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If I lay down longer than 8-9 hours (asleep or awake) I develop a severe headache. Worst when lying down or bending over at the waist. Whole head hurts, but feels worse at back bottom of skull. Advice?

If I lay down longer than 8-9 hours (asleep or awake) I develop a severe headache. Worst when lying down or bending over at the waist. Whole head hurts, but feels worse at back bottom of skull. Advice?

Positional headache: Postural headache is usually associated with low intracranial pressure. Headaches with a postural component need to be evaluated to exclude a lesion in the posterior fossa or a condition with low CSF pressure.
Rec.: see headache specialist for further investigation. ...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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20 years old. Chest pain, especially when lying down. Pale, sweaty, lightheaded. Severe headache. Rapid heart rate that jumps around.?

20 years old. Chest pain, especially when lying down. Pale, sweaty, lightheaded. Severe headache. Rapid heart rate that jumps around.?

Scary: All symptoms point to a the fact that you are having some type of tachy-arrhythmia (fast abnormal heat rhythm). Given what you're describing, your body is not tolerating it very well so I suggest a trip to the closest ER or Urgent care center and would have another person drive or call 911. ...Read more

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When I get up or sit down, I get a severe headache and I feel disoriented. What could it be?

Many things: Such as blood pressure change, a blocked artery, problem in the brain or a metabolic problem. You should get checked. ...Read more

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I'm 28 years make. I'm experiencing severe headache in left side, whenever I'm bending down. What are the possible symptoms & remedies.

I'm 28 years make. I'm experiencing severe headache in left side, whenever I'm bending down. What are the possible symptoms & remedies.

Positional headache: May be due to sinus disease, HTN, colloid cyst of the 3rd ventrical and CNS tumors as well as pseudo tumor. Need more information to narrow this down. I'd have this looked into as the most benign of conditions (blocked sinuses) obviates some sort of intervention. ...Read more

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Everytime I bend my head down, I feel severe headache on one side of my head only?

Everytime I bend my head down, I feel severe headache on one side of my head only?

? sinus: Most likely sinus disease but consider vascular or other structural lesion. See a neurologist to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Recently every time I bend down or over I get a severe headache that will not go away. Not even with pain killers. They last for hours.

Recently every time I bend down or over I get a severe headache that will not go away. Not even with pain killers. They last for hours.

Increased pressure: See your doctor. There are a few common causes, including benign intracranial hypertension. Of course, increased intracranial pressure may not always be benign. You should also see and ophthalmologist (eye md) for examination of your optic discs which may swell with increased pressure in the head. You may get a ct and lumbar puncture with measure of the opening pressure. ...Read more

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5 days GRADUAL onset of vertigo, getting worse and worse. And now severe headache. Seems to be worse when I'm sat down or laid down. Possible DX?

5 days GRADUAL onset of vertigo, getting worse and worse. And now severe headache. Seems to be worse when I'm sat down or laid down. Possible DX?

Please seek care: Acute onset of vertigo and positional headaches require urgent evaluation to rule out bleed, meningitis, or cause of increased intracranial pressure. Please seek care. ...Read more

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Everyte I stand up after 15 minutes I get a severe headache the only way it goes is if I lay back down. What do I do? I also have neck pain.

Everyte I stand up after 15 minutes I get a severe headache the only way it goes is if I lay back down. What do I do? I also have neck pain.

Headache: As you are having pain in the neck also, it could be arising form the neck. Neck joints may need to be checked out for any arthritis or exaggerated curves curves causing strain on the muscles. Other causes of head also need be considered in the differential diagnosis like vascular headache, tension headache, headache related to intracranial lesions etc ...Read more

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I also have a heart rate of 124 when laid down and chest pain, lost a lot of weight And have a severe headache?

See your doctor: ASAP, please don't wait, or better go to ER, you need immediate medical attention, wish you wellness ...Read more

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M 20 y old. From 3 days I've rhinitis. Then after 2 days I have problem in ears and when I down the head I have severe headache what does I do?

M 20 y old. From 3 days I've rhinitis. Then after 2 days I have problem in ears and when I down the head I have severe headache what does I do?

You have: Viral infection that affect the upper air way and the ear. There is connection from the upper airway to the ear (eustachian tube) which is functionally closed but can be opened with heavy sneezing or pressure. Through this tube, viruses and bacterial can have access to the ear. What ever happened to the nose may happened to the ear.
You may need some decongestant of the nose and saline. ...Read more

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Have severe headache with stiff neck and back pain, shooting pain down my right leg. Is this something I should worry about?

Have severe headache with stiff neck and back pain, shooting pain down my right leg. Is this something I should worry about?

Possibly: You are describing a fairly broad range of symptoms which are likely unrelated. If any of your symptoms are debilitating or have persisted for more than several day, then you should see a physician for further evaluation/treatment. If you have had a fever associated with your headache and stiff neck, you should seek immediate medical attention to rule out meningitis. ...Read more

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On plane& when at high altitude had rt side severe headache w/half of my lips and teeth numb 2hr& when plane went down it went away. What could it be?

On plane& when at high altitude had rt side severe headache w/half of my lips and teeth numb 2hr& when plane went down it went away. What could it be?

Altitude Headache: Headache is the most common neurological symptom and complication, arising from ascent to altitudes greater than 3000 meters. Oxygen and OTC NSAIDs is a treatment of choice. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Left side of neck is so sore, can't move it, severe headache and sore throat. Neck and head throbb when I lay down. Can't sleep?

Left side of neck is so sore, can't move it, severe headache and sore throat. Neck and head throbb when I lay down. Can't sleep?

Sore throat: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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Severe cramping and vagina pain stabbing back pain. And severe headache and blood pressure going up and down. 33 weeks pregnant?

Severe cramping and vagina pain stabbing back pain. And severe headache and blood pressure going up and down. 33 weeks pregnant?

See Doctor now: If your OB can't be reached then you need to be seen in emergency department immediately. Pre-term labor and pre-eclampsia can threaten the pregnancy as well as your health. ...Read more

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Severe headache for 1week. Neck&back pain down spine &down back of legs And now abdominal muscle pain No fever 800mg ibuprofen only takes edge off pain?

Severe headache for 1week. Neck&back pain down spine &down back of legs And now abdominal muscle pain No fever 800mg ibuprofen only takes edge off pain?

Be seen: I would be seen immediately. Although there are multiple possibilities, you are describing symptoms of meningitis, which is potentially life threatening. Again, this is not to say you have meningitis, but you should be seen to rule this out. ...Read more

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My brother has been having severe headache every time he moves. Is this the result of dehydration?

Meningitis: Possibly. In the absence of trauma, I am also worried about meningitis. Please get him to the ER for an evaluation.

Good luck to you and your brother. ...Read more

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Severe headache due to chronic colds?

See below: Based on your description, it sounds as if you may have sinusitis as well. See your doctor for medication thst may help. ...Read more

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What can cause severe headache?

Headache: Severe refractory headaches referred as worst headache of my life, specially if abrupt onset, may suggest a very serious condition (brain hemorrhage). Migraine, the most common form of primary headache disorders can be severe. Other conditions can cause headaches. Sinusitis, and trauma for instance may also cause severe haedaches. For proper diagnosis and treatment I suggest medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I have severe headache from last week?

I have severe headache from last week?

1st. Or one of many: If it is 1st. Ever headache quickly see your doctor or go to er. If you have had headaches in the past but not as long lasting then it could be a prolonged migraine. In either case you need treatment so preferably see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have the most severe headache of my life?

I have the most severe headache of my life?

Is it different?: So sorry to hear : (. It's the most severe, but is it scaring you? If it's the most severe but otherwise it feels like "your headaches, " you might not need to go to the ED. But if it feels unlike your typical headaches, you'll need to be evaluated ASAP. ED's are bad places for migraine patients since they're loud and the lights are bright. Feel free to call me if you have questions. ...Read more

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I am having severe headache. What should I do?

I am having severe headache. What should I do?

Too Vague: Headaches may be benign or represent a serious condition. You should tell your doctor about the problem and pursue whatever is suggested. ...Read more

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What is the cause for nonstop severe headache?

What is the cause for nonstop severe headache?

TMTC: Tmtc = too many too count. Over a hundred possible causes of headache. Headache is a symptom, not a disease. Any disease can cause severe, persistent pain. Your question cannot be answered in 400 characters or less. See you physician or a neurologist. ...Read more

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Why I am feeling severe headache all the time?

Investigate!: You should see your doctor about this. There are many possibilities, most often treatable. ...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