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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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Hi , I am ramya. I am 24 years old. I have severe headache and left side of head is stabbing. My neck, shoulders pain as well.

Hi , I am ramya. I am 24 years old. I have severe headache and left side of head is stabbing. My neck, shoulders pain as well.

Cause of headache: The best way to tackle a headache is to figure out what's causing it in the first place - is it a migraine, from not eating breakfast this am, from skipping a dose of a medicine, from not getting enough sleep? There can be many reasons, and you can get the associated shoulder/neck pain. Make sure you check it out with your doctor and get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Ouch, have severe headache on left side of the head?

Ouch, have severe headache on left side of the head?

Hemicranial: Migraines are typically one-sided, and when they do occur, the pain can be rather intense. Cluster headaches are also focal mainly over the eye, and those may be "head-banging" events. All can be controlled and even prevented. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

I've had a severe headache on the left side of my head for 4 days. Pain in my left eye, numbness in my face. Otc meds do not help. Can't sleep.?

Severe headache: For a persistent severe headache, i would recommend that you call your primary doctor. Your symptoms may be related to a stroke... If you cannot get a timely appointment, then go to the er for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I hit my head a while back; now I am getting severe headaches on the left side of my head, i also feel tired offten. What might be haphappening?

I hit my head a while back; now I am getting  severe headaches on the left side of my head, i also feel tired offten. What might be haphappening?

Headache: Start with a thorough history and physical exam. You may need to have brain imaging but this will be the decision your treating physician will make. ...Read more

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I have a severe headache on right side of head, throbbing in the temple, and a red eye on the same side.

I have a severe headache on right side of head, throbbing in the temple, and a red eye on the same side.

Needs exam: How is your vision? if its blurry and your pupil is larger on the right side then you need to see an eye doc ASAP. Please feel you eye ball if it feels hard like a golf ball compare to your other eye then it means high eye pressure. You need immediate help to lower eye pressure. You need to consult doctor for your headache and red eye. ...Read more

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Severe headache on right side of head causing dizziness and right eye to close. CT scan is normal. At ER they gave me Morphine then my eye opened. ?

Severe headache on right side of head causing dizziness and right eye to close. CT scan is normal. At ER  they gave me Morphine then my eye opened. ?

Referral to Dr?: The ER doctor should have advised you to see your doctor for follow-up. That's what you need to do. Morphine alone won't correct the cause so it needs to be discovered and treated if possible. I'm glad your eye opened - now use it to find your way to a good doctor. Best! ...Read more

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