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The top left side of my head hurts but there is no visible reason aside from a little swelling. The area has been sensitive for a couple weeks.?

The top left side of my head hurts but there is no visible reason aside from a little swelling. The area has been sensitive for a couple weeks.?

Swelling and pain in: An area of the scalp, I would be concerned about an infection. Have someone inspect the scalp very carefully, in really bright light, to see if there is any redness or a wound. It could be a very small place like an infected hair follicle or pimple or scab. You may require a course of antibiotics. Its time to c ur doc, since it's been weeks of this. Good luck☺️ ...Read more

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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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Top left side of my head hurts to touch and there are occasional stabbing pains as well. I feel a little discomfort on my left side of my chest too.

Top left side of my head hurts to touch and there are occasional stabbing pains as well. I feel a little discomfort on my left side of my chest too.

See below: If your muscles were strong enough for two pregnancies, they are strong enough for a third. The questions to ask would be, "Do you want a third child. Did you have problems with first two pregnancies. What kind of problems? " ...Read more

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I have a pituitary prolactinoma and I have been having throbbing head aches on the top left side of my head. It hurts so bad. Could it be the tumor?

I have a pituitary prolactinoma and I have been having throbbing head aches on the top left side of my head. It hurts so bad. Could it be the tumor?

It depends on size: Tumors inside the head/brain can cause headaches but only when they are larger than one cm. Most prolactinomas are smaller than that. You should ask your endocinologist or neurologist to help you to find the cause. It could easily be migraine headaches especially if the headache only affects one half of your head. ...Read more

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Left side of my head hurts a lot and I get sharp pains on top of my head as well what is wrong with me this has been happening for past 8months?

Left side of my head hurts a lot and I get sharp pains on top of my head as well what is wrong with me this has been happening for past 8months?

Migraine?: Unilateral headaches are often migraines, although they can run with tension headaches (which can cause tenderness on your scalp). You need to keep a diary of the triggers of your headaches, timing, severity and what you do to make the headache go away. This will be invaluable information to help you and your doc figure this out together. ...Read more

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My head hurts on the top left side near the back (Very top). It also hurts when I touch that part of the head, not a lot though. What could it be?

My head hurts on the top left side near the back (Very top). It also hurts when I touch that part of the head, not a lot though. What could it be?

Headache: Is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. This condition must be professionally managed. Often use of Excedrin will lead to medication overuse headache. Rec.: see an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Head hurts top left whenever I shake my head vigrously (side to side) been going on for 3 days now and hurts when I run on treadmill?

Head hurts top left whenever I shake my head vigrously (side to side) been going on for 3 days now and hurts when I run on treadmill?

Not sure.: Those symptoms are hard to figure out with this limited interaction. I suggest that if they continue you see a medical provider. ...Read more

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I fell yesterday and hit top left side of my chest hard. The pain radiates up to my ear and my shoulder hurts a lot. I have a bad headache. Related?

I fell yesterday and hit top left side of my chest hard. The pain radiates up to my ear and my shoulder hurts a lot. I have a bad headache. Related?

Very likely: The fall will affect the local area of body like shoulder. However it may effect your neck and head by straining muscles, pulling on ligaments and jousting the brain from the trama. It may take some time with doctor’s help and physical therapy. Seek your MD.
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What could be wrong if only the left side of my head hurts when I shake my head?

What could be wrong if only the left side of my head hurts when I shake my head?

Sinus infection?: Sounds lie some potential causes of your ailment could be a sinus infection, an inner ear problem, an infected tooth, or trigeminal neuralgia for starters. I would not hesitate if the problem persists. ...Read more

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Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Why sometimes my left side of my head hurts by my temple? I have slight sharp pains. It doesn't feel like a headache. It would happen then go away

Neuralgia: Neuralgia is a condition causing sharp, shooting pains coming from nerves in the scalp area and not from brain pathology. They are more of a nuisance disorder than anything serious. If symptoms worsen have your md check you and order any pertinent tests however. ...Read more

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The left side of my head hurts. And the left side of my body from my face to my feet have a tingly numbing feeling. What dies this mean?

The left side of my head hurts. And the left side of my body from my face to my feet have a tingly numbing feeling. What dies this mean?

CVA-stroke: You might be experiencing a cerebral vascular accident (cva) or stroke. You need to be seen immediately at the emergency room. Do not delay as early treatment is of utmost importance to help prevent permanent damage. S. ...Read more

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The left side of my head hurts. And the left side of my body from my face to my feet have a tingly numbing feeling. What does this mean?

The left side of my head hurts. And the left side of my body from my face to my feet have a tingly numbing feeling. What does this mean?

Possible Migraine: Sounds like migraine mimicking paralytic attack. You should talk to your doctor and describe your symptoms very much in details, there are good medicine available for preventing migraine headache.
Also there are other reasons for this kind of headache and tingling sensation therefore getting your physical check up and BP check is a good idea. ...Read more

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I've been feeling light headed and a little confused for a couple of days, now the left side of my head hurts when I bend over. What can this be?

I've been feeling light headed and a little confused for a couple of days, now the left side of my head hurts when I bend over. What can this be?

A reason to see a Dr: To be correctly diagnosed, you need to see a doctor for an exam. There's no way to tell w/o one. It could be as simple as sinus or as complicated as a cardio-vascular issue - or anything between. Have an exam. If that leads to a need for lab work or imaging, follow the steps toward a Dx and Treatment plan. I hope it's simple but whatever it is, early attention will be best. ...Read more

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For past 2 days left side of nose has tear like dripping out everytime I bend over or tilt head. Left side of my head hurts. Cause of alarm or sinus?

For past 2 days left side of nose has tear like dripping out everytime I bend over or tilt head. Left side of my head hurts. Cause of alarm or sinus?

Check the fluid: If you have a diabetes test strip handy test the fluid for the presence of sugar. If there is sugar in the fluid it may be due to a spinal fluid ;leak (not good). Fluid from allergy / sinuses does not contain sugar ...Read more

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The left side of my head hurts, once a day, it's not painful, but yesterday I feel like a burning sensation on that spot, this paint started last week?

The left side of my head hurts, once a day, it's not painful, but yesterday I feel like a burning sensation on that spot, this paint started last week?

Trigeminal neuralgia: In headache disorders, the type of pain and specific characteristics of the headache are the most important features for diagnosis. Head hurting, but not being painful, is difficult to assess. Burning sensations on the side of the head occasionally can be a sign of neuropathy. This means a nerve is irritated. If it hurts when you touch it, it may be a sign of trigeminal neuralgia. ...Read more

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When I cough or bend over the left side of my head hurts and pressure. And when I press my forehead it is tender.?

When I cough or bend over the left side of my head hurts and pressure. And when I press my forehead it is tender.?

Sinus: An infection in the frontal sinus could cause headache and local tenderness, along with some dizziness and nausea. There may not be any other sinus drainage or congestion symptoms but there usually are. Treatments to try would be to breathe hot steam vapor and irrigate the sinuses with saline and could try some decongestants from the store. Get a check up if symptoms continue or worsen. ...Read more

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Night before last I started vomiting and couldn't keep anything down until today now the left side of my head hurts when I cough or sneeze what is it?

Night before last I started vomiting and couldn't keep anything down until today now the left side of my head hurts when I cough or sneeze what is it?

Cough, headache: Unexplained vomiting with headache and cough are significant symptoms that require medical attention. Perhaps you had a fall and hit your head? Call your doctor to make an appointment for an examination to se e what the problem is. There are many possibilities. ...Read more

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Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also smell-light-sound sensitivity. All this since I was a kid, I'm 19?

Evaluation: You should be evaluated by an ENT specialist. You may have a nasal polyp that is blocking your left nostril. In addition there may be a problem with your left sinus responsible for your head hurting. Good luck. ...Read more

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Me and my brother collided and bumped heads. The left side of my head hurts and is sore. It hurts to chew too. I'm not dizzy or have to throw up.

Me and my brother collided and bumped heads. The left side of my head hurts and is sore. It hurts to chew too. I'm not dizzy or have to throw up.

14 yo: You need to be over 16yo to ask questions on healthTap, but tell your parents of your concerns to assure you do not have a post concussive syndrome. Good luck. ...Read more

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Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also light-sound-smell sensitivity. Migrains or something else?

Front left side of my head hurts, I have trouble breathing through the nose and also light-sound-smell sensitivity. Migrains or something else?

Sounds like it: A migraine is often one sided, throbbing or pulsing, worse with motion, lasts 4-72 hours without treatment. There can be light or sound sensitivity. ...Read more

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I have an ear ache that started yesterday. Now the whole left side of my head hurts. Even when I touch my hair. My skin tingles and my eye hurts.

I have an ear ache that started yesterday. Now the whole left side of my head hurts. Even when I touch my hair. My skin tingles and my eye hurts.

Maybe Shingles: Shingles, or herpes zoster infection often presents as surface pain. A short time later you might begin to see raised red areas on the skin. If you do, then contact your PCP or dermatologist as soon as possible so they can start you on anti-viral meds ASAP. It shortens the course of the illness. ...Read more

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I've had a light headache. Well pain on the top left side of my head. It's been coming every day the past week or so am I fine?

I've had a light headache. Well pain on the top left side of my head. It's been coming every day the past week or so am I fine?

Exam: Any chronic daily, recurrent headache should be evaluation and treated. Could be tension, migraine or cluster. Needs ongoing evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Headaches on only top right side of head. When I press the same place on the top left side of my head, the headache disappears. What would cause this?

Headaches on only top right side of head. When I press the same place on the top left side of my head, the headache disappears. What would cause this?

Agree, and...: Sorry to hear : (. I agree with Dr. Rutledge, but also want to mention two things. First, unilateral (one side of head) headaches should be evaluated for other causes than tension headache. Also, you mention using lortab- using pain killers more than twice a week (even if for your lower back pain) can cause rebound headaches. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can sinus congestion cause headaches that can appear anywhere? After a cold I have a headache on the top left side of my head near the back.

The sinuses are: Located above and below the eyes and sinus headache is in the front of the face/forehead. A headache towards the top or back of the head is more associated with routine headache or tension headache. ...Read more

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I have daily headaches for 5 months on the top left side of my head and swollen nontender lymph nodes on the same side of my neck. Help!

I have daily headaches for 5 months on the top left side of my head and swollen nontender lymph nodes on the same side of my neck. Help!

Headache specialist: New Daily Persistent Headache. It has been suggested that this headache may be related to immune changes possibly related to the Epstein-Barr or similar virus but this hypothesis needs further investigation. Fortunately, these headaches are mostly self-limiting. See headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more