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Constant throbbing pain top left-hand side of head. Comes on during day, pain alleviated during jogging. Diagnosed as tension headache by GP. Tumor?

Constant throbbing pain top left-hand side of head. Comes on during day, pain alleviated during jogging. Diagnosed as tension headache by GP. Tumor?

Need MRI: Brain Tumors are very rare. So, it is very unlikely that you have that. However, headaches is one of the most common presenting complaints of brain tumors and many new cases had headaches for months before anyone ordered the right test. MRI of the Brain with contrast is the test of choice. Ask your GP for this but your insurance may deny it. You will then have to appeal, but don't give up. ...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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I have pressure/pain in the right side of head if I lay on that side or on back. Have had tension headaches lately and do have sinus pressure.

I have pressure/pain in the right side of head if I lay on that side or on back. Have had tension headaches lately and do have sinus pressure.

Get checked: See a neurologist and have your cranial joints (TM joints, occiput and frontal sinus) for the presence of toxins, pathogens, allergens as the cause of the tension HAs. Make sure you rule out the presence of mold toxins as a factor for the sinus pressure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have tension headaches w/o the squeezing/pressure feeling? I have those headaches but lately no pain but movement side of head/temple

Is it possible to have tension headaches w/o the squeezing/pressure feeling? I have those headaches but lately no pain but movement side of head/temple

Of course: Tension Type Headache may exist without any evidence of pericranial muscle tenderness. It is not unusual for patients with TTH to experience migraine-like symptoms (throbbing headache, visual disturbances, nausea). See your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Getting constant throbbing pain top left-hand side of head. It comes on during day & disappears at night. Diagnosed with tension headaches. Tumour?

Getting constant throbbing pain top left-hand side of head. It comes on during day & disappears at night. Diagnosed with tension headaches. Tumour?

Likely migraine: Sounds like this is pretty scary for you. Throbbing headache on one side of your head that gets better with lying down in a dark room is often migraine. However, if this is new and isn't going away you might need an examination. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Having preassure in front of the head and radiates to the temple mostly on left side but only preassure no pain Is this a symptom of tension headache?

Having preassure in front of the head and radiates to the temple mostly on left side but only preassure no pain Is this a symptom of tension headache?

Yes, TTH: Tension type headache. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Minor dull cramp for 2 days on right side of temple (head). Not painful. Not cured by NSAIDS. Tension headache? Any helpful tips to get rid of it?

Minor dull cramp for 2 days on right side of temple (head). Not painful. Not cured by NSAIDS. Tension headache? Any helpful tips to get rid of it?

Try: Try excedrin migraine and an ice pack over the temple. Persistent headaches should be examined as temporal arteritis could be a cause as well as other entities. If no better please seek prompt emergency room care ...Read more

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My head hurts in the lower left side of my skull the Dr's I have seen say tension headache or a muscle spasm I have had the headache since Dec 25th?

My head hurts in the lower left side of my skull the Dr's I have seen say tension headache or a muscle spasm I have had the headache since Dec 25th?

Most likely cause: If the pain is aching or bank like, not accompanied by nausea or vomiting, if not throbbing, if it is more of a moderate grade pain that doesn't interfere with your ability to function, it is more than likely a tension type. I am assuming you have had a CT scan or MRI. ...Read more

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Hi i have had dull pain on the left-hand side at the back of my head it started as neck pain and it has been 2 days could it be a tension headache?

Hi i have had dull pain on the left-hand side at the back of my head it started as neck pain and it has been 2 days could it be a tension headache?

Other possibilities: By and large tension headaches are defined as headaches which extend about the WHOLE headaches while other types of headaches such as migraines typically show up only on 1 side. Other possibilities such as cervical column osteoarthritis can radiate upward into the head at times. If you'd like to chat 1-1 about this please set up an appointment with me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can a tension headache at the back of the skull and a tender left side of neck be related to slight vertigo when moving head quickly? If not, ideas?

Can a tension headache at the back of the skull and a tender left side of neck be related to slight vertigo when moving head quickly? If not, ideas?

Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic Headache. The clinical presentation of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles (neck), vertigo, dizziness as well as pain in the pericranial muscles. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist. ...Read more

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Throbbing on my right-hand side of my head really sore tender to touch what is this tension headache or migraine it really hurts on one side?

Throbbing on my right-hand side of my head really sore tender to touch what is this tension headache or migraine it really hurts on one side?

Cutaneous allodynia: Throbbing unilateral pain is usually migraine. When a migraine goes on for a while without effective treatment, you can develop "cutaneous allodynia," which is when your skin becomes sensitive to touch, combing, water, or other usually non-painful stimuli. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

Hi I am having tingling in feet and hands, left side back of head has tension headache also left eye has occasional floaters. Please let me know what this could mean?

It could mean...: It could mean that you should see your Physician or Urgent Care as soon as possible. You need to be evaluated, especially in light of your neurologic symptoms. Please make arrangements now. ...Read more

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How long after a sudden tension headache can I head back into the gym safely?

How long after a sudden tension headache can I head back into the gym safely?

Probably soon: The conservative approach would be to start with cardio to avoid "bearing down". ...Read more

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Fell while kneeling on bed and hit head on wall. I've had a bad tension headache for 72 hrs. Taken hydro because pain. No other symptoms. See a Dr?

Fell while kneeling on bed and hit head on wall. I've had a bad tension headache for 72 hrs. Taken hydro because pain. No other symptoms. See a Dr?

If concerned: If you are having concerning symptoms, and now, on own, using a narcotic (hydro?, meaning hydrocodone?),
contact your doctor and discuss your symptoms. Cannot be more precise based upon information at this time. ...Read more

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I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

Maybe: Seems like you are straining too hard to see and so you scrunch up your forehead. So the spot in between your brows get achy. This may drive your Botox bill up later in life ;=) you may need glasses to help you, so you don't have to strain so hard! ...Read more

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Do I have a tension headache if it's in the back and a migraine if it's in the front of my head?

Do I have a tension headache if it's in the back and a migraine if it's in the front of my head?

Difficult to tell: Headaches can be difficult to diagnose and treat, but typically tension headaches wrap around the head and neck on both sides. Typically, migraines are on one side around the temple, but can occur further back and sometimes occur on both sides. Keep a diary or log, indicating any possible triggers (foods, stress, alcohol, etc) and show that to your doctor. This is very helpful. ...Read more

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What is causing my generalized head pressure for last 3 weeks? Is it my TMJ or tension headache? Or something else? Any OTC fix for head pressure?

We can't diagnose: The cause of your pressure. This would require a medical history & physical examination at minimum. Once the cause is determined — a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Can you get a tension headache every day? I have been fighting head pressure for close to a month &the past week it has turned into more of a headache

Can you get a tension headache every day? I have been fighting head pressure for close to a month &the past week it has turned into more of a headache

Be seen : Headaches that are continues and are worsening need to be evaluated. See your primary and have him/her try the simple things first. Head pressure maybe sinus related. ...Read more

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What is tension headache cause from? Having sharp pains in the upper part of the eye, making my head hurt painfully.

Tension : Tension headaches are band-like headaches that are usually dull, not throbbing. They are caused by excessive contraction of muscles in the neck, temples and forehead. They are sometimes bad enough to be accompanied by some nausea. They are distinguished from migraine which also causes nausea by the fact that in migraine there may be sensitivity to light and sound and the pain is throbbing and usually one sided. Sharp pains in the eye are usually something else and should be checked out. Talk to your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Y do I feel sick every day. Weird head sensations&different feelings in head.&most evenings i hav a type of tension headache. Sometimes pain behind eyes.

Sick: Your symptoms are quite wide. It is best to see a physician to evaluate your condition. Among the possibilities include somatization, thyroid disease, diseases of the eye or retina. At your age you are taking Propranolol which is extremely unusual. I do not have enough information to help you with a diagnosis. See your physician and eye doctor to assess your symptoms. ...Read more

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Monday AM, i suddenly got a headache like a tension headache, it's worse when I turn my head. Advil (ibuprofen) helps for a while, but not completely. It's day 3.

Monday AM, i suddenly got a headache like a tension headache, it's worse when I turn my head. Advil (ibuprofen) helps for a while, but not completely. It's day 3.

May need eval: Migraines can be exacerbated by movement but if the headache is new, unusual, and sudden, or accompanied by other symptoms, you may need further evaluation. If it migrainous, there are better medications that can be prescribed to help stop the headache. ...Read more

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Can tension headache cause discomfort in temple and fore head and also cause eye preassure or sometimes get worse when looking down or moving?

Can tension headache cause discomfort in temple and fore head and also cause eye preassure or sometimes get worse when looking down or moving?

TTH can: Tension type headache. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dizzy, head feels heavy&i feel like I'm falling to the left. Headache w tight neck(tension headache?) is dizziness related to headache? What can I do?

Dizzy, head feels heavy&i feel like I'm falling to the left. Headache w tight neck(tension headache?) is dizziness related to headache? What can I do?

Complex headache: If you are truly having a persistent tendency to fall to the left with your headache, this is a specific abnormal neurological symptom and you need a full evaluation. This is not a feature of common headaches like muscle tension, and would be very rare even for migraine headache. Don't try any specific treatment until the cause of the headache is determined. ...Read more

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Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when I go up stairs and stand up. Worry?

Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when I go up stairs and stand up. Worry?

Common in pregnancy: While it sounds like your situation is complicated with back /spine related issues, headaches in pregnancy are actually common. This should not be assumed to be normal, though, and should be addressed with your ob/gyn. You do not specify how far along you are and headaches can also be related to complications such as preeclampsia. Call your doctor! ...Read more

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I've had tension headache before couple years back. This current one started after working 19 days straight (desk job). It's been on and off since Jan 28th. No other symptoms outside pressure/ache around head. Most the time it's in back of the neck and in

I've had tension headache before couple years back. This current one started after working 19 days straight (desk job). It's been on and off since Jan 28th. No other symptoms outside pressure/ache around head. Most the time it's in back of the neck and in

Your muscles: Are stiff and overworked, with posture and positioning likely the cause for your tension headaches. What you need is de-stressing techniques such as meditation, relaxation and a physically taxing hobby such as golf or cardiovascular exercises. This way you can treat both your nerve and your muscles. If that is not better, then use some ibuprofen or see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Most likely muscle: While this is most likely muscular pain, any change in back or neck pain when you have history of a syrinx, should be examined to look for any neurologic changes. I would recommend follow up with your neurologist just to be safe. If the pain continues to get better, its less concerning and most likely musculature. If it radiates, causes weakness, gets worse, recommend seeing neurologist sooner. ...Read more

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Tension headache back of neck and head for 2 days in early first trimester pregnancy. Isthis normal? Hot shower help while in shower back wheniget out

Tension headache: Tension headache is usually moderate intensity, bilateral, squeezing and can last from 30min to 7 days. Usually not accompanied by any features but may have sensitivity to light or sound not both and no vomiting or nausea. During pregnancy alot is on your plate including stress which is a major player in tensin headache. Aleve (naproxen) and rest, practice breathing excercizes, go to dawnbuse. Com for help. ...Read more

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I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

What is keeler ?: Tetracycline can trigger Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (headaches that are worse on reclining associated with blurred vision due to an imbalance of Cerebrospinal fluid production / resorption). If Keeler is tetracycline you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have a what feels like tension headache, pain in the lower back of my head that radiates outward towards my ears. When I shake my head back and forth it feels like swishing in the center of the lower skull. This is the 4th similar headache in maybe an m

I have a what feels like tension headache, pain in the lower back of my head that radiates outward towards my ears. When I shake my head back and forth it feels like swishing in the center of the lower skull. This is the 4th similar headache in maybe an m

Tension headache: Has qualities that set it apart from common and classic migraine: Typically it evolves slowly over hours. (VS minutes for migraine) There is often a band like constricting quality. Sleep does not help (as with migraine) I suggest you try butalbital and massage therapy, and if that does not work consider seeing a headache specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

A condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more