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Why does my head hurt when I cough?

Why does my head hurt when I cough?

Cough headache: There are a couple of possibilities. Coughing can raise the pressure inside your head, which can cause pain sometimes. There is also a poorly-understood entity called the "primary cough headache, " that is associated with coughing, straining, laughing, crying, etc. Here's an interesting link on the topic. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/primary-cough-headaches/ds00639. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Why does the left side of my head hurt when I cough or laugh?

Why does the left side of my head hurt when I cough or laugh?

Maybe sinus: Possibly you have sinus congestion and when you do these things, your sinus blockage/congestion is being aggravated. ...Read more

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I have had bad headache all day. Why would by head hurt when I cough?

I have had bad headache all day. Why would by head hurt when I cough?

Head hurt & cough: Think of when you went to a country fair as a child and there was a game where you slammed a big sledge hammer onto one end a small seesaw and the other end made a weight rise and hopefully made a bell ring. When you cough hard enough you start a pressure wave of spinal fluid up your spinal column up to your brain (the bell) and you feel the headache. So sorry! ...Read more

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I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough. Laugh. Sneeze. Yell?

I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough. Laugh. Sneeze. Yell?

Sinus headache: It sounds like you may have a sinus type headache. No wonder your CT of the head is negative. I believe a ct of the Osteomeatal unit - sinuses would be positive and could reveal some thickening in the sinuses or fluid levels. See an ENT. Most have this scanner in their offices. Take care. ...Read more

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Why does the front of my head hurt so much when I cough? Is this serious?

Why does the front of my head hurt so much when I cough? Is this serious?

Sinusitis?: This symptom could indicate a possible sinus infection. You should have it checked out. May need antibiotics. ...Read more

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My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

Need to see doctor: Cough headaches are usually a benign condition however sometimes they can be a sign of other problems inside your brain. You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Comments: Would suggest you likely have either an upper respiratory tract infection or asthma, and this could readily be controlled. The cough probably exacerbates the neck which triggers the headaches. All of this could readily be addressed by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

See below: You may have an irritated disc or joint in your neck. Coughing and sneezing increases the pressure in the discs of your neck which may suggest this is coming from your disc more than the joints or muscles. Neck pain can cause muscle spasms that refer pain to the back of the head often causing headaches. See your physician if symptoms don't improve within 1 week. ...Read more

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Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

? Sinusitis: Kindly see your doctor to rule out sinus problems, infection or chronic inflammation, s/he may refer you to an ENT or an allergist given that you have chronic cough as well, best wishes ...Read more

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How do I know if I've got the flu? I woke up this morning sore all over fever no grater than 100.9 runny nose cough and my face and head hurt

How do I know if I've got the flu? I woke up this morning sore all over fever no grater than 100.9 runny nose cough and my face and head hurt

Sounds like it: Sure sounds like influenza. First, if you didn't receive a flu vaccine, it raises the possibility. There is a test for influenza, so if you're worried about other possibilities, you should have that done. However, even tamiflu, (oseltamivir) an antiviral drug, won't do much to curtail the symptoms. Contact your doc if you think there may be more to this, like pneumonia or asthma. ...Read more

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A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

A bit sick. Somewhat irritated scratchy throat. My head hurt when I bend my head toward ground. Dry cough. Slight pain where scapula is? Not strep.

Viral: If you have had a throat swab and it was negative for both the quick id and throw culture then this is most likely a viral illness. It even could be the flu. ...Read more

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High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

High temperature, sore throat, stiff neck, sweats headache behind eyes and back of head. It throbs when I stand up from bed but subsides. Hurts when cough.

Sounds a lot: Like INFLUENZA (FLU!!!!) Drink lots of fluids, takes Aspirin or Acetominophen for the fever and REST!

If symptoms continue or worsen...Call your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for advice and possibly a hands on examination!
Good Luck BE WELL!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

I have a runny nose slight headache heavy chest and it hurts to cough what kind of cold is this?

Cold, flu: This is the season for colds, flu, bronchiis, sinusitis. Go to for treatment options www. Cdc. Gov/getsmart. ...Read more

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Watering rt eye. Headache on rt side. Strange feeling in rt temple area. Cough. Eyes hurt to move. Had this for several months. Ideas?

Watering rt eye. Headache on rt side. Strange feeling in rt temple area. Cough. Eyes hurt to move. Had this for several months. Ideas?

See a Dr.: Your symptoms could be caused by a variety of trigger. I would see a dr. You will need to have a thorough history, exam and possible tests. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts on the right side. Know I have a stuffy nose, headache, and a cough. What should I do? Is this serious. I just had my monthly thing.

My stomach hurts on the right side. Know I have a stuffy nose, headache, and a cough. What should I do? Is this serious. I just had my monthly thing.

We can not say if: We can not say if it is serious without detailed history and Physical Exam. You may have a vieal URI causind cough, stuffy nose and headache or a spring time allergy
Check with your doctor ...Read more

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Have a stuffy nose, hurts mildly to breathe, and dry cough severe headache what should I do? No insurance and can't afford a doctor

Have a stuffy nose, hurts mildly to breathe, and dry cough severe headache what should I do? No insurance and can't afford a doctor

Run it by our doctor: Perhaps, you should put in a formal consult on this site, to see what we can do for you. You may have a sinus infection. We can call in antibiotics for example. ...Read more

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Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do?

Today I woke up with a tight dry cough and a horrible taste in my mouth now my whole upper back hurts like body ache and headache what can I do?

Acid Reflux: Your symptoms are Classical symptom suggestive of GastroEsophageal acid reflux and when you lie flat at night the acid can come up to the back of throat and make you cough.Pain and hurt in the back can be caused by the cough. Have you had any past symptoms of acid reflux like heartburn at times after eating a big fatty meal, orange juice, alcohol etc. I suggest you get it checked by your Doctor ...Read more

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I have had a cold for a min now stuffy nose headache itchy eyes chest hurt and a cough but everything is gone except the cough and I urine on my self?

I have had a cold for a min now stuffy nose headache itchy eyes chest hurt and a cough but everything is gone except the cough and I urine on my self?

See your doc: Sounds like you are over a cold but the cough remains. Coughing hard often can cause women to leak a little urine when coughing. This should stop when the cough goes away.
If you are coughing up phlegm, are short of breath or just not getting better, see your doctor. You may have bronchitis and require an antibiotic prescription to recover more quickly. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or allergies? Green mucus from nose, small cough, sinus headache, sinus hurts, runny nose. Allergy or cold?

How do I know if I have a cold or allergies? Green mucus from nose, small cough, sinus headache, sinus hurts, runny nose. Allergy or cold?

Timing: Cold: Low-grade fever, poor appetite, fatigue, symptoms among close contacts in the previous week.
Allergies: Itching, sneezing spells, maybe seasonal, helped by antiihistamine. Family history of same.
Either condition can lead to bacterial sinusitis if there has been nasal congestion for >10 days.

These are just generalizations. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Do I have pneumonia? It hurts so bad in my chest ribs & lungs when I breathe I have a bad cough runny nose sore sinus cavaties & a horrible headache

Not necessarily: Not necessarily. Do you have a fever? How long have you had your symptoms.
Sometimes heavy coughing can cause pain in your chest or rib cage. ...Read more

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Slight headache for 2 days. Today sudden chest congestion, needing to blow my nose, throat feels thick when I swallow, cough, tight chest, hurts to cough?

Slight headache for 2 days. Today sudden chest congestion, needing to blow my nose, throat feels thick when I swallow, cough, tight chest, hurts to cough?

Flu: Sounds like you are catching some viral infection. You need some otc decongestant, however if the symptoms do not subside in one week, see your doctor. ...Read more

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