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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

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Odd Blood Pressures, 167/145, 171/150, then drops to 90/50. What type of medication? Emerg Room Dr said it was Labile Hypertension/headaches when High

Odd Blood Pressures, 167/145, 171/150, then drops to 90/50. What type of medication? Emerg Room Dr said it was Labile Hypertension/headaches when High

Merits an evaluation: Two of the pressures mentioned are clearly very high; the 3rd pressure is quite low. It merits a careful visit to ones doctor to attempt to clarify the reason for the marked fluctuation. A thorough history and exam with blood and urine testing should determine the cause of the marked pressure variations. ...Read more

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Which part of head aches in low or high blood pressure?

Which part of head aches in low or high blood pressure?

No specific: Part, but commonly "pressure" is fellt in the back of the skull or on the temples, sometimes g=behind the eys: but neither low nor high BP always causes any symptom. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure and ran out of my meds been out 5days, I have a horriable headahce and my heart is slammin hard and I have no dr. Now what?

I have high blood pressure and ran out of my meds been out 5days, I have a horriable headahce and my heart is slammin hard and I have no dr. Now what?

Get BP checked now!: If you have a way to check your BP at home, do it now. If not, see your doctor, an urgent care, or go to the emergency room now. Your BP may be seriously high, and putting you at a high risk of a stroke or heart attack. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure cause extreme head ache?

Can high blood pressure cause extreme head ache?

Absolutely: Actually one of the most common causes for headache. If any other symptoms: blurred vision, nausea, chest pain and depending upon how high is the blood pressure I would suggest that you seek immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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I been getting head ache every night for awhile I do have high blood pressure could that be it?

I been getting head ache every night for awhile I do have high blood pressure could that be it?

Yes: Yes, sometimes poorly controlled high blood pressure can lead to a headache. It would be a good idea to get your blood pressure checked and talk to your doctor if it is elevated. There are also many other causes of headaches, such as stress, infections, and eye strain. ...Read more

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How do high blood pressure start s?

How do high blood pressure start s?

High blood pressure: High blood pressure, or hypertension, is most commonly idiopathic (no good reason). Obesity, family history, excessive salt intake, stress and kidney problems can be contributors. Recommendations for normal blood pressure get lower all the time - see your doctor for advice on what might be normal for you. ...Read more

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I want to know do high blood pressure make u gain weight?

I want to know do high blood pressure make u gain weight?

No: Blood pressure does not cause weight gain. Weight gain may actually cause your blood pressure to increase however. So it is important to maintain a normal weight and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Why do high blood pressure medications tell you to stay out of the sun?

Why do high blood pressure medications tell you to stay out of the sun?

BP: Some antihypertensives can sensitize the skin to sunlight and make sunburn easier. By lowering the peripheral resistance the BP meds can make on more volume sensitive and make dehydration easier and more serious in the heat. ...Read more

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My granny just started having high blood pressure headaches just a few hours ago I'm afaid for her because she refuses to go to the doctors. Help, pls?

My granny just started having high blood pressure headaches just a few hours ago I'm afaid for her because she refuses to go to the doctors. Help, pls?

Take her to doctor: Headache may be the result of a variety of conditions but if her blood pressure is very high and headache persists, she needs medical attention. Contact her doctor and tell her that you are concerned and that there are good treatments to help her feel better. If she truly does not wish medical care, you need to have a discussion with her about her wishes if something bad were to happen. ...Read more

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Do high blood pressure pills mess with your sex drive?

Do high blood pressure pills mess with your sex drive?

Can: Its not uncommon to note a lack of energy in general and ed is fairly common as well. ...Read more

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What does headache pain from high blood pressure feel like?

What does headache pain from high blood pressure feel like?

Hypertension: If you have regular headaches it will feel the same as those. If you don't have headaches, it could feel like a pounding, squeezing, or throbbing pain. The trick is to get control of your blood pressure, eat healthy foods, avoid caffeine completely, and exercise. If you still have high blood pressure and headaches see your physician to discuss medical testament for your elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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What to do when some who don't like eating meat got high blood pressure?

What to do when some who don't like eating meat got high blood pressure?

Interesting question: I'm not sure what the question is, but I can tell you that there is little, if any relationship between eating meat and high blood pressure, getting it or treating it. Risk factors for high BP are overweight, obese, diabetes, family history of high blood pressure, high salt diet, lack of exercise, etc. Treating high BP is done with eating healthy, lowering salt (if too high), exercise & meds! ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure cause hallucinations? Like 200 systolic and a high diabolic

No it does not: No high blood pressure even as high as 200 systolic and high diastolic do not cause hallucinations directly as a result of high blood pressure. ...Read more

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Why I feel high blood pressure symptoms like headaches when my BP is just a little high?

Why I feel high blood pressure symptoms like headaches when my BP is just a little high?

Headache came first?: Mildly elevated BP is not typically associated with headaches. It is a "silent killer." it may be that you have headaches and therefore a slight rise in bp. ...Read more

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I would like to know what lowers high blood pressure fast when you're feeling sick like passing out?

I would like to know what lowers high blood pressure fast when you're feeling sick like passing out?

It depends: If the blood pressure suddenly drop more than 20 mmhg, patient can feel dizzy or pass out. Like orthostatic hypotension, that means if you change position from lying down to standing up, you feel dizzy. ...Read more

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Are nuts like Almonds bad for high blood pressure patients?

Are nuts like Almonds bad for high blood pressure patients?

Just the opposite: Tree nuts are great for cardiovascular health. Some people's blood pressure can be sensitive to excess salt, so if nuts are salted blood pressure needs to be watched. Also all people with heart, liver or kidney failure need to avoid excess salt. But nuts are quite healthy. ...Read more

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Can people with high blood pressure use preperation h?

Can people with high blood pressure use preperation h?

Yes: There is no reason why there should be a problem. ...Read more

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What do you feel like when you have high blood pressure?

Normal: High BP usually has no symptoms - it is often referred to as the silent killer. Very high BP may be associated with neurologic symptoms, angina or headache. ...Read more

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Can I go to gyem and lift the weights as I am having high blood pressure 140/90 I am 32 years old and like to do excersize. Pls suggest.?

Probably ok: Exercise short of power lifting is probably ok but don't hold your breath during any lifts. In the mean time do a lifestyle audit & identify controllable factors that push up bp. Eliminate caffeine, power drinks, salty foods & adding salt to your meals. Get in to see your pcp & see if there are other issues to treat. Investing in a home wrist BP monitor may help u get a better picture of day to day. ...Read more

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Ok I'm 31 6ft tal n weight 350 I have high blood pressure n this is freaking me out my hart rate is all ways runing low like out 55 r 54 what could?

Blood Pressure Meds: I would bet you are on medication for your blood pressure. If you are not then you are indeed in trouble and need to get to your doctor's office to correct this asap. ...Read more

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On high blood pressure, are there other foods that can cause blood pressure spikes like starches or grains?

Salt: Salt does cause fluid retention and therefore increases blood pressure. Very low blood sugar can cause release of adrenaline which raises blood pressure, other than that, I do not know of any interaction with particular foods. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure should I take beer once in awhile? I smoke too but I am cutting down to like ten sticks a day.

I have high blood pressure should I take beer once in awhile? I smoke too but I am cutting down to like ten sticks a day.

High blood pressure: Recommendations are not more than one drink per day for women or two drinks per day for men. Most importantly you should stop smoking. If your pressure is borderline, just stopping smirking will help you the most. Adding exercise will also help to lower your blood pressure. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have high blood pressure (140/90 and more) when doing daily activity like standing for a long time? Also chest pain/discomfort?

Is it normal to have high blood pressure (140/90 and more) when doing daily activity like standing for a long time? Also chest pain/discomfort?

Yes. No.: It is expected to have higher blood pressure with activity. Standard blood pressure is done after sitting quietly with legs uncrossed for a minimum of 5 minutes before measurement.

It is NOT normal to have chest pain/discomfort with daily activity. ...Read more

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Hello again I won't to asking about something happens to me my I hear a sound like the sound of the television is that comes from high blood pressure?

Hello again I won't to asking about something happens to me my I hear a sound like the sound of the television is that comes from high blood pressure?

Not uncommon: Very high pitched, like dog-whistle? Not uncommonly reported in persons w/very high bp--which is the issue (the noise is just annoying). Check and document your BP & time of day taken, take list to your dr and get on or get meds adjusted to control your BP before have brain/heart/kidney/eye problem from the hypertension! ...Read more

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Cure of high blood pressure?

Cure of high blood pressure?

Cure of high BP?: There are a number of curable causes of high blood pressure. But they are uncommon. The way to find out is to find out what is causing high blood pressure. Work with your team to see what is causing it. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Keith
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more


Dr. Howard Schneider
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is 140/90 or higher. A systolic blood pressure (top number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. ...Read more