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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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Headaches that started with a concussion 2 years ago. They can be relieved with Aleve (naproxen) but never seem to really go away.

Headaches that started with a concussion 2 years ago.  They can be relieved with Aleve (naproxen) but never seem to really go away.

Possible neck source: Many times the ha could be cericogenic in nature after concussion , which means coming from the neck , the best treatmnet will include nerve block to the neck are, i recommend a visit to pain dr ...Read more

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I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. what symptoms may occur and should i see a dr?

I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. what symptoms may occur and should i see a dr?

Get Help ASAP!: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe up to 4,000 mg a day. NSAIDs: 16 aleve pills and 10 advils maybe enough to make a hole in the stomach and it can seriously damage your liver. Bleeding to death internally is very painful. Get help ASAP! ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if i have a few beers in me?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if i have a few beers in me?

Together can get ulc: Together the alcohol and the advil or aleve (naproxen) can lead to increased gastric irritation including gastritis and ulcers. These can be integrated into you general helath issues with your physician. ...Read more

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Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Headache and nausea: Your symptoms are likely only due to the alcohol. The concussion 6 weeks ago should not be an issue if you were feeling well up until the time you got drunk. Still, alcohol and extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a good mix. Two pills of the Tylenol (acetaminophen), however, would not be a problem, even with the alcohol. ...Read more

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My 11-yo son has been getting bad headaches in temples last three nights. He had minor concussion a few months ago - not sure if related. Could just be a migraine - have been alternating ibuprofen/tylenol, minor relief. What else should we do?

My 11-yo son has been getting bad headaches in temples last three nights. He had minor concussion a few months ago - not sure if related. Could just be a migraine - have been alternating ibuprofen/tylenol, minor relief. What else should we do?

Probably unrelated: A concussion can cause headaches and/or lower the threshold for a headaches shortly after the concussion (within a couple of weeks). However, it's hard to connect these headaches now with a concussion months ago. Think about other causes of headaches- stress, low blood sugar, eye fatigue/poor vision, infections, dehydration, etc. Of course, see your pediatrician if not improving. ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if i have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if i had a headache after a night of drinking?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if i have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if i had a headache after a night of drinking?

Hanover headache: Tylenol (acetaminophen) for hangover headaches doesn't do much, according to my patients. Aleve liquid caplets seem to help the best. 1-2 tabs can last 12-24 hours. Or you can also try exceedrin migraine, which has some caffeine (small amount), Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin. My patients have also had good results with this. ...Read more

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I want to cleanse from the pain killers (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) & aleve) I've been taking for cronic headaches. How long before its all out of my system?

Chronic NSAID's+Tyl: These medications won't be detectible in your system within a few days after last use. Multiple problems are associated with long term use of these medications & some can persist even after complete cessation. Chances are you have not exhausted your body's reserve in handling these medications. Don't be surprised if your gerd (profile) & headaches improve after you stop these. ...Read more

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Ian taking 10mg of lexapro,lately I have been experiencing a stiff neck and headaches, I read you cannot take aleve or Advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help?

Ian taking 10mg of lexapro,lately I have been experiencing a stiff neck and headaches, I read you cannot take aleve or Advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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My brother plays football, and complained about a headache all day. The pain did not go away even though we gave him Aleve (naproxen). Is it a concussion?

My brother plays football, and  complained about a headache all day. The pain did not go away even though we gave him Aleve (naproxen). Is it a concussion?

Concussion?: Did your brother get hit in the head? It's kind of hard to have a concussion without being hit in the head. A headache by itself is a headache, not a concussion. What you should NOT expect from HealthTap is an answer to your question, "Is it a concussion?" There is no substitute (including HealthTap) for a hands-on assessment in a doctor's office. Please reread the HealthTap disclaimer. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

Concussion is an injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more


Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more