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Is it normal to have an headache when I wake up every morning?

Is it normal to have an headache when I wake up every morning?

No: Headaches on waking in the morning are more worrisome than headaches that have some sort of identifiable cause, like certain foods or activities. Especially concerning is a headache that wakes a person up from sleeping or one that improves from sitting up. This is something that you should have evaluated by a physician. ...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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I wake up every morning with a headache on the right side of my head. What causes this?

I wake up every morning with a headache on the right side of my head.  What causes this?

Migraine/muscle tens: frequent, short lived non progressive head pain is usually a migraine phenomenom, but such headaches can also occur due to neck problems or muscle spasms in the muscles of the scalp on the corresponding side. Brain tumors (masses) are unlikely if not constant, but should always be ruled out when the pain is on the same side constantly. If havent had MRI or CT, you should. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a headache, it's not a migraine but i can't put my finger on what it is?

I wake up every morning with a headache, it's not a migraine but i can't put my finger on what it is?

Headaches: It is not a bad idea to have your pcp take a look at you and get a good and thorough history to include all medications, supplements, and foods of choice to see if there are triggers, as well as determine if a additional tests are needed. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning extremely dehydrated with a headache. When I drink a lot b4 bed I go to the bathroom alot and it doesn't see to help anyway. ?

I wake up every morning extremely dehydrated with a headache. When I drink a lot b4 bed I go to the bathroom alot and it doesn't see to  help anyway. ?

AM dehydration: Seek medical attention by doctor /urgent care this week/weekend. Can be new onset diabetes or diabetes insipidus( where anitdiuretic hormone is deficient) or other central ( brain)mechanism or autoimmune process since you are having a headache. ...Read more

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I run cool mist humidifier and air purifier at night but i wake up every morning with a headache. Do you have any ideas why? Thank you

I run cool mist humidifier and air purifier at night but i wake up every morning with a headache. Do you have any ideas why? Thank you

As an allergist,: I cringe a little when I hear about humidifiers because they are ripe for biofilms (colonization by bacteria and fungi). If it helps you, please clean it thoroughly and regularly with bleach. Sensitivities to fungus can be a cause of chronic rhinitis and it may be your trigger. Other benign causes of morning headaches include snoring/sleep apnea, migraine, grinding teeth/TMJ pain, poor sleep etc ...Read more

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Why do I wake up every morning with a headache? I also have a shoulder injury and muscles and nerve in my neck is injured as well.

Why do I wake up every morning with a headache? I also have a shoulder injury and muscles and nerve in my neck is injured as well.

Myofascial headaches: In young people, there are rarely serious causes for headaches and myofascial pain (layers of muscle that are painful), is a common cause with a history of muscle and nerve injury in the neck. The good news is that the treatments are usually simple and effective. Whoever diagnosed you with the shoulder and nerve injuries probably offered you some treatment like physical therapy or medicines. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

I wake up every morning with a headache and a dry mouth but I have AC on and I drink water before I go to sleep?

Dry mouth\headache: This might be related to the medications you take or you might be sleeping with an open mouth from allergies or nasal congestion. You will have to discuss this with your own physician rather than have us make educated guesses over the internet. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with a really bad headache. I constantly have a pain in my right temple, right ear and teeth on the right side. Also numbness ?

I wake up every morning with a really bad headache. I constantly have a pain in my right temple, right ear and teeth on the right side. Also numbness ?

TMJ: Sounds like you could have a really bad case of teeth or tooth grinding if this is only on the right side. With the numbness my guess is some form of TMJ. See your local dentist or oral surgeon and what they say. Then, tell me! LOL. If you'd like to write me: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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Wake up every morning with a headache (centralized on my forehead). Its been ~1 month. Also noticed a knot on back of my neck. Often it lasts all day.

Wake up every morning with a headache (centralized on my forehead). Its been ~1 month. Also noticed a knot on back of my neck. Often it lasts all day.

Possibly sinus: Waking with a headache centered on the forehead could indicate a sinus issue. When asleep, you are laying flat, and the sinuses do not drain as well as they do when you are upright. I imagine the knot on the back of the neck is unrelated. See your doctor for confirmation. ...Read more

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Headache for 5 days throbbing pain & dizzy, saw doctor gave me nurfon plus but i still wake up every morning with it, feel it on top of my head &1side?

Headache for 5 days throbbing pain & dizzy, saw doctor gave me nurfon plus but i still wake up every morning with it, feel it on top of my head &1side?

Exam and history: Too vague a question without having a thorough history and an examination. Too many variables when attempting to determine the cause of a headache. The cause, severity and location of the headache are very important. Could be nighttime bruxism- grinding your teeth, which often causes morning headaches, could consider a tmj?Tmd specialist, after seeing your dr. Again. ...Read more