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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 to find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some 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 regard 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. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Slight chest pain, nausea, headache, severe weakness cold sweats, normal bp and pulse. Could this still be a heart attack?

Slight chest pain, nausea, headache, severe weakness cold sweats, normal bp and pulse. Could this still be a heart attack?

Chest pain - acute : Any chest discomfort in a patient over the age of fourty needs to be evaluated ASAP as symptoms of heart artery blockage are often atypical and vague. Take an aspirin and call 911 if severe or if not severe, have someone drive the patient to the nearest ER ASAP. In the case of heart attacks time is of the essence in reducing residual heart damage. Do not delay. Prevention Works! ...Read more

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I think I have had a heart attack because I woke up with terrible pain in my jaw and a bad headache also I felt as though I had something around my ne?

I think I have had a heart attack because I woke up with terrible pain in my jaw and a bad headache also I felt as though I had something around my ne?

Go to ER: Call for an ambulance and don't delay. Your health is in serious trouble.
It could be something else (toothache) but if you are concerned about a heart attack best to get it ruled out now. ...Read more

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My husband had the body trembling, headaches, arrhythmia and lost sleep. Your coloesterol is 246. He may have a heart attack?

My husband had the body trembling, headaches, arrhythmia and lost sleep. Your coloesterol is 246. He may have a heart attack?

Body trembling: Many symptoms with many possibilities. Time to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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But I get headaches when I exercise. I do drink water during the work out. My parents told me that if I over do it, I could have a heart attack?

But I get headaches when I exercise. I do drink water during the work out. My parents told me that if I over do it, I could have a heart attack?

Needs further evalua: I agree to continue to hydrate yourself during exercise. It's necessary to find out what part of your head hurts? Is there any baseline high blood pressure or other underlying diseases. I recommend you to slow down if headache persists ...Read more

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Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Arm pain near outer elbow for a few days. Now jaw pain in left side too, headache and fatigue. Could be heart attack or warning to one?

Unlikely: If the pain is days apart, especially unlikely. A heart attack usually declares itself within 8 hours. Although people can have "silent MIs", your age sorta rules that out ...Read more

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I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

I male 24. Feeling my left hand numb as blood running through my hand. A little chest pain and headache. Is this symptom of heart attack, hbp or else?

Doubtful: I doubt that your symptom is related to hbp or to heart attack. Headache and "little chest pain" most likely related to worry and anxiety. Best to have a chat with your doctor to alleviate your fears. ...Read more

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FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

FDA recently stated non-aspirin NSAID can increase risk of heart attack and stroke. As a user of Advil, (ibuprofen) I take 400mg a few times a week or less for headache, some weeks not at all. Should I worry?

NSAIDS: NSAIDS are associated with such side effects. In your case, you are young and NSAIDs may not cause heart attack or stroke at this stage. People with underlying atherosclerosis and with plaque formation in their arteries are at higher risk. If you can avoid, that is preferable as Routine use of NSAIDS may contribute to gastritis, peptic ulcer, kidney damage etc. ...Read more

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I have chest pain that comes and goes, headaches upper back pain dizziness. Shortness of breath nausea. Have been to ER was told not heart attack.

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Headache with pain in the back of the neck and back pain? Is it stroke or heart attack? Normal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, stress test, chest xray is it alarming

Headache with pain in the back of the neck and back pain? Is it stroke or heart attack? Normal 2decho jan 2013, ecg, stress test, chest xray is it alarming

No: With all of those negative tests, in an otherwise healthy 32 year- old, it is most likely a musculoskeletal cause. A physiatrist can perform a thorough history and physical to confirm diagnosis and give you treatment options. ...Read more

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How come I get severe headaches and severe heart pains when going to bed?

How come I get severe headaches and severe heart pains when going to bed?

High BP?: Have you checked your blood pressure when you get these symptoms? If not, get a home BP cuff and check it. Take these readings to your doctor and go over it with them. ...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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It's possible that 15 year olds get severe heart pains alongside with severe headaches?

It's possible that 15 year olds get severe heart pains alongside with severe headaches?

Possibly: Arteriosclerotic disease (causing the majority of heart attacks) doesn't occur in 15 year olds unless they have diabetes, are using cocaine, or have a very, very rare diease (progeria). 15 year olds can get pericarditis (usually a viral infection) which is very painful. A viral illness can also cause severe headaches. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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9weeks pregnant 23 y having severe headache, heart burn and dizziness?

9weeks pregnant 23 y having severe headache, heart burn and dizziness?

pregnancy symptoms: Early pregnancy has a whole host of symptoms including some of what you have. Tum, mylanta, and Pepcid or zantac are ok for the heartburn. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe for your headache. It sounds like you need to hydrate as well. ...Read more

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Could ischemic heart disease be diagnosed and treated. Could it be that type of disease cause dizziness, severe headaches?

Could ischemic heart disease be diagnosed and treated. Could it be that type of disease cause dizziness, severe headaches?

C Below: Ischemic heart disease can present in many ways. A typical scneario would be oppresive chest pain, lasting minutes, relieved by rest or nitroglycerin.

In diabetics presentation might be different.

Considering your risk factors are important in this case
HTN, Low HDL, High LDL, Age, Family HX, Smoking ...Read more

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I have been having sudden severe headaches on both sides of myhead in my temples when my heart rate accelerates. Itis severe throbbing pain?

Suggestion: Although sounds like you are suffering migraines, would see a neurologist and get this all evaluated. If migraine, many interventions can get this under control. ...Read more

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What can cause rapid heart rate (up to 174 bpm), severe headache, rapid breathing, adrenaline rush to occur multiple times a night every night.

What can cause rapid heart rate (up to 174 bpm), severe headache, rapid breathing, adrenaline rush to occur multiple times a night every night.

See your Doctor: All these symptoms are a warning that are telling you to be seen, when we lie down fluid changes in our system can trigger underlying heart disease and trigger some of your symptoms, and could also be an endocrine (gland and hormone) problem, so please get to your Doctor and get this evaluated right away! ...Read more

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Past week I keep getting heart palpitations, nausea, lightheaded and a severe headache episodes. It gets worse each time. Any idea of what it could be

Past week I keep getting heart palpitations, nausea, lightheaded and a severe headache episodes. It gets worse each time. Any idea of what it could be

See doctor: There are many things that could cause this. It would be good to see a doctor and have an exam and some basic blood tests looking at for anemia and thyroid disease. In the mean time avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol and drink plenty of water, at least 6 large glasses a day. ...Read more

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I have signs and symptoms of a stroke. 25 year old female no alcohol no smoking severe headache dizziness heart feela funny extreme tired and in a fog

I have signs and symptoms of a stroke. 25 year old female no alcohol no smoking severe headache dizziness heart feela funny extreme tired and in a fog

Go to your MD: Signs and symptoms of a stroke? Neurological Deficitis? Motor deficitis? Sensory deficitis? Does not seem like it

Extreme tired? Fog? Read about thyroid issues or diabetes with sugar problems. Could also explain symptoms.

If you are concerned go to your MD ASAP ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache. Vomiting. Left arm feels numb and painful at same time. Heart beating fast.

Sudden severe headache. Vomiting. Left arm feels numb and painful at same time. Heart beating fast.

Is this something: New or have it for a while? Have you seen neurologist and diagnosed with migraine? If this not the case, please see your doc /neurologist and evaluated urgently. Best case scenario could be migraine but could be something else. Good luck ...Read more

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Help, I have blackouts when standing up, increased heart rate, severe headaches, hear heartbeat in ear?

Help, I have blackouts when standing up, increased heart rate, severe headaches, hear heartbeat in ear?

Many causes: Blackouts on standing strongly suggests orthostatic hypotension. There are many causes. A few examples: gunshot wound, sepsis, many medicines, internal bleeding, sunstroke, anaphylaxis — and many others. ...Read more

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I've been having pounding headaches with pounding heartbeat after phys activity. ER visit no heart attack, normal sinus rhythm. What could it be?

I've been having pounding headaches with pounding heartbeat after phys activity. ER visit no heart attack, normal sinus rhythm. What could it be?

Exertion headache: The headache usually pops up at the height of exercise and lasts 15 minutes to a few hours. However, in certain cases the exertion headaches can last up to two days. See your PCP for diagnosis, evaluation, prevention, and. Treatment. ...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.?

Scary: All symptoms point to a 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

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more