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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. 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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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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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more