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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 and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the 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 regards 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

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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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What are the usual causes and treatment for headache at the base of the skull?

What are the usual causes and treatment for headache at the base of the skull?

Several but commonly: Commonly a headache starting at the base of the skull or neck is a tension-type headache. They're often throbbing in character & range in severity from mild to severe. Typical otc meds can help(i.e. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aleve, etc), but appropriate dosing & precautions should be followed. Prevention/treatment approaches include stretching, exercise, massage, stress-reduction, stress-management. See doc 4 more. ...Read more

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If a severe headache is localized at the top of your head, is this a cause for concern other than treatment with aspirin?

If a severe headache is localized at the top of your head, is this a cause for concern other than treatment with aspirin?

Severe headache: The location of the headache in your case doesn't add any value to the diagnosis or treatment decision. You can use Aspirin to treat it. If worse or other symptoms occur, seek urgent care clinic or er evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Daily i get headaches in the front of my head and a dripping sensation itch in my ears. Whats cause and treatment. I live in basement ?

Daily i get headaches in the front of my head and a dripping sensation itch in my ears. Whats cause and treatment. I live in basement ?

If your basement: is really old and humid/dank, you may have problems with sinus congestion due to allergic reaction to mold/ mildew/ fungus. All old basements have this problem. If your headaches are constantly on the front side and facial, then you will need to start on over-the-counter allergy pill along with nasal congestion medicines like Flonase or Rhinocort. Use ibuprofen and get out of the basement. ...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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Sir after treatment of typhoid..compltd..i felt better for few days and now am getting head aches ..what may be the cause doctor??

Sir after treatment of typhoid..compltd..i felt better for few days and now am getting head aches ..what may be the cause doctor??

See below: Typhoid can infect central nervous system. Although this would be unusual in your case, as you received treatment, I think it would be wise to to see your physician to make sure there is no active infection that might need additional antibiotics. ...Read more

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I use efavirenz and stocrin truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) because of my HIV treatment but can this treatment cause head ache immediate anger mood swings dizzyness i have?

I use efavirenz and stocrin truvada (emtricitabine and tenofovir) because of my HIV treatment but can this treatment cause  head ache immediate anger mood swings dizzyness i have?

Efavirenz: First, i hope you're not taking both Efavirenz and stocrin, since they're two names for the same drug. Efavirenz can cause mood changes and dizziness. If you didn't have these problems before you started the drug, you should talk to your doctor about a switch. There are plenty of good alternatives. ...Read more

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Headaches only on one side of my head , and down my neck. Best treatment for this?

Headaches only on one side of my head , and down my neck. Best treatment for this?

Identify causes: Any new headache, no matter the location or patterns should be evaluated by a doctor in order to determine what the cause might be. There are many kinds of benign causes for unilateral headaches, including referred pain from jaw, teeth, sinuses, eye, neck - but you need to be certain nothing worrisome causing your problem. See a doctor who may request a headache evaluation from neurologist. ...Read more