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Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

Does mastoiditis cause chronic headaches?

Difficult question: True mastoiditis - a purulent infection of the mastoid bone - is ridiculously rare in this day. In my 22 years of practice I have never seen it. I have, however, had patients referred to me with pain around their ears who were told they had mastoiditis who had something else such as jaw spasm. Sometimes patients have a ct or MRI with benign swelling misdiagnosed as mastoiditis. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Joshua Gottschall
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Mastoiditis (Definition)

An infection that affects the mastoid bone, ...Read more


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Mastoiditis in the past don't think I have it now but I get pains in that area, mild headaches, random pains around ears. No fever. Could it be my neck?

Mastoiditis in the past don't think I have it now but I get pains in that area, mild headaches, random pains around ears. No fever. Could it be my neck?

Yes: Bone spurs or a bulging disk in the neck can impinge nerve root or nerves causing pain radiating to the back of the skull. Motions of your neck or certain head positions can precipitate symptoms. Your physician or a neurologist can evaluate and advise you. Appropriate tests can be ordered depending upon the evaluation. ...Read more

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Had mastoiditis bout a year ago now my throat ear on right side hurt bad with headache could this b from this?

Had mastoiditis bout a year ago now my throat ear on right side hurt bad with headache could this b from this?

Mastoiditis: Yes. I would return to the ear nose and throat surgeon who treated you previously for an evaluation. You may need updated imaging of the mastoid air cells to exclude a recurrence. ...Read more

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Mastoiditis? -Hard big unmovable lump on mastoid -not a puss/acne. -no pain unless I touch -no fever, headache -no noticeable discoloration/change

Mastoiditis? -Hard big unmovable lump on mastoid -not a puss/acne. -no pain unless I touch -no fever, headache -no noticeable discoloration/change

Doubt it: With true mastoiditis you should be sick, febrile, with swelling and discoloration. The mastoid is a projection from your skull that anchors various neck and face muscles. The site may have just added some bony mass over time. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ acute mastoiditis. No ear pain, swelling, redness, fever. Horrible headache. 10 days on antibiotic. 1 week after finishing headache back?

Diagnosed w/ acute mastoiditis. No ear pain, swelling, redness, fever. Horrible headache. 10 days on antibiotic. 1 week after finishing headache back?

Mastoiditis: Recommend you see an otolaryngologist (ENT) for detailed exam which will likely include hearing testing and ct of temporal bone if one has not been performed already. ...Read more

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CT Scan, MRI (extensive left mastoiditis) ears ok. Headache w/ darkness (corner of eyes). Bacterial infection in June. ENT on Fri. Allergy/recovery?

CT Scan, MRI (extensive left mastoiditis) ears ok. Headache w/ darkness (corner of eyes). Bacterial infection in June. ENT on Fri. Allergy/recovery?

Head ache: "Mastoiditis" is over read on MRI by radiologist. If CT is ok with no bone erosion or complete Opacification then easily treated with meds. It may be unrelated to your HA. If you have no nasal or sinus congestion or middle ear fluid then you don't have clinically significant mastoiditis. You've been on abc and antihistamine already. You will at least get a good head $ neck exam from ENT. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can be the cause of chronic headaches?

Please tell me what can be the cause of chronic headaches?

Headaches: A herniated disc in the neck can cause muscles to spasm and lead to tension migraines. There may be difficulty turning the neck, radiating shoulder or arm pain, and the headaches worsen as the day progresses. Imaging of the brain and cervical spine is a good starting point to eliminate the headaches. See a headache specialist too. ...Read more

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Can a chronic anxious state that lasts several months lead you into physical pain that has no apparent medical cause? Like chronic headaches etc.

Can a chronic anxious state that lasts several months lead you into physical pain that has no apparent medical cause? Like chronic headaches etc.

Yes, it can: Anxiety takes a toll on our bodies. Holding in anxiety effects our bodies like steam in a pressure cooker without a safety valve would have on the pot. Sooner or later, the pressure cooker would explode. By talking about stressors and finding solutions, Psychotherapy helps develop a safety valve and protects our bodies from the stress. Consider a HealthTap Concierge consult with a psychologist. ...Read more

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Can chronic headaches be caused by sinus problems?

Can chronic headaches be caused by sinus problems?

Yes: Chronic sinusitis is not usually associated with pain, but sinonasal congestion or polyps are usually associated with mid-facial or frontal headaches. ...Read more

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I suffer from chronic headaches, and I've heard that low magnesium levels might be the cause, is this true? If so what supplement should I try taking?

I suffer from chronic headaches, and I've heard that low magnesium levels might be the cause, is this true? If so what supplement should I try taking?

VARIETY: Many choices exist. If your magnesium is low you could supplement and perhaps control your headaches if indeed they are migraines. Better headache prevention may be found with riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew, or co-q-10. ...Read more

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I have chronic headaches/migranes and was wondering, how long after stopping OTC meds would I be able to rule out rebound headache as a cause?

I have chronic headaches/migranes and was wondering, how long after stopping OTC meds would I be able to rule out rebound headache as a cause?

A couple of cycles: Depends on your medicine's half life, or how long it is in your body. When you take a medicine, it's levels in your blood begins to rise than falls. Half life is how long it takes to be 1/2 of cincentration. Drug that last 24h takes 4 x that to reach steady stat where amount taken is amount eliminated (5th day). So, thereafter you would feel effects of being off medicine. ...Read more

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I find that I'm clenching my jaw while driving. I have a history of chronic headaches. How can I eliminate this as a potential cause of my headaches?

I find that I'm clenching my jaw while driving. I have a history of chronic headaches. How can I eliminate this as a potential cause of my headaches?

Relaxation: Tooth clenching is a common cause of headaches. Unfortunately if you are a tooth clencher it is hard to stop. Anything that you can do to reduce your level of tension will help a lot. Have you tried music while driving? I'm a big believer in exercise, good sleep, and even meditation for some people. Avoiding a lot of caffeine might help. Some people wear bite guards. ...Read more

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What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

What causes chronic headaches? I've had a negative brain MRI.

Many causes: Headaches can be due to many causes
primary headaches
1migraine
2tension headache
3cluster headaches
secondary headaches
1excessive use of analgesics
2post head injury (concussion)
3cranial neuralgias due to inflammation of 12 nerves which supply motor;sensation to head;neck
4brai tumors
5high blood pressure
6sinus problems
7pseudotumor cerebri
8 other rare conditions
see doctor to find out ...Read more

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What would cause everyday chronic headaches? I've had a neg brain MRI and ct.

What would cause everyday chronic headaches? I've had a neg brain MRI and ct.

Medication overuse: A chronic headache may be caused by the frequent and excessive use of medications to provide immediate relief of headache symptoms is termed medication overuse headache. ...Read more

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Chronic headaches for past year. Recently joint/widespread (inc non cardiac chest) pain. Could be linked? What could cause?

Chronic headaches for past year. Recently joint/widespread (inc non cardiac chest) pain. Could be linked? What could cause?

Dehydration/Tension: Usually dehydration and lack of sleep or stress or migraines are causes of regular headaches. It is unlikely the chest pain is related.
You need to see a Dr to investigate the cause of the headache and the chest pain ...Read more

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Does a negative brain CT and brain MRI rule out most serious causes of chronic headaches?

Does a negative brain CT and brain MRI rule out most serious causes of chronic headaches?

Yes, of course: When evaluating a patient's headache, it is imperative that the clinician first identify and exclude a secondary headache based on history and clinical examination and negative MRI. ...Read more

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Can a dysfunctional gallbladder cause constant dizziness or lightheadedness, chronic headaches (esp. Behind eyes and ears) and sensitivity to light?

Can a dysfunctional gallbladder cause constant dizziness or lightheadedness, chronic headaches (esp. Behind eyes and ears) and sensitivity to light?

Gallbladder: Biliary dyskinesia is the name for a dysfunctional gallbladder. It can be associate with vague, intermittent abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, often associated with meals. It rarely hospitalized patients. It is diagnosed by functional studies of the gallbladder. Often called a hida scan. It would not be associated with chronic headaches or dizziness unless you are becoming dehydrated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the cause of chronic headache?

MOH: Medication overuse headache which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more. It is a major cause of chronic daily headache affecting 1-2% of the general population. The good news it is a treatable condition. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the cause of chronic headache?

Can any doc tell me what's the cause of chronic headache?

MOH: A chronic headache usually caused by the frequent and excessive use of medications to provide immediate relief of headache symptoms is termed medication overuse headache. Moh, which results from the repetitive and chronic use of headache abortive medications for three months or more, is a major cause of chronic headache affecting 1-2% of the general population. ...Read more

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Herbs, vitamins, &/or minerals for Daily Chronic Headache? Causes me severe mental disabling. I have to move out soon, and I can't care for my child.

Herbs, vitamins, &/or minerals for Daily Chronic Headache? Causes me severe mental disabling. I have to move out soon, and I can't care for my child.

See your doctor: Chronic headaches need to be addressed. Start with a good history and physical to narrow down the best way to treat your unique headaches ...Read more

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Chronic headache in back of head near neck. Sometimes causes vomiting. Alcohol makes it worse.

Chronic headache in back of head near neck. Sometimes causes vomiting. Alcohol makes it worse.

Cervicogenic HA: Is a very common headache secondary to neck involvement. Cervicogenic headache is a unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache, dizziness, vomiting, blurred vision, etc. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have chronic headache, doctor refuses tests cause anxiety history. Could it be neuro cystic erosis, brain tumor, aneurysm, MS? I'm dying right?

I have chronic headache, doctor refuses tests cause anxiety history. Could it be neuro cystic erosis, brain tumor, aneurysm, MS? I'm dying right?

See neurologist: I find it difficult to believe that your doctor would refuse testing you simply because of anxiety. I think you should consult a neurologist who is interested in managing chronic headaches whether testing will be needed or not. ...Read more

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How do you treat chronic headaches?

How do you treat chronic headaches?

Depends: First you have to figure out the cause of the chronic headaches, then treat accordingly. ...Read more

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Do you know why chronic headaches occur?

Triggers: Headaches are always triggered by some issue, such as glutamate sensitivity, in migraine, or jaw, dental, or sinus issues causing tension headaches. A pattern may get established by usage of daily tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. Get this evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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How should I deal with chronic headaches?

How should I deal with chronic headaches?

Chronic daily HA?: Is it chronic daily headache or transformed migraine? If your ha > 15 days/month and is not related to structural/systemic illness the diagnostic is a challenge.
See headache specialist for:
1. Exclude secondary headache.
2. Diagnose the specific chronic headache.
3. Identify medical or psychiatric comorbidity.
4. Rebound headache (medication overuse). ...Read more