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Can triptans cause rebound headaches? I have been having daily unilateral headaches for over a week. Can I take triptans when pain unbearable?

Can triptans cause rebound headaches? I have been having daily unilateral headaches for over a week. Can I take triptans when pain unbearable?

Triptans & others: As a rule of thumb...no abortive medication for migraine headaches (such as triptans) should be taken more than twice in 24 hrs. (meaning 2 doses) or more than 4 times in 7 days (4 doses). And yes, they can and do cause rebound headaches. Keeping track of your headaches & medication doses as you decrease their use may show you how this phenomenon works. See a headache specialist for more details. ...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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I have been suffering from unilateral headaches since 2010. When i get these headaches i get a neck pain as well as pain behind my eye too. ?

I have been suffering from unilateral headaches since 2010. When i get these headaches i get a neck pain as well as pain behind my eye too. ?

Migraine.: Difficult to say with such limited info, but you may have migraine. With neck pain as well this may be triggered by tension. You should see your doc and trial various meds to see how best to treat these. ...Read more

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I had a root canal yesterday and woke to a severe unilateral headache on the opposing side to the tooth, severe tenderness of the tooth site. Normal?

I had a root canal yesterday and woke to a severe unilateral headache on the opposing side to the tooth, severe tenderness of the tooth site.  Normal?

Not typical: No this is not typical. The reason why you are having pain on the opposite side from the root canal may be because your mouth was open for a long time during the dental procedure. Now the muscles and jaw are stressed out. If this is the cause ibuprophen, ice and soft diet will help. Call the dentist who did the root canal and find out exqctlynwhatnis going on. ...Read more

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Unilateral headache for 2 wks. Left temple area. Passed blood/cognitive/reflex tests. No MRI. Dr says benign tension HA. Pain starts soon as I sleep.

Unilateral headache for 2 wks. Left temple area. Passed blood/cognitive/reflex tests. No MRI. Dr says benign tension HA. Pain starts soon as I sleep.

Cluster Headache: If the headache lasts 15-180 minutes, always on left side, severe, with eye redness or tearing or nose running, and awakens you from sleep, this is likely cluster headache. Other disorders are possibilities as well. If you'd like to discuss diagnosis, treatment and prevention further, I'm available for consults. ...Read more

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I am having unilateral headache (rt side head, forehead and eye) while having masterbation so what are the causes and treatment?

I am having unilateral headache (rt side head, forehead and eye) while having masterbation so what are the  causes and treatment?

Possible migraine: These symptoms are typical of migraine headache. During masturbation, blood pressure and blood flow increase and may trigger your headaches. Keep a diary of headaches to see when they occur and if you can identify any other triggers? If you are female, watch for masturbation and headache pattern changes during your 28-day cycle. Some women have cycle related migraines. Discuss with a doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause throbbing/pulsating unilateral headaches with only sensitivity to movement, some smell sensitivity. No phonophobia or sound phobia. Is it possible to still be a migraine?

What can cause throbbing/pulsating unilateral headaches with only sensitivity to movement, some smell sensitivity.   No phonophobia or sound phobia. Is it possible to still be a migraine?

Can be that or : Other things too. Look for the source of your migraine to make sure you eliminate triggers, which can be dietary too like proteins from cheese, wine, other foods that you can be tested for by your PCP. Also vascular and musculoskeletal causes can add to this unilateral picture. It can be a stress tension headache vs. migraine as well. Consider all causes. ...Read more

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I have had this painful unilateral headache behind my eye since 5am and on R. side of head. Why does my Head feel sore too? Made worse by movement

I have had this painful unilateral headache behind my eye since 5am and on R. side of head. Why does my Head feel sore too? Made worse by movement

Sound like spasm: Unilateral headache usually are migraine like . But they do not get worst by movement all the time . So my first guess is migraine , the second it could be unilateral muscle spasm . Either way you need to see a doctor for that ...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

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