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I have been lightheaded, weak and dizzy for about a week now. I get a pain in my head when I cough or sneeze. I can b standing up or sitting down?

I have been lightheaded, weak and dizzy for about a week now. I get a pain in my head when I cough or sneeze. I can b standing up or sitting down?

Cough headache: The benign cough headache or benign exertional headache is experienced as a sharp pain for a short duration upon exertion.
Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment.
It is uncommon type of headache. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

I quit smoking cigarettes 6 months ago and like 6 weeks ago I started smoking cigars now for the last 2 weeks I have had a sharp pain in my head only when I cough it doesn't always happen but at least 80% any ideas?

Stop smoking: Congratulations on stopping smoking cigarettes. Unfortunately, smoking cigars has the same hazards as smoking cigarettes- see http://www. Quitsmokingsupport. Com/cigars. Htm. I strongly urge you to stop smoking cigars. The pain in your head when you cough suggests inflammation. If you don't cough you won't have pain & stopping smoking should reduce coughing, if the cough & pain persists see a doctor. ...Read more

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I get a pain in the front of my head when I cough what is this?

I get a pain in the front of my head when I cough what is this?

Several...: ...Possibilities:

-migraine
-sinusitis
-tension headache

if this persists, you'll need your doctor to sort this out. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain on the top off my head when I cough, what could this be?

I get a sharp pain on the top off my head when I cough, what could this be?

Coughing: Can cause the head to hurt, especially if one has been coughing for days. If this persists, you must see a doctor to treat your cough and to make sure there is nothing more serious going on. ...Read more

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Hello, I have this slight pain in my head when I bend over or cough. It is only on the left side of my head. Not super painful, just annoying. Ideas?

Hello, I have this slight pain in my head when I bend over or cough. It is only on the left side of my head. Not super painful, just annoying. Ideas?

Sinusitis: If you just have a cold then you need to let the viral infection run its course. Usually pain on one side of the face is a sign of either bacterial sinusitis or less often something physically blocking sinus drainage like a polyp. If not treated long enough and with the right antibiotic sinusitis will become drug resistant and go on indefinitely. 14 days of cefuroxime or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) usually works. ...Read more

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I have head pain on my right side of head when I cough?

I have head pain on my right side of head when I cough?

Cough headaches: Are well known. Most of them are harmless. The actual cause is not well-established but may relate to pressure exerted in and around blood vessels in the area of the pain/scalp muscles. They usually spontaneously improve over time. Cough headaches which are longer lasting or associated with unsteadiness or dizziness could be related to a defect in the cerebellum and need prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I get really bad pain in the back left side of my head when I cough which leads to a headache in the front of my head for a few hours 6 weeks now?

Hi I get really bad pain in the back left side of my head when I cough which leads to a headache in the front of my head for a few hours 6 weeks now?

Occipital neuralgia?: This may be occipital neuralgia. If you have had it for six weeks straight, it may be worth visiting your doc. They can recommend someone to inject the nerve to see if the headache is coming from there. If it is there are some options, if not well then you would continue down the diagnostic pathway. ...Read more

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I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

I have a headache on one side of my head its is minor pain until I cough then the pain is sharp, but im not sick?

Sinus infection?: Sinuses can cause a mild head pain that is sharpened w/ the extreme air pressure change from a jolt like a cough. Try OTC sinus relief or see a GP or ENT f it's severe or chronic. Best! ...Read more

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I have had bad headache all day. Why would by head hurt when I cough?

I have had bad headache all day. Why would by head hurt when I cough?

Head hurt & cough: Think of when you went to a country fair as a child and there was a game where you slammed a big sledge hammer onto one end a small seesaw and the other end made a weight rise and hopefully made a bell ring. When you cough hard enough you start a pressure wave of spinal fluid up your spinal column up to your brain (the bell) and you feel the headache. So sorry! ...Read more

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My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

Need to see doctor: Cough headaches are usually a benign condition however sometimes they can be a sign of other problems inside your brain. You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Headache in back of head on left side when I cough. Could it be aneurysm?

Symptoms of aneurysm: It is doubtful that your symptoms are related to an aneurysm. Aneurysm generally do not cause any pain or symptoms. It is more likely related to a cervical spine issue or a pinched nerve than an aneurysm. ...Read more

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Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Comments: Would suggest you likely have either an upper respiratory tract infection or asthma, and this could readily be controlled. The cough probably exacerbates the neck which triggers the headaches. All of this could readily be addressed by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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Cough for 6 weeks. Now have headache, 4+ days, more like pains in my head, worse when cough. For 6+ years sometimes had pain above l eye when pressed?

Cough for 6 weeks. Now have headache, 4+ days, more like pains in my head, worse when cough. For 6+ years sometimes had pain above l eye when pressed?

Cough: See your doctor for the cough and makes sure you don't have pneumonia or cough asthma.For the headaches steam, saline sprays, OTC decongestants (dont take them late at night) and ibuprofen will help. For that long term above the eye pain you should get a ct scan sinuses to check for chronic sinusitis ...Read more

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What to do if I have headache for a week whenever I cough or shake my head I feel discomfort in the area I try to crack my neck to?

What to do if I have headache for a week whenever I cough or shake my head I feel discomfort in the area I try to crack my neck to?

See Osteopath: Headache, depending where it is, can be due to inflammation, cranial bone dysf (yes they DO move), neck/upper back tension/vertebral dysf causing cervicogenic headache, etc. Osteopathic drs. Are trained to treat both illnesses & musculoskeletal causes of pain. If you keep trying to crack your neck to relieve pain, it usually means the problem isn't really in your neck. Manipulation/meds may help. ...Read more

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I have a fever, stuffy nose/head, headache & cough. No insurance. Is it time I went to the doctor? (going on for 3 days now).

I have a fever, stuffy nose/head, headache & cough. No insurance. Is it time I went to the doctor? (going on for 3 days now).

Probably not: That sounds like a typical cold, treatable with over-the-counter medications, not something that requires a doctor. ...Read more

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Showed symptoms of a cold, had cough with phlegm, pressure in head. Now all I have is headache, weakness, and a mild cough slightly short of breath. Help?

Showed symptoms of a cold, had cough with phlegm, pressure in head. Now all I have is headache, weakness, and a mild cough slightly short of breath. Help?

Go see your doctor: Most colds are viral in nature. In other words, they won't respond to antibiotics. However, shortness of breath shouldn't be ignored. While this may be reactive airway disease (variant of asthma), you'll need to go see your doctor for diagnosis ; management (inhalers). Headache ; weakness (where?) can be a sign of not getting enough oxygen (or other condition). So don't delay. Go see your doc! ...Read more

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Righ side of head headache with tender eye brow no where else comes on same time each day take painkillers and it goes worse when I cough?

Righ side of head headache with tender eye brow no where else comes on same time each day take painkillers and it goes worse when I cough?

I'll bet sinus: There are sinus cavities in that area and all sinus cavities are related to coughing - so they may be sinus headaches. They also could be migraine or some other variety but try OTC relief. If it has no effect, see a Dr. We have great ones here. One is Dr. Dariush Saghafi.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Sinus and cough for 2 weeks, now when I cough headache right side of head and eye for 2 weeks now, hope its not a brain anyersum, im worried..

Sinus and cough for 2 weeks, now when I cough headache right side of head and eye for 2 weeks now, hope its not a brain anyersum, im worried..

Unlikely: The best explanation is that the cold developed into a sinus infection involving the ethmoid, frontal, and sphenoid sinuses. Not uncommon for cold to progress into infection about 2 wks after onset. With sinusitis usually have nasal congestion and discolored drainage. Suggest evaluation and antibiotics if infection confirmed. ...Read more

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Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

See below: You may have an irritated disc or joint in your neck. Coughing and sneezing increases the pressure in the discs of your neck which may suggest this is coming from your disc more than the joints or muscles. Neck pain can cause muscle spasms that refer pain to the back of the head often causing headaches. See your physician if symptoms don't improve within 1 week. ...Read more

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Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

? Sinusitis: Kindly see your doctor to rule out sinus problems, infection or chronic inflammation, s/he may refer you to an ENT or an allergist given that you have chronic cough as well, best wishes ...Read more