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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What kind of headache is it if it doesn't go away after a night of sleep? Bad headache all day wake up next morning still have headache

What kind of headache is it if it doesn't go away after a night of sleep? Bad headache all day wake up next morning still have headache

Migraine: The headache classification committee defines migraine as an idiopathic recurring headache disorder with attacks lasting 4 to 72 hours (if untreated or unsuccessfully treated). Migraine attacks can occur at any time but most frequently are present upon arising. The vast majority of patients complain of nausea, which is accompanied by vomiting in half the patients.
Rec. See orofacial pain doctor. ...Read more

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Headache won't go away even after sleeping. Don't wanna rely on OTC cause I'm trying to avoid rebound headache. Will exercise help/worsen the headache?

Headache won't go away even after sleeping. Don't wanna rely on OTC cause I'm trying to avoid rebound headache. Will exercise help/worsen the headache?

Depends: If this is an issue that happens quite regularly, I would advise seeing a dr. There is also "headache induced exercise, " which could actually make things worse. See a dr. Before experimenting too much. Not all otc meds contribute to headaches, but the best treatment would normally be no meds. ...Read more

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Headache at my temples for three days. Water, sleep, food, exercise, meds won't make it go away. Not super painful, just annoying. Help?

Headache at my temples for three days. Water, sleep, food, exercise, meds won't make it go away. Not super painful, just annoying. Help?

See your doctor: Headaches can be caused by a number of possibilities. These include hormonal fluctuations, dehydration, muscle tension, sinus/allergy issues, infections, migraines, tumors, and a number of other medical issues. Best to see your doctor to narrow the cause. ...Read more

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Get headaches all the time I take aspirin to make it go away and even try to sleep it off still have a headache what could be wrong?

Get headaches all the time I take aspirin to make it go away and even try to sleep it off still have a headache what could be wrong?

Headache: You should talk to your doctor about them or see a neurologist, you may have migrainesor tension headaches, the causes are numerous and the treatment differs. ...Read more

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Started taking fluoxetine 7 days ago and I've had some nasty headaches for 2 days now will they go away mainly at night before sleeping then occur?

Started taking fluoxetine 7 days ago and I've had some nasty headaches for 2 days now will they go away mainly at night before sleeping then occur?

SSRI's: SSRIs like Prozac are effective in some patients but not in general. There are other antidepressants with much greater effectiveness and fewer Headaches...ask your doctor for Brintillex or Remeron (mirtazapine) or an herbalist for an alternative. ...Read more

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I get bad headaches in my forehead while im sleeping, after I get up they tend to go away after about an hour. What could it be from?

I get bad headaches in my forehead while im sleeping, after I get up they tend to go away after about an hour. What could it be from?

Do u snore?: Do you awaken refreshed? Do you have a bed partner who would know if you have irregular breathing or stop breathing or gasp at night? Are you a restless sleeper? You could have sleep apnea. Have you had a physical and know that your blood pressure is good? Do you sleep in a funny position? If you continue with this problem you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I sneezed a few times last night and now have a terrible headache around my left eyebrow and it hurts to touch it. I couldn't sleep it was that bad. I was wondering whether this will go away on its own or whether I will need medical attehntion. I believe

I sneezed a few times last night and now have a terrible headache around my left eyebrow and it hurts to touch it. I couldn't sleep it was that bad. I was wondering whether this will go away on its own or whether I will need medical attehntion. I believe

Get help: You may have a sinus infection and if it is focalized and tender, this may represent a bacterial problem which will require antibiotics and other interventions. There are a few other possibilities, like a problem with your cavernous sinus, and best to see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Chronic fatigue that doesn't go away from sleeping. Nothing can wake me from sleep, so naps last all day. Intense headaches upon awakening no meds help.

Chronic fatigue that doesn't go away from sleeping. Nothing can wake me from sleep, so naps last all day. Intense headaches upon awakening no meds help.

See answer: Chronic fatigue and headaches may be due to a number of causes. A brief physical exam and lab screen should be done to look for possible causes. Depression can cause chronic fatigue. To see causes of fatigue go to>http://bit. Ly/1FYjQAb to learn about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome go to>http://bit. Ly/1FYjQAb

I believe this information will be helpful. Hopefully you will feel better soon. ...Read more

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I get headaches, numb arms & ringing in my ears after simple physical activities such walking in mall, headaches usually go away after I sleep?

I get headaches, numb arms & ringing in my ears after simple physical activities such walking in mall, headaches usually go away after I sleep?

See doctor: This is not normal and there are certain serious conditions that can cause those symptoms. See a physician for an evaluation asap to rule out a serious condition. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of headache that does not go even after sleeping?

What can be the cause of headache that does not go even after sleeping?

I am sorry, can't: Diagnose headache type with this information. If you are having frequent or chronic headaches please see your physician or a neurologist to accurately determine which type of headache it is. ...Read more

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Always when im go to sleep I have a headache at the right back side I can't sleep because of it what could be it?

Always when im go to sleep I have a headache at the right back side I can't sleep because of it what could be it?

Irritation?: Perhaps you have an inflamed nerve or muscle at the base of your skull and when you lay down it is aggravated. Take ibuprofen before sleep and consider seeing a chiropractor for treatment. ...Read more

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Usually when I go to sleep my headache goes away but lately it's been persisting until the next morning, is this normal?

Usually when I go to sleep my headache goes away but lately it's been persisting until the next morning, is this normal?

No it's not normal.: Migraine headaches, and tension headaches (sometimes considered a form of migraine) can sometimes last for days. These should probably be treated by a doctor. There are medications which can stop these headaches. A migraine that lasts too long can be dangerous. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me why I wake up some mornings with a nervous headache. I take 50mg Amityripiline going to bed for sleep. Thanks?

Could you please tell me why I wake up some mornings with a nervous headache. I take 50mg Amityripiline going to bed for sleep. Thanks?

Please repost: And describe or explain what you mean by "nervous headache." The phraae does not really convey any useful information. ...Read more

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I have headaches that I think they may caused by stress! I study hard and I sleep 5-6h a day, it comes suddenly then it goes away. What can I do for that?

I have headaches that I think they may caused by stress! I study hard and I sleep 5-6h a day, it comes suddenly then it goes away. What can I do for that?

Tips: I congratulate you on your strong study ethic. It would behoeve you to take breaks every hour - drink some water, walk around, stretch. Additionally, stretch even when you are sitting at a desk or computer. At age 17, you need more than 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night. Aim for 8 hours, insure you are eating healthfully. Try to be physically active every day. Consider adding in yoga or tai chi. ...Read more

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Afraid to go to sleep strange noises in my head headaches?

Afraid to go to sleep strange noises in my head headaches?

What kinds of noises: "noises" can be all different kind. If you can be more specific in describing them, your docs can be more helpful to you. I would try to see a neurologist as soon as I can if I were you. If all this is recent onset (days or weeks), I would not wait for an appointment - just go to the er. This can be something serious like a dural fistula or avm (as worst case scenario). ...Read more

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Could a broken sleep cause headaches?

Could a broken sleep cause headaches?

Definitely, yes: Headache is a common disorder and represents a major health problem both in the US and abroad. Although physicians, particularly family practitioners, treat many patients with persistent headaches, there are also many headache sufferers who have never consulted a physician. Frequently, their headaches are not resolved and it is not unusual for a headache to accompany with sleep disorders. ...Read more

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Could a broken sleep cause morning headaches?

Could a broken sleep cause morning headaches?

Indirectly: Some headaches are associated with clenching of the jaw called nocturnal para functional brutism. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play with morning headache symptoms. Find a dentist trained in treating headache pain with a nti devise. Another sourse for morning headaches is an untreated obstructive sleep apnea condition. A sleep test is advised. ...Read more

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How come some people get headaches when they over-sleep?

How come some people get headaches when they over-sleep?

Interesting question: In an older person, it often means that some part of the body such as the neck or upper back is unhappy being in the same position for so many hours. In a younger person, I'm not sure except that it might be due to low blood sugar. You know why they call it "Break Fast"? For most of us overnight is the longest period of fasting we experience. Try getting up a bit earlier and eating immediately ...Read more

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Why I do have headache every time I woke up late from sleep?

Why I do have headache every time I woke up late from sleep?

TMJ, sleep disorder: 2 most common possibilities. TMJ disorder or sleep apnea. Start with your MD. If negative for sleep apnea, see a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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When I wake up, I have a headache? I so sleep at least 8 hours..

When I wake up, I have a headache? I so sleep at least 8 hours..

Cause could: Be many things. This could be a daily headache, migraine variant or related to the way you sleep.
Your question is very vague and has many possilbilites. See your doc for a step by step plan to figure out the problem. Note this also could be related to meds.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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What I sleep a lot, sometimes I get headaches. What causes this?

What I sleep a lot, sometimes I get headaches. What causes this?

Sleep: Too much or too little of many things can be bad. Studies have shown that too much sleep can be as bad as too little in certain circumstances. How much you need is very specific to the individual. ...Read more

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What causes a headache so strong to wake you up from your sleep?

What causes a headache so strong to wake you up from your sleep?

Many: Some people are afflicted by migraines that come out of sleep. Occasionally people also have cluster headaches. Obstructive sleep apnea and the oxygen deprivation that can occur with sleep apnea can also trigger headaches. You may want to get this checked out. ...Read more

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Why the most times I woke up from evening sleep have a headache?

Why the most times I woke up from evening sleep have a headache?

Maybe: Causes of a headache include sleep apnea and clenching your teeth at night. I would suggest seeing a dentist or physician that can deal with these issues or other causes of headaches. ...Read more

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What can you do to stop headaches without medicene or without sleep?

What can you do to stop headaches without medicene or without sleep?

Headaches: Try avoiding known triggers of your headaches and emphasize removing stress from your life. Relaxation techniques including meditation and yoga are often helpful. Make sure you get your normal amount of sleep but headaches can occur with too little sleep and even too much sleep. Massages of the neck and scalp are often helpful. ...Read more

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I've been getting a headache for the past month or so and can't really sleep that good. What's this mean?

I've been getting a headache for the past month or so and can't really sleep that good. What's this mean?

Head aches: Get the headache assessed and treated if over the counter meds have not helped you, as the headache itself can cause sleep issues, which it appears you are having too. Best wishes. ...Read more