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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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What are the causes of me to wake up with headaches?

What are the causes of me to wake up with headaches?

Depends: If the headache goes away on it's own after you have been awake for awhile, it could be related to a sleep related breathing disorder such as apnea. It is best to consult with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can cause a headache everyday for months and when u get up quickly it makes it much worse for a few seconds. I even wake up with them?

What can cause a headache everyday for months and when u get up quickly it makes it much worse for a few seconds. I even wake up with them?

See neurologist: You will to see a neurologist who may consider getting a brain ct or MRI on you to assess your headaches. The fact that it gets worse with positional changes bothers me. ...Read more

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When im sleeping on my back. .. I wake up with severe headache. What would be the cause??

When im sleeping on my back. .. I wake up with severe headache. What would be the cause??

Headaches Causes: You will need to see your Internist to sort the potential causes of your "positional headaches". It could be due to your cervical spine, it could be positional in origin, or it could be due to hemodynamic etiologies. I suggest you see your Internist asap. ...Read more

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What causes two long indents on top of my head causing ridge along the top - wake up with pressure headache every morning - thank you?

What causes two long indents on top of my head causing ridge along the top - wake up with pressure headache every morning - thank you?

Dilated vessels (?): It could be you are describing dilated blood vessels which might be visible and which can be associated with a headache. Perhaps more importantly, you should have your blood pressure checked during a headache to be sure it is not caused by hypertension (high blood pressure). A visit to your doctor might be appropriate. ...Read more

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Every 3 to 4 months I wake up with a very dull headache, later I develope nausea and then I vomit. What causes this? I do take hpertension meds.

Every 3 to 4 months I wake up with a very dull headache, later I develope nausea and then I vomit. What causes this? I do take hpertension meds.

Could be migraine: Sounds like occasional migraine headaches, and you would likely benefit from an abortive med such as a triptan to stop these, but triptans can adversely affect blood pressure in some patients. Work closely with your physician, as likely simple approaches might suffice. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sometimes I wake up with a light achy pounding with activity headache that causes me to throw up. Could it be my sinuses or a migraine?

Sometimes I wake up with a light achy pounding with activity headache that causes me to throw up. Could it be my sinuses or a migraine?

Migraines: Sounds like migraines, likely not sinuses. The only way to find out if it is something more serious than migraines is to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can PVCs cause extreme fatigue/headaches/stomach pain? Have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (ARVC), and wake up with headaches and fatigue.

Can PVCs cause extreme fatigue/headaches/stomach pain? Have been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (ARVC), and wake up with headaches and fatigue.

The PVC's: Themselves cannot be held responsible for your symptoms but the extreme fatigue may be due to your heart disease! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Why do I always wake up with a headache?

Why do I always wake up with a headache?

See your doctor: First your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes I suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor might order imaging of brain and optic nerve exam to rule out serious conditions. ...Read more

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Could you explain why do I always wake up with a headache?

Could you explain why do I always wake up with a headache?

Grinding?: Could be many causes. Duration, location and severity/intenesity are important. Morning headaches can be the result of grinding the teeth, tmj/tmd, sinus issues, hormone imbalance, etc. I would see a doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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Why is it that I wake up with a headache every single morning?

Why is it that I wake up with a headache every single morning?

A good?: Ask your pcp, which might be answered easily after a good history &physical exam are obtained. Start there first! Elevated bp, sleep apnea &caffeine withdrawal or just a few of the potential causes. ...Read more

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I wake up with a headache almost everyday, what is my problem?

I wake up with a headache almost everyday, what is my problem?

Likely migraines: Assuming your headaches do subside during the day they are likely migraines. You may have had infrequent headaches in the past which have become daily now. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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Any time I take a benedryl, I wake up with a headache. Should I be concerned?

Any time I take a benedryl, I wake up with a headache. Should I be concerned?

Common: That a common side effect of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in some people. Stop taking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) an I headache persists, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Most weekends I wake up with a headache, especially if I sleep in. I don't understand this madness. Sometimes it happens if I don't sleep in too.

Most weekends I wake up with a headache, especially if I sleep in. I don't understand this madness. Sometimes it happens if I don't sleep in too.

Alcohol, No caffeine: If you drink alcohol the night before, it can cause a hangover. If you are used to caffeine through the weekdays, not having any on the weekends can cause withdrawl headaches. Finally, if it's neither case, then the sleep schedule disruption is the cause. Your body is craving consistency. The more you can stick to the same wake/sleep cycle every day, the better! ...Read more

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24 weeks pregnant. BP is normal or sometimes on the low side. Always wake up with a headache on the left side. Normal?

24 weeks pregnant. BP is normal or sometimes on the low side. Always wake up with a headache on the left side. Normal?

Not unusual: Being pregnant is an abnormal state! Everything about it is different then the rest of your life. Not only that but things are constantly changing and your body is having to always adapt. Sleeping patterns and position, hormones, stress, weight, etc. Check what has changed in the position of your sleep, have you started snoring? Discuss it with your OB. Happy Mother's Day ...Read more

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Its been days when I stand or walk or even sit I experience severe migraines and lasts all day. I wake up with a headache. No pain killer does the job?

Its been days when I stand or walk or even sit I experience severe migraines and lasts all day. I wake up with a headache. No pain killer does the job?

Clearly this is: Really impacting your quality of life & your ability to function. If you have not seen a neurologist for full eval- would recommend that. Also insure that you diabetes, anxiety & depression are under good control. ...Read more

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