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Why do cluster headache sufferers get short of breath?

Why do cluster headache sufferers get short of breath?

It's not common: I haven't seen shortness of breath as a common complaint among my cluster patients. It should be evaluated as a separate symptom. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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How come cluster headache sufferers get short on breath?

How come cluster headache sufferers get short on breath?

Unclear reason: Shortness of breath is not often listed as a symptom traditionally associated with cluster headaches. However, my patients who have cluster headaches often mention that the pain is excruciating to the point that they feel out of breath. They also tend to pace and are extremely anxious. The anxiety may contribute to the shortness of breath too. Inhaling oxygen dramatically relieves the symptoms. ...Read more

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For 2 wks Ive been exhausted, thristy, bad headaches and when I work out I get dizzy, short of breath, cold sweats and almost pass out.

For 2 wks Ive been exhausted, thristy, bad headaches and when I work out I get dizzy, short of breath, cold sweats and almost pass out.

Doesn't sound good: If I were trying to explain all those symptoms with a single diagnosis, I'd say you're anemic. It may be more complicated. You need some tests to figure just what's going on. New onset, uncontrolled diabetes could also do that. Some infections could as well. If a picture's worth a thousand words, imagine how much more information could be obtained by just examining you. Pls be checked. ...Read more

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What does headaches nauseous and short of breath mean?

What does headaches nauseous and short of breath mean?

See your doctor: A doctor would need to get a more detailed history as the symptoms are to vague to diagnose you> you would also need a physical exam to try to diagnose you.. ...Read more

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I'm the one with the headaches last several days, but last 2 days I've had chest heaviness and some pains in chest and feel like short of breath, help?

I'm the one with the headaches last several days, but last 2 days I've had chest heaviness and some pains in chest and feel like short of breath, help?

You need to be seen: Kelly, you need to be seen. No one can sort out these symptoms without examining you. It could be dangerous, especially if you are on oral contraceptives, any drugs like cocaine, or are a smoker. Don't delay. ...Read more

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On diltiazem 90mg 2x day since june. Short of breath, headaches, tired general feel bad not me anymore.Any advice?

On diltiazem 90mg 2x day since june. Short of breath, headaches, tired general feel bad not me anymore.Any advice?

Dyspnea: I would confirm with your pcp or cardiologist that you are on the right dose and correct medication. Just an aside, Diltiazem causes constipation which can lead to shortness of breath as well. Bottom line, follow up with your doctor for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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When i go running in the morning i get shortness of breath then headache. What is the problem ?

Unclear: It is, of course, normal to get short of breath when you run. If you feel that your breathing is abnormal, you should be evaluated (there are many possibilities and many tests). The headache is likely unrelated and has its own list possible causes . You should see your family doctor to get the ball rolling. ...Read more

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I'm 23, my heart is racing at over 100bpm i'm short of breath and have a headache. What could be happening to me?

I'm 23, my heart is racing at over 100bpm i'm short of breath and have a headache. What could be happening to me?

Tachycardia: Tough to say without an exam, but an anxiety condition can cause these symptoms along with several other possibilities. Get an exam and be diagnosed. Get well soon. ...Read more

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I get really bad headaches and when walking upstairs or for distances i get a shortness of breath and extream nausea?

Shortness of breath: You need to see your doctor about your shortness of breath and nausea with minimal exertion. Your headache could be due to the shortness of breath/lack of oxygenation. ...Read more

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Short of breath for 2 weeks. Yesterday i felt my heart beat hit hard & had a brief moment of pressure in chest..Shortly leftside face tingly & mild headache feeling. Today symptoms reoccurring. Help?

Short of breath for 2 weeks. Yesterday i felt my heart beat hit hard & had a brief moment of pressure in chest..Shortly leftside face tingly & mild headache feeling. Today symptoms reoccurring. Help?

Serious condition: Need more information about your weight, smoking history, other diseases, medications, drug use, blood pressure , pulse rate, on rest, on exertion. On limited information you need blood count, blood pressure, ekg & cxr which can be done by your doctor. If it is weekend then you may want to go to emergency room. It is serious what you describe. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Cluster Headache (Definition)

Cluster headaches are an extremely painful type of headache that is commonly described as a stabbing sensation through the eye. They usually occur on one side of the head, ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Breathlessness (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more