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When should I seek help for headache symptoms?

When should I seek help for headache symptoms?

Symptoms interfere: If you answer yes to the below questions - you should seek help. Are you having 3->4 headaches/week? Are your headaches keeping from going to work multiple days/month? Are your headahes one-sided associated with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea? Have you ever had transient visual loss, motor weakness or slurred speech? Are your headaches associated with your periods, or with certain foods /red wine? ...Read more

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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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Please suggest the best OTC medicine(s) for sinus symptoms management(esp. the headache) and can be used regularly.

Please suggest the best OTC medicine(s) for sinus symptoms management(esp. the headache) and can be used regularly.

OTC meds for Sunuses: Pseduephedrine (Sudafed) is the main decongestant sold OTC, but due to its potential for abuse, it is now stored behind the shelf and u need to ask for it. It can cause increased heart rate and insomnia. u can use nasal sprays to decongest while avoiding the insomnia caused by oral decongestants. Anti allergy meds can be used if they are adding to the congestion otherwise u can skip these ...Read more

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What is a headache a symptom of mainly?

What is a headache a symptom of mainly?

Headache: Your headaches coudl be coming from tension, eye strain, tooth grinding, dehydration, lack of sleep/poor sleep, skipping meals, stress, sleep apnea/snoring, or chronic sinus problems. ...Read more

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Is a headache a common symptom of colds?

Is a headache a common symptom of colds?

Colds cause headache: Colds frequently cause headaches due to a viral infection in your sinuses. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for the different types of headaches?

What are the symptoms for the different types of headaches?

Migraine vs tension: There are too many different types of headaches to discuss here so i will discuss only the two mentioned above. Tension headaches are a deep aching or squeezing sensation on both sides of the head. They originate in the back of head or forehead. Migraines are usually one side only, and are associated with nausea, vomiting, increased pain induced by light or sound. ...Read more

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Headaches for about the past 2 weeks but no other notable symptoms?

Headaches for about the past 2 weeks but no other notable symptoms?

Analgesic headache: Daily headache still could be primary from tension headache, or secondary like systemic causes, drug induced headache-- but additional hx like previous headache, sensitivity to light, location, sleep history can help us classify headache better. ...Read more

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I have G A D.I suffer from nagging headaches.Is this a symptom of G A D. Thanks?

I have G A D.I suffer from nagging headaches.Is this a symptom of G A D. Thanks?

Headaches and GAD: The anxiety can result in muscular tension in the head and neck region which could result in headaches. Many medications, and one must assume supplements, too, can cause headaches. Pain medication taken regularly can cause chronic daily headaches. Might be best to increase the lexapro (escitalopram) dose and decrease the diazepam. SSRI meds have helped migraine-type HA's. Benzo's now may be assoc with dementia. ...Read more

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One of my relative has permanent headaches. .Could it be a symptom of anything else?

One of my relative has permanent headaches. .Could it be a symptom of anything else?

Headache: There are many types of headaches. Some headaches are primary and some are secondary- meaning caused by something else. Severe or recurrent headaches are often investigated with a ct scan to rule out brain tumor or other abnormality. ...Read more

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What could cause a very mild headache in a 23yo female most days doesnt get worse no ther symptoms?

What could cause a very mild headache in a 23yo female most days doesnt get worse no ther symptoms?

Headaches: The most common causes of headaches are tension and migraine type headaches. For a young lady, migraine may be slightly more common. This would cause throbbing or pulsating on one side of the head, associated with nausea or sensitivity to light. ...Read more

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Yesterday i got a shot for my headache and it made it better but now all my symptoms came back why?

Yesterday i got a shot for my headache and it made it better but now all my symptoms came back why?

Hard to say : Common triggers to ha's include sleep deficit, stress, sudden let up of stress, dehydration, dietary agents, infection & some medications. Headaches are a difficult area to treat, even with a full history, exam & tests. Try to educate yourself in those things (sleep) that you might improve on your own & write down things you feel set them off. Discuss with your doc & come up with a plan for rx. ...Read more

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For 4 weeks now i get 10 -15 sec headaches 0-15 times a day. No other symptoms and they do not seem to be getting worse. I am very scared and anxious?

For 4 weeks now i get 10 -15 sec headaches 0-15 times a day. No other symptoms and they do not seem to be getting worse. I am very scared and  anxious?

Could be spasms: of your scalp muscles. You sound very anxious. These are probably tension related headaches. See your Dr. for treatment. Stop worrying. I don't think this is anything bad. ...Read more

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Is headache a symptom of menopause ?

Is headache a symptom of menopause ?

Yes: Headaches are common in the menopause although they can be due to many things. ...Read more

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Headache is a symptom of what tumors?

Headache is a symptom of what tumors?

Nonspecific: Headaches can be due to migraine, muscle contraction, hydrocephalus, tumors, hypertension, sinus infections, jaw problems. Tumors and hemorrhages cause headaches due to increased pressure inside the skull when the size is significant. Many tumors, such as meningiomas, may be completely silent, without any pain. ...Read more

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Gastritis symptoms- headaches and what else?

Gastritis symptoms- headaches and what else?

Possible migraines: If by gastritis you mean, nausea and vomiting, associated with headache and nausea and vomiting do not persist after the headache has resolved then these are all part of migraine headache in addition to several other symptoms like light and sound sensitivity.. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tension headaches?

What are symptoms of tension headaches?

Pain in your head: Specific symptoms for types of headaches are artificial and of little real importance. Most all headaches are caused by injured muscle and fascia in the head, neck, jaw, and upper back, and the resulting trigger points sending pain to your head. Learn about myofascial pain and treatment. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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What are sinus headaches? What are the symptoms?

What are sinus headaches? What are the symptoms?

Pressure, pain: Sinus pressure and infections may results in symptoms of facial pain or headaches as well as ear pain. Ear pain may be radiating or referred pain, or potentially from eustachian tube problems secondary to sinus issues. Pressure symptoms may be at the forehead, cheekbones, around the eyes, or between the eyes. Pain may also radiate to the back of the head or upper teeth. ...Read more