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Pulsing headache+dizziness lasting hours triggered by nodding head or moving hair. Pain builds up with motion. Intermittent varying tender scalp spots?

Pulsing headache+dizziness lasting hours triggered by nodding head or moving hair. Pain builds up with motion. Intermittent varying tender scalp spots?

Chronic or acute? : If these symptoms are chronic and paroxysmal, recurring with your noted triggers above, then most likely you have exertional headaches. These headaches are commonly benign but do require investigation by an MRI of Brain for completion. If acute and abrupt in onset, then you should proceed to the Emergency Department of your local hospital. ...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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Intermittent throbbing headache for +48 hours after tennis, seems connected to neck (can rub neck and recreate). What is best treatment: heat, ibuprofen, flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

Intermittent throbbing headache for +48 hours after tennis, seems connected to neck (can rub neck and recreate).  What is best treatment:  heat, ibuprofen, flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

All good options : The options you mention are good and in the right order to use! (flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) requires a prescription) if you didn't sustain an injury, it is likely tight neck muscles due to overuse. Range of motion exercises can help as well. If it does not improve with over the counter medications soon consult your physician. ...Read more

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I have had a headache for 3 weeks not a bad one just pulsing temporal area no let up no other symptoms worse in am ?

I have had a headache for 3 weeks not a bad one just pulsing temporal area no let up no other symptoms worse in am ?

Many possibilities: The symptoms mentioned may be signs of a condition know as temporal arteritis. This headache has continued too long to be a classic migraine. High blood pressure can be the cause of am headaches and you might notice a pulsing sensation. It is important to seek the advice of a physician. ...Read more

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I have a strong headache since two days and I feel my head pulsing only on one side?

I have a strong headache since two days and I feel my head pulsing only on one side?

Possibly migraine: It sounds like a migraine headache, but if you never had such before you should get it evaluated! ...Read more

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Why do I get headaches every so often for a few hours my head hurts and feels like it's pulsing on the side? The pain is very localized and intense.

Why do I get headaches every so often for a few hours my head hurts and feels like it's pulsing on the side? The pain is very localized and intense.

Migraine headaches: Migraines are vascular type headaches characterized by localized throbbing , often associated with nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some people have an 'aura' which warns of onset (such as visual disturbance, dizziness, strange skin sensations, etc.). These are painful experiences and tend to be recurrent, but are manageable my lifestyle modification and medications. ...Read more

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Headaches only on the front part of my head. I feel as if there is pulsing too . Could it be a migraine and never had them before.

Headaches only on the front part of my head. I feel as if there is pulsing too . Could it be a migraine and never had them before.

Frontal Migraine: Its likely you are experiencing a migraine of the supraorbital nerve. This can come from compression of the nerve caused by tense muscles above the eye. This can occur when furrowing the brow for long periods of time, working out in the sun, stressful situations and other causes. For more answers check out;

www.Themigrainereliefcenter.Com. ...Read more

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I have had a headache for 4 days now across my forehead. More accross the center and left side. Its a pulsing throbbing pain. Please help?

I have had a headache for 4 days now across my forehead. More accross the center and left side. Its a pulsing throbbing pain. Please help?

Stress?: Stress is a very common factor. Have you tried any meds like ibuprofen?
These will may times help. if you are having fever with this you need to seek medical care immediately. If you are experiencing any neuro deficit or unusual symptoms then you need to see someone as well. Have you started any new meds such as BCP?
See your doc for the best answer. ...Read more

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Last couple days my cheeks hve been getting red nd hot and i can feel my pulse in them. All day today i've had a pulsing headache when moving. Normal?

Midface Migraine: Episodic midface migraine. Although migraine is usually considered a headache, it can also present as pain in the face, jaw and/or the maxillary sinus which often confuses the diagnosis. The patient may experience throbbing pain, muscle cramping, and/or maxillary sinus pain. Patients may even present with secondary autonomic symptoms such as nasal stuffiness. Can last from 4 to 72 hours. ...Read more

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I have been having really bad headaches the past 5 day and they're all day everyday and I can feel my head pulsing and even in my teeth.

I have been having really bad headaches the past 5 day and they're all day everyday and I can feel my head pulsing and even in my teeth.

Headaches: You need to see a physician and be evaluated. There are many causes and we cannot diagnose the cause or help you over the internet. Please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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I get these pulsing headaches that start from the base of my skull and reach my forehead. When I wear a neck collar they seem to get better. Why?

I get these pulsing headaches that start from the base of my skull and reach my forehead. When I wear a neck collar they seem to get better. Why?

It may be...: Muscle related, as the soft collar may take some of the tension off of your neck muscles. It's unlikely vascular as these type of very concerning headaches shouldn't necessarily improve with a neck collar. If the headaches persist, progress in pain, you develop nausea or vomiting or neurologic issues like vision changes, weakness or sensory changes then seek help urgently. ...Read more

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Isn't it unusual to to get pulsing headaches and sleepiness during the day while using a cpap?

Isn't it unusual to to get pulsing headaches and sleepiness during the day while using a cpap?

OSA: No. If you are still sleepy despite using CPAP then see your sleep physician for either an adjustment to your settings, a repeat titration, or further testing. Headaches with CPAP can occur and may be related to sinus issues or even tightness of the headstraps. Try adjusting the straps or get a new mask. Sometimes a switch to oral appliance therapy can help as long as you don't have TMJ disorder. ...Read more

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Can pulsed "whooshing" in ears, pulsing blind spots around periphery, chronic severe headaches mostly on right side&fatigue all be chronic dehydration?

Can pulsed "whooshing" in ears, pulsing blind spots around periphery, chronic severe headaches mostly on right side&fatigue all be chronic dehydration?

Primary headache : It sounds as if primary headaches are the underlying problem in this case, most likely migraine, given your age and gender, but other diagnoses must be ruled out with examination and further testing. Migraine can be exacerbated by dehydration, as well as many other triggers. The whooshing sound could be elevated blood pressure, sometimes from pseudo ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) or temporal arterial inflammation. ...Read more

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Can stress cause temple arteries to bulge and pulsate ? Mine don't hurt when i touch them but i sometimes get very slight headaches. Im anxious too.

Can stress cause temple arteries to bulge and pulsate ? Mine don't hurt when i touch them but i sometimes get very slight headaches. Im anxious too.

Anger, maybe: In some people, temporal arteries may bulge when they're angry. There is also a condition called temporal arteritis which has little to do with stress, but everything to do with autoimmune response. It's usually found in people much older than 18. If concerned about yourself, please see your own physician for discussion and exam. Help for stress ; anger is available too, with psychologists. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have headaches at forehead left/right nerves (lil bit above eye brows) and they seem to pulsate with heartbeats? How to stop them?

Sometimes I have headaches at forehead left/right nerves (lil bit above eye brows) and they seem to pulsate with heartbeats? How to stop them?

See doctor: These sound like migraine variants. First get evaluated to rule out inflammatory vasculitis, then you can start preventative treatment with medications( topiramate) and ablation Meds (triptans, NSAIDS) ...Read more

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I can feel a bulging vein or artery on my temples and when i feel them they pulsate. Not that visible unless i stretch my skin. Slight headaches.

I can feel a bulging vein or artery on my temples and when i feel them they pulsate. Not that visible unless i stretch my skin. Slight headaches.

Normal finding: The temporal arteries and temporal veins lie immediately adjacent to each other. During exercise or increased activity, the arteries will pulsate because of increased heart rate and flow of blood. What you are seeing is the arterial pulsation. It looks like the vein pulsating because the vein sits over the artery and can move with the artery. ...Read more

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Why do I get throbbing headaches ?

Why do I get throbbing headaches ?

Might be migraine: The classical description of migraine headache is a throbbing debilitating pain what is worse on one side and associated with nausea and light sensitivity. They can be triggered by stress, sleep, deprivation, or certain foods. If the headache is persistent, a neurologist can help you explore treatment options not only to stop individual headaches, but also to prevent new ones from starting. ...Read more

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I've got a throbbing headache, what do I do ?

I've got a throbbing headache, what do I do ?

See a neurologist: Likely migraines. Neurologist can diagnose and treat successfully in most cases. ...Read more

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What should I do to address my throbbing headaches?

What should I do to address my throbbing headaches?

Cause of headache: Many possibilities. Help for you depends on what is causing the headaches. Please give much more information so we can help you. ...Read more

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Sometimes when i stand up i get a throbbing headache. Normal?

Sometimes when i stand up i get a throbbing headache. Normal?

Normal=Common: No: While not normal, it is behavior, not optimal, not extremely rare, yet not necessarily serious, at least in the short term, also clearly not healthy. Symptoms c/w vascular/migraine ha, especially if pulse in sync with the ha throb. There are several ways to improve, though would avoid most meds, a few might help a little. Best seek: mechanism of ha, address your internal controls & excellent help. ...Read more

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What is the cause of throbbing headache which i always have ?

What is the cause of throbbing headache which i always have ?

Many: Headaches could be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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What should I do about my throbbing headaches I get during work?

Throbbing Hedaches: First of all i will recommend you cosult your doctor, who will take a detailed history, triggers of your headaches and if needed will do further tests and make a diagnosis.The coomonest cause of throbbing headache is migraine, but it can be tension headache&other causes.So you need to know the diagnosis.You can be prescribed meds to relieve acte attack like imitrx and meds to prevent, triggers, meds. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a throbbing headache after stretching?

What does it mean if I have a throbbing headache after stretching?

Tension Headche: Unless a trauma involve, a headache after stretching is usually a tension headache. It should improved after rest and should not persist. ...Read more

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Lately every time I stand up I get a throbbing headache. Is this normal?

Lately every time I stand up I get a throbbing headache. Is this normal?

Throbbing headaches: Of course it is not normal. have your primary care physician do orthostatic blood pressure measurement. Physical exam focused on carotid ascultation and nervous system will be helpful. Further a carotid doppler or CT Angiography of the head and neck possible might answer some questions. ...Read more

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I am having throbbing headaches. What are some things I can do to lessen the pain?

I am having throbbing headaches. What are some things I can do to lessen the pain?

Headache: If they are new and the worst you've ever experienced get it evaluated now. Don't you have a doctor you can see? ...Read more

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Feeling weird after throbbing headache? Meds helped headache..Now i just feel kinda malaise and a little headachy

Migraine?: A migraine headache usually is a one-sided, severe, headache with associated nausea, vision changes, and incapacity. They usually start in the late teens or 20s. It doesn't sound like you have true migraine quite yet, however, the feeling weird with malaise could count toward the incapacity, and the throbbing continued headache could count toward the severity. Keep a headache diary to report later. ...Read more