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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've had a throbbing dull headache on the top of my head, near the front for the past few days. The headache typically lasts for five to thirty second?

I've had a throbbing dull headache on the top of my head, near the front for the past few days. The headache typically lasts for five to thirty second?

Migraine: Although the briefness of the pain you're having is somewhat uncharacteristic of a migraine headache, the other characteristics are migrants and nature, so I would conclude that you're having a type of migraine headache. Many factors can bring him on, such as allergies, head trauma, changes and sleep pattern, certain medications, processed foods. Just something to think about. ...Read more

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What can cause spontaneous throbbing headache on the left side of the back of my head?

What can cause spontaneous throbbing headache on the left side of the back of my head?

Many causes: There are many possible reasons for the headache you describe. Please see a neurologist if you have not done so. Also, check out a meditation called the relaxation response by a cardiologist named herbert benson. ...Read more

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Throbbing headache and pain at the back of the head from exercise. Lasts for about 5 minutes everytime. Should I be worried?

Throbbing headache and pain at the back of the head from exercise. Lasts for about 5 minutes everytime. Should I be worried?

Maybe: Exercise-induced headaches are most always benign and can last for many hours. Like most headache types the cause is not known. But there are more serious headaches brought on by exercise. These tend to be sudden or first time events associated with nausea, vomiting, sudden dizziness, loss of consciousness, double vision. If this is your first headache from exercise, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Throbbing headache back of head. Is that the wrong place for a migraine?

Throbbing headache back of head. Is that the wrong place for a migraine?

MIGRAINE HEADACHE: It is usually frontal and temporal, unilateral accompanied by aura, throbbing, severe with nausea, photophobia lasting x few hours to 3 days. ...Read more

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Throbbing headache where head meets neck will get better when relaxing then come back when walking around. Ice helps some. How to help? Cause?

Throbbing headache where head meets neck will get better when relaxing then come back when walking around. Ice helps some. How to help? Cause?

Tension migraine: Tension migraine is a type of headache caused by contraction of the muscles that attach to the skull. The headaches often worsen as the day progresses. Treatment includes massage, physical therapy, biofeedback and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety. Botox injections in the scalp muscles and a variety of medications may reduce the headaches. See a neurologist who specializes in headaches. ...Read more

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Three days after wisdom tooth removal, horrible throbbing headache mostly if I move my head a certain way. Is this common? What should I do?

Three days after wisdom tooth removal, horrible throbbing headache mostly if I move my head a certain way. Is this common? What should I do?

Please call your Dr: In most cases it's sounds like the symptoms of a (dry socket) do not rinse your mouth, spit mean while take pain medication until u get to the office, ...Read more

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Throbbing headache. Nauseous. Light headed. Feeling flushed. What's causing this? History of headaches since childhood

Primary headache: Those with recurrent throbbing headaches with extensive additional features generally have a migraine pattern > tension headaches. When they are >15d/mo they are considered chronic & < 15d/m episodic. A workup with your pcp can help confirm the process & a discussion of lifestyle changes and medications is warrented to get this into control. ...Read more

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Drank too much last week, now how a reoccurring throbbing headache/migraine on left side of my head. I've taken Tylenol (acetaminophen) many times, Help! ?

Drank too much last week, now how a reoccurring throbbing headache/migraine on left side of my head. I've taken Tylenol (acetaminophen) many times, Help! ?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) warning: In order to determine the cause of your throbbing head you need to see your primary care physician. Be careful with how much Tylenol (acetaminophen) you take as it can damage your liver if taken in excess. Your throbbing head pain could have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you drank too much alcohol a week ago. ...Read more

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I have a pounding throbbing headache which pulses at the bottom of my head, I also get sore eyes when looking at light why is this?

I have a pounding throbbing headache which pulses at the bottom of my head, I also get sore eyes when looking at light why is this?

Viral meningitis?: If this is a new symptom, these symptoms could mean meningitis, especially if you also have fever. That's not necessarily as alarming as it sounds: most meningitis is caused by viruses and not especially dangerous. But play it safe and see a doctor immediately -- go to an urgent care center or emergency department if your personal physician is not immediately available. Good luck! ...Read more

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Headache that started around eye, pain in back of head down neck, progressed hours later to other side of neck, now have throbbing headache, eye hurts?

Headache that started around eye, pain in back of head down neck, progressed hours later to other side of neck, now have throbbing headache, eye hurts?

Consider migraine: migraine headaches often cause a throbbing headache, associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. Each person's initial presentation can vary. Migraine headaches generally last 4-72 hours and are the cause of significant loss of work and personal time. If you have these headaches on a regular basis, please consult your primary care physician ...Read more

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Throbbing headache in back of head and forehead and throbbing in face, sore neck, ringing in ears and vision affected?

Throbbing headache in back of head and forehead and throbbing in face, sore neck, ringing in ears and vision affected?

You need a consult: To sort out this headache. As you are in Canada, can you not visit a clinic? An examination would be required to really make a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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WBC @ 13, finished Zpk 6days ago& I'm still woosey/light headed and headache/throbbing in my temples, down the back of head behind ears& eyes feel sore?

WBC @ 13, finished Zpk 6days ago& I'm still woosey/light headed and headache/throbbing in my temples, down the back of head behind ears& eyes feel sore?

See your doctor: Again. It doesn't sound like your infection has been completely resolved. You may need another round of something else, especially if your eyes feel sore. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I bumped my temple a few days ago. It only hurts if I touch it, but afterwards I have a slight throbbing headache. What should I do?

I bumped my temple a few days ago. It only hurts if I touch it, but afterwards I have a slight throbbing headache. What should I do?

Don't touch it: Rest.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid vigorous exercise.
Try to avoid touching your temple.
Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen if needed for pain.
It may be tender for a while be should heal completely in time.
If your symptoms worsen or do not resolve after a week, you should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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What can I do address right eye pain and a throbbing headache?

What can I do address right eye pain and a throbbing headache?

Eye pain: The best way to start the evaluation would be to see an ophthalmologist for a complete eye examination to see if an explanation can be found for your symptoms or to decide what he next step should be. ...Read more

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I have been having a numbness on the R side of my face with a headache & throbbing...and the skin and right ear get very hot to the touch.?

I have been having a numbness on the R side of my face with a headache & throbbing...and the skin and right ear get very hot to the touch.?

Complicated migraine: This is most likely a complicated migraine based on throbbing pain and skin sensitivity vs less likely brain lesion affecting the cranial nerve 5 or autonomic trigeminal cephalgia. You need to see a neurologist for this issue and get MRI brain to rule out demyelinating or space occupying lesions, but again highest suspicion is for migraine ...Read more

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Throbbing headache in the same spot for a few days! Huge nose bleed today. Starting to really bother me. Could it be aTumor?

Throbbing headache in the same spot for a few days! Huge nose bleed today. Starting to really bother me. Could it be aTumor?

Nose bleed not tumor: Headaches are common, brain tumors are very rare. When brain tumors cause headaches they are usually constant (don't stop). A nose bleed is almost always caused by a broken blood vessel or a sore in the nostril. Sometimes medications like Advil (ibuprofen) or Aspirin make them worse. If they stop easily by sitting with head back, pressure and ice, no need to worry. If not, seek Urgent Care. ...Read more

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Upon standing I have been feeling dizzy with an almost instant throbbing headache behind my right eye. I am 39 y.o. female, 5' 11" and healthy.

Upon standing I have been feeling dizzy with an almost instant throbbing headache behind my right eye. I am 39 y.o. female, 5' 11" and healthy.

Healthy?: Feeling dizzy with throbbing headache is not fun.
Please start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor regarding your dizziness, and have your doctor make an appointment to an eye specialist

It is a nuisance - I broke five pair of spectacles at age 5 and didn't do much better for some time. Now at age 71 I haven't broken spectacles for decades.

You will do fine. ...Read more

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What can cause me to awake at 3 in the morning with a severe throbbing headache? Unilateral, R. side, peppermint oil made worse, maxalt (rizatriptan) helped, by eye

Sleep headache?: 22 AA F asks causes of awakening from sleep with throbbing headache R side. I would consider BP increase if on BCPs. Or alcohol, migraine. What is your and family Hx of migraine? I would avoid the OTC treatments and work with your team to find cause. Once cause is found Rx can focus on cause. ...Read more