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Why does the location of my headache shift when I move my head?

Other symptoms?: Worsening headache with lying flat can result from accumulation of excess water in the brain (condition causing poor cerebrospinal fluid-csf flow). Worsening headache with standing can result from abnormal leakage or escape of csf. Would get checked by your doctor. ...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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I've been having a headache for a couple of weeks. Why? It isn't there constantly but when I move my head fast sometimes, it hurts slightly?

I've been having a headache for a couple of weeks. Why? It isn't there constantly but when I move my head fast sometimes, it hurts slightly?

Sinus or dehydration: The two types of HA affected by motion and the most commonly missed causes of headache are sinus infection and dehydration. The brain is supported by suspensory ligaments that contain all of the actual sensory nerves inside your skull. Typically your brain floats but with dehydration there is increased tension on these ligaments and it hurts. However In your case I'd suspect sinus infection. ...Read more

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I have a headache where every time i move my head suddenly, it hurts. How to treat this headache without taking pills?

Eat: If you haven't eaten for awhile, you may get a headache from having low blood sugar. Our brain needs blood sugar to function properly. If you eat something, you're blood sugar will go up and most likely your headache will go away. Some people experience headaches if you do not eat carbs for the same reason. Our brains love to use carbs for energy. Try a snack to see if the headache goes away. ...Read more

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I have headache in the back sides of my head and top of my neck. It gets very intense when I move my head too quick or bend down quickly (2 weeks)?

I have headache in the back sides of my head and top of my neck. It gets very intense when I move my head too quick or bend down quickly (2 weeks)?

Headaches=Stressed: Tense and tight muscles will active and driving pain. Your treatment is pamper yourself and your muscles: Start self-care with a wellness program of Vits, Magnesium supp, sleep hygiene, exercise, massage, yoga, stretching, hand-on PT. Epsom tub soaking. In my 32 yrs as a doctor modified versions of acupuncture/trigger points inj are a godsend to my patients who have aches, pains and tension. ...Read more

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I experience a sharp almost headache like pain covering the left side of my head when i move my head a certain way. Do i need to see a doctor?

I experience a sharp almost headache like pain covering the left side of my head when i move my head a certain way. Do i need to see a doctor?

Depends: Depends on how long it has been going on, whether other head/neck/arm symptoms, and whether it is getting worse. Likely due to a pinched nerve in the neck that gets irritated with certain neck movements. At your age, usually not arthritic. Physical therapy or chiropractic could help, but wise to be checked out first before trying anything other than some gentle neck stretching exercises. ...Read more

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The middle left side of my brain hurts. I've never had headaches. This has been going on for 2 weeks. It happens when I move my head or stand. ?

The middle left side of my brain hurts. I've never had headaches. This has been going on for 2 weeks. It happens when I move my head or stand. ?

Need an exam: Most headaches are due to stress/tension or migraine. Serious causes of headaches are much less common BUT New onset headaches is alway of concern and may prompt ordering an MRI to be sure nothing serious is causing them. Don't waste too much time searching for an online answer, it will only serve to delay the proper diagnosis. **Please see your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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For 3 days I have this headache in left part of head. It is only noticeable when i move my head. But as I have fatigue and nausea I am worried?

For 3 days  I have this headache in left part of head. It is only noticeable when i  move my head. But as I have fatigue and nausea I am worried?

Nedd info on neuro s: If the Headache is persistant on one side without light sensitivity, this may represent persistant migraine .However opthalmic exam is needed and if abnormal further workup would be appropriate by a Neurologist ...Read more