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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped.  Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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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What causes a sudden headache in the middle of the night? Have had a severe headache in the back of my head since 1am w/ no relief.

What causes a sudden headache in the middle of the night? Have had a severe headache in the back of my head since 1am w/ no relief.

Several causes: Several causes are possible. Hypnic headache as well as migraines may wake you up in the middle of the night as well as other headache disorder. You should be your doctor. ...Read more

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Friend had a sudden very severe headache in the back of his head--er tests indicate not tumor or aneurysm . Any other ideas re. Possible cause?

Friend had a sudden very severe headache in the back of his head--er tests indicate not tumor or aneurysm . Any other ideas re. Possible cause?

Occipital headaches: Headaches localized to the back of the head or the "occipital region" can be varied and numerous. Possibilities include occipital neuralgia/neuritis, migraine headache, basilar migraine, cervical radiculopathy, and subarachnoid hemorrhages. And there are more. The best advice i can give is that your friend needs to see a physician interested in headache work ups and that a diary should be kept. ...Read more

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Woke up at 1am w/ a severe headache in the back of my head through my neck. Had toradol &zofran at drs office today but no relief. What else can I do?

Woke up at 1am w/ a severe headache in the back of my head through my neck. Had toradol &zofran at drs office today but no relief. What else can I do?

Let the doc know: You need to let your doctor know. If it is quite unusual for you to have a headache like this then you should go to the er. If it is a typical migraine but won't stop then let your doctor know. I'd call him or her. ...Read more

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I have snowy/grainy(not blurry)vision right after I masturbated along with a severe headache on the back of my head.Will it go away? It's been 2 days

I have snowy/grainy(not blurry)vision right after I masturbated along with a severe headache on the back of my head.Will it go away? It's been 2 days

Might need eval: you might want to try some caffeine and acetominophen to see if it takes the edge off your headache. This could be a migraine, but it could be something more serious. Probably time to schedule an appointment with your physician. If you don't feel comfortable stating you masturbated to your doctor, just say it was after exercise. ...Read more

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I get blurred vision and then severe headache at the back of my head and then vomiting.

I get blurred vision and then severe headache at the back of my head and then vomiting.

Ocular migraines: You need to be examined by a neurologist for the correct diagnosis and to make certain there is not some other problem, but your symptoms seem like a migraine headache variant which correlates with your complaints ...Read more

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I have severe headaches in the back of ny head ans severe eye aches. I had tos surgery in june 2012, i need tos on my left arm as well. ?

I have severe headaches in the back of ny head ans severe eye aches. I had tos surgery in june 2012, i  need tos on my left arm as well. ?

See below: Tos does indeed trigger headaches, and may even cause migraine events. Since you still need corrective intervention on your left arm, the added trigger on that side contributes to your events. However, many of the standard migraine interventional preventatives do seem to work in most tos pts, and some organic approaches include butterbur, feverfew, riboflavin, co q-10, magnesium. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache in the right back of my head, some nausea, i feel like my ears are blocked and also some shortens of breath..Wctb?

Migraine: You probably have a migraine. This is usually a severe headache, throbbing, one sides, with nausea, light or noise sensitivity, aggravated by movement and resolved with testing. Could be triggered by poor sleep, stress, certain foods or drinks. Sometimes, a transient neuronal dysfunction can occur in a visual, auditory or sensory form. Check with your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I haven never been one to get headaches, but for the past 5 days I have had severe headaches starting at the back of my head. Any thought as to why?

I haven never been one to get headaches, but for the past 5 days I have had severe headaches starting at the back of my head. Any thought as to why?

Need evaluation: There can be a variety of causes. New and especially persistent headaches requires an examination and further management. Please see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Having severe headache, mainly on the left back of the head. Been having these for about 2 days. Havent taken anything.

Having severe headache, mainly on the left back of the head. Been having these for about 2 days. Havent taken anything.

First time?: Is this a first time situation do you have headaches either more regularly or occasionally & are there any other symptoms with these such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, aromas? Need more information on your overall medical condition & other medications you're taking to make a good suggestion. Write me @: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR for 1-1 for virtual appt. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache in back of head. What can help?

Sudden severe headache in back of head. What can help?

Severe headache: A headache is a symptom, caused by some underlying condition. Sudden, severe headaches require attention and probable deserve imaging such at cat scans or mris. The best medical consideration is to seek personalized medical advise in a visit to your doctor, where age, family history and a good physical can be obtained. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache in back of head. Need new pillow?

Sudden severe headache in back of head. Need new pillow?

May be migraine: This kind of headache may be due to pressure on the posterior or crvical branches. Botox injection have been used with some success. Surgical release may be needed. ...Read more

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I have severe headaches, back of head, lower right side. Sometimes after too much alcohol, sometimes no trigger? The pain can last for days. Help.

I have severe headaches, back of head, lower right side.  Sometimes after too much alcohol, sometimes no trigger?  The pain can last for days.  Help.

Needs investigation : You need to check with your pcp, who should check your medical history, family history and any risk factors. You will possibly need ct or MRI brain to rule out any organic pathology. You also may have some withdrawal headache from the alcohol, or tension headache. It's important to know what alleviates the headache and what makes it worse as well. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Severe headache at the right side of the back of the head. Onset with alcoholic drinks. Lasting for 2wks. Clear mri. Cluster hdache or occptl neurgla?

Severe headache at the right side of the back of the head. Onset with alcoholic drinks. Lasting for 2wks. Clear mri. Cluster hdache or occptl neurgla?

Hard to tell: Migraines are usually one-sided, pounding, severe headaches that last up to 3 days and have associated nausea, incapacity, and vision change. Alcohol can be a trigger. I'm glad your MRI is clear, because that rules out tumor. These could be either cluster or occipital neuralgia. The next step might be to get an injection to block that right occipital nerve and possible physical therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Headache (Worst Ever) (Definition)

Severe headache is a symptom in which a person has great pain in his head. Severe headache is usually an emergency. Causes include meningitis, bleeding in the brain, trauma, brain tumors, etc. ...Read more