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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

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)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...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.

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?

Depends: First off, er typically will do head ct with or without lumbar puncture. We call sudden onset of a severe headache a 'thunderclap headache'. Er docs want to rule out aneurismal bleeding because this can be immediately life threatening;however, there are other causes. I'd recommend that your friend see a neurologist for further work up. ...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 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. ?

Headaches: The causes of headache are many some serious some simple such as stress and eye straini think you should have eye exam. You also need to see physician as to source of headaches. I know of no relationship to thoracic outlet syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Severe Headache (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, ...Read more