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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
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
Had mastoiditis bout a year ago now my throat ear on right side hurt bad with headache could this b from this?
Mastoiditis? -Hard big unmovable lump on mastoid -not a puss/acne. -no pain unless I touch -no fever, headache -no noticeable discoloration/change
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Headaches can be due to many causes
1excessive use of analgesics
2post head injury (concussion)
3cranial neuralgias due to inflammation of 12 nerves which supply motor;sensation to head;neck
5high blood pressure
8 other rare conditions
see doctor to find out ...Read more
How do you test the function of a pituitary gland? Can a flattening one cause my weight gain and chronic headaches?
Chronic headaches for past year. Recently joint/widespread (inc non cardiac chest) pain. Could be linked? What could cause?
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
20 yr old son has chronic headaches, ear swooshing, neck pain, vertigo & facial numbness near nose. Gp advised MRI showed nothing wrong. What is cause?
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
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
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
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
I have chronic headache, doctor refuses tests cause anxiety history. Could it be neuro cystic erosis, brain tumor, aneurysm, MS? I'm dying right?
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
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