Migraine versions of over the counter medications such as Advil, (ibuprofen) Motrin and Excedrin can help with this in some cases. If they are recurrent, you should see your doctor for evaluation and prescription medication. There are many preventive and abortive prescriptions that can help migraine sufferers. ...Read more

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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 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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12yr old daughter complaining of popping in head followed by intense headache on left side of head. Happened 3x this week but never before. Ideas?

12yr old daughter complaining of popping in head followed by intense headache on left side of head. Happened 3x this week but never before. Ideas?

Headache: Intense headache has to be evaluated. Headache has many causes, she need to be checked by her doctor & if persistent a neuro consult is recommended. She can try tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for now but please see her doctor. I hope she feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can pre-eriods cause panic attacks? It's the second time I've had an intense headache followed by panic attacks and it's always when my boobs hurt et

Can pre-eriods cause panic attacks? It's the second time I've had an intense headache followed by panic attacks and it's always when my boobs hurt et

Panic attacks can be: Triggered by many things, even hormonal shifts from period or blood sugar changes. Please see your doc to make sure all is well then a mental health professional for treatment of panic attacks. Peace and god health. ...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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Can meditation cause a relapse (headaches or hallucinations), with or without being on medication?

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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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Starting at 12 pm this afternoon I got a very bad headache, at 4 pm I got dizzy and almost fell over, and now I was just watching the floor and it was doing the wave (which I'm guessing was a hallucination) and now I am experiencing all of these alongside

Starting at 12 pm this afternoon I got a very bad headache, at 4 pm I got dizzy and almost fell over, and now I was just watching the floor and it was doing the wave (which I'm guessing was a hallucination) and now I am experiencing all of these alongside

Seek evaluation now: You may be having any of several very serious neurological illnesses, cardiovascular illnesses, or it could be dehydration. I recommend you seek medical attention immediately at a local urgent care center or hospital emergency department. ...Read more

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My 3yr has pains in her arms, legs and complained of tummy ache for 2 mnths, doc said nothing, now headaches, tired and has had 1 weird hallucination?

My 3yr has pains in her arms, legs and complained of tummy ache for 2 mnths, doc said nothing, now headaches, tired and has had 1 weird hallucination?

Go back: The list of possible causes to her symptoms is long. She may even have a central nervous system issue or infection like lyme disease. Often with a variety of symptoms as hers, you aren't given a diagnosis the first time you're evaluated so she needs to go back and ask the doctor to re-evaluate her for other causes. If you aren't comfortable with the evaluation and diagnosis get another opinion. ...Read more

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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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I had a severe reaction to the contrast dye used in a myelogram. I am having hallucinations and brain zap headaches & seizures. Will they ever stop?

I had a severe reaction to the contrast dye used in a myelogram. I am having hallucinations and brain zap headaches & seizures. Will they ever stop?

See your doctor: You should discuss your side effects with the doctor who ordered the procedure and the radiologist. They may have suggestions for you to reduce the symptoms. Try to rest. A short term trial of antipsychotic medication may help until the symptoms resolve. I see that you are also on depakote. You may need to have your dose increased. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old I work in a roofing company I have felt dizzy, im sweaty, I have a rash that comes and goes, headaches, hallucinations and dry mouth?

I am 23 years old I work in a roofing company I have felt dizzy, im sweaty, I have a rash that comes and goes, headaches, hallucinations and dry mouth?

See a physician asap: Please see a physician as soon as possible. It sounds like you have more than one symptom that if left untreated will result in even bigger problems for you. If necessary, go to a 24\7 urgent medical care facility or the emergency room of a hospital. ...Read more

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My husband has a very intense headache on the back of his head on the left side he's had it for 3 days now what could it be? Should we worry?

My husband has a very intense headache on the back of his head on the left side he's had it for 3 days now what could it be? Should we worry?

I : I am assuming by intense headache you mean his pain is about an 8 or higher out of ten. Regardless an unrelenting headache that has been present for 3 days needs to be investigated. He could be dealing with a tension or migraine headache, extremely high blood pressure, or even a bleed in his brain. I don't mean to scare you but serious things can and do happen. If he has not seen a doctor yet he should do so immediately.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why my daughter has an intense headache and heavy head?

Can you please tell me why my daughter has an intense headache and heavy head?

Need consultation: Many headaches that are not able to be diagnosed are caused from TMJ and muscle dysfunction. Consult with a dentist that treats a lot of TMJ patients for an evaluation. ...Read more

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My husband has a very intense headache in the back part of his head what could it be? Should we worry?

My husband has a very intense headache in the back part of his head what could it be? Should we worry?

That : That is a very concerning symptom and he should be seen immediately. A sudden severe headache in a patient who does not usually get headaches should always have medical evaluation. If your doctor can't see him immediately, or if he has ongoing pain, vomiting, fever, or any weakness or numbness then he will have to go to the er. ...Read more

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I always get crazy intense headache in the back of my head when we reach flying height (not landing or rising). What can I do? Can it be serious?

I always get crazy intense headache in the back of my head when we reach flying height (not landing or rising). What can I do? Can it be serious?

Possibly serious-: You should discuss this with a physician in your area. You may have a pocket of trapped air/gas in your head that expands when going to altitude. This is usually from a sinus infection, trauma or developmental anomaly. Aircraft cabins are pressurized to simulate 8,000 ft (2400m) Like being up on a mountain. You may need a CT or MRI of the skull/brain. You may want to avoid flying for a bit. ...Read more

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My mom has a chronic, intense headache and her hands are discolored. What do I do?

My mom has a chronic, intense headache and her hands are discolored. What do I do?

Chronic head ache.: Chronic headache may be Migraine/vascular headache. It may arise with neck jaw problems and intracranial abnormality needs to be ruled out as well. Have your mother examined with some labs/xrays. There are several treatment options available bsed on the type of the headache. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've had an intense headache for 3 days. Nothing I've used has worked. What do you recommend?

I've had an intense headache for 3 days. Nothing I've used has worked. What do you recommend?

Consult your doctor: Intense headache for three days not responding to pain meds needs to be evaluated. It may be due to high blood pressure, migraine, cluster headache or some other medical condition as it can be due to deveral causes and needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I had a crippling, intense headache after orgasming to the point where I could not stand. It eventually went away, returned the next couple of times I orgasmed (diff. days each time) always lessening with each occurrence until it stopped happening?

I had a crippling, intense headache after orgasming to the point where I could not stand. It eventually went away, returned the next couple of times I orgasmed (diff. days each time) always lessening with each occurrence until it stopped happening?

See Below.: Its rare, but a headache associated with sexual activity (including at the time of orgasm) is described. The fact that it stopped happening is a bit re-assuring, but if it recurs, please do get evaluated immediately. If I saw you in clinic, I personally would have done a neurological exam and likely recommended an MRI or CT of the brain prior to attributing it to being an orgasmic headache. ...Read more

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I have intense headache after eating, how can I explain it?

I have intense headache after eating, how can I explain it?

Intense headache: There can be many reasons for intense headache such as hypertension, food allergies, food intolerance, diabetes with hypogylcemic attacks as well as migraines. ...Read more

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I have experienced intense headache while sleeping, what could it be?

Many possibilities: My suggestion would be to see a physician or headache specialist for an evaluation. It could be something serious so don't wait. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has been having a very intense headache. He feels a throbbing sensation to his eyes whenever he rotates his eyes around.?

My boyfriend has been having a very intense headache. He feels a throbbing sensation to his eyes whenever he rotates his eyes around.?

This could be sinus: If the headaches are frontal and behind eyes and produces a pressure sensation in eyes especially with eye movement this could be sinus disease. Usually ethmoid or frontal sinus disease. An ENT should be seen. If headaches persist and there is no sinus disease an MRI should be gotten of brain and orbits. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Hallucinations (Definition)

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