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How do you know if you have a secondary headache? (+10)?

im fourteen and ive been having really bad headaches, and my throat feels swollen (if that even has anything to do with it) is it possible that i can have a secondary headache? and what could it mean if you have a secondary headache?
thanks =)
10 points best answerrr!!!!
and if i head a secondary headache would it be painful?
because i get headaches for absolutly no reason at all at random times
but they arent that bad the worse they've gotten is like a 6 out 10
(ten being the most painful)

a secondary headache is symptom of a larger problem. a primary headache is just a headache. secondary headache could be indicative of are meningitis, cerebrovascular disease, infection, brain tumor, head trauma, diabetes, thyroid disease, glaucoma or withdrawal from painkillers.

i think you should see a doctor asap for an expert opinion especially because i found that neck swelling or stiffness is indeed a symptom of a secondary headache.

some other symptoms are fever and rashes

look at some of the cited sites for more info  (+ info)

Should eating disorders be taught in secondary schools?

Do you think that it should be taught from 13-17 year olds and what reasons why?

I'm asking because I'm trying to get my school to start teaching it in PSHE lessons and I need reasons why.
Depends if you are in the UK or London to be specific. Like should it be added in the curriculum.

Well, it's not on my curriculum

I live in Australia, and we have touched on the subject but not full into the details.

My friends in hospital atm now, with anorexia. Most of my year are beginning to find out. I wish they would educate, so they could understand what she is going through, so they don't judge as harshly.  (+ info)

Can depression cause secondary disorders?

Or is it that depression is triggered from others disorders? Please elaborate with examples and such.. Thanks in advanced

It can go both ways, sort of. People have Major Depression with Psychotic Features (hallucinations and delusions). It can also include anxiety and panic attacks. However, these other symptoms are generally considered to be a complication of the depression rather than a separate disorder in itself.

However, it seems like a "chicken and the egg" question because someone diagnosed with Major Depression with Psychotic Features might have the psychotic symptoms resolved as the depression is treated, or they may later be diagnosed with a true psychotic disorder such as Schizophrenia.

In that case, it seems more like the schizophrenia first manifested itself in the form of depression; not that "depression caused the schizophrenia."

Depression can also be part of another mental disorder such as Bipolar, or it can even be caused by a physical illness such as hypothyroidism, lupus or multiple sclerosis.  (+ info)

Can you develop bronchitis very suddenly or is it secondary from having a cold/flu first?

On Saturday night I suddenly came down with a sore throat and a headache, by the next morning I was very wheezy and had chills, muscle aches and developed a cough. Also extreme fatigue. I went to the doctor today and was told that I have bronchitis. Isn't bronchitis usually secondary to something else or can you develop it suddenly on its own? Also don't you usually get a fever with bronchitis?

Ha ha funny! Saturday night I came down with a sore throat/cough and a slight headache. No chills, but I'm extremely fatigue also. I feel like weights are hanging from my eye lids, even when I get 9 hrs sleep.

I've been feeling this way since Saturday. The doctor told met the same thing today, Bronchitis! I told him I wanted to be tested for Swine, he refused. Then I made a big fuss, so he had his nurse test me.

I hate to be the one to say it, but Bronchitis is not common this time of year. Your symptoms sound like swine flu, and it's spreading rapidly across the U.S. The good news is, over 99% of cases are fine. So, just keep yourself hydrated. If you feel worse go to an urgent care or the E.R. and get tested. But I would bet that's what it is. I have the same thing going on. I know how you feel.

I couldn't believe he tried to write it off as BRONCHITIS!!!!  (+ info)

Is it true that medicines prescribed by psychiatrists(for mental disorders) takes times to appear the result?

I have anxiety and phobia. Once I consuledt a psychiatrist because the next day I had an examination.The doctor told me that for that day's examination he couldn't do anything because the medicine take minimum one month to appear the result.
But If we take medicine for fever or headache it will take only hours to show the result.
What is the reason behind this?Is this true?

Okay, here's your answer. The antidepressants and stuff they give you to treat anxiety work slowly to change the biology of your brain. If it just changed your brain at once, the results wouldn't be pretty. It has to take place slowly or else it would seriously screw up your body, it would all go haywire from the shock. The medications DO have effects, but it takes time for it to appear and help. I have severe OCD, last year it was ruining my life, I was really depressed...It took a while for it to work, but antidepressants have really helped me, now about six months later, I am very much happy, content although my situation with a separate condition has actually gotten much worse, the medication has changed the biology of my brain in a way that helps my OCD, I'm no longer depressed, I can tell myself it's okay and believe that, I'm no longer miserable. I just take things as they come, it can be very difficult, but that's all I can do. I deal with severe Tourette's in addition to mood problems, Tourette's is physical, it makes my body do weird, scary and painful things, it makes my mouth say things I don't want to say. The reason the medications for a headache or whatever only change the biology of our bodily systems, that's very different than the biology of our brains. The body can take a lot of different things, but the brain is so delicate, so intricate, if you made a sudden change, it would start sending gobbled signals to your body and really screw you up.  (+ info)

What disorders and diseases are associated with migraine headaches?

Also if applicable can you list the other symptoms. I am looking for things to ask my doctor about next time I go in, because I found things to explain my other symptoms but not the migraines. The disease/disorder can be immune, autoimmune, deficiency, etc etc etc. Thank you!

I have an auto immune disease that can be a big cause of Migraines. It is Antiphospholipid syndrome.
You might also check out a site www.wrongdiagnosis.com.
There is an extensive symptom checker there and lots of info.
Good luck.  (+ info)

What type of headache is this and should i worry?

About 10 minutes ago i got this real bad headache and it feels like its on top of my head kind of pressure. Ive never gotten this type of headache (from what i can remember). I am 16 years old and a female who suffers from panic disorder, so please help me? is this something to worry about?

It's not a lot to worry about right now, you can release it and be pain free in less than a minute. Your neck muscles go all the way to the top of your head, they allow it to move. When one of those muscles gets tight you can feel that pain like that in your head. Once you release your neck muscles this pain will be gone. Here's how to release them:
Put your hands alongside your head so your thumbs are on the front of the muscle under your ear and your fingers are on the back of the muscle behind your head. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together and hold. Relax your body. After 45 seconds, slowly lower your head as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your neck lowered for another 30 seconds.
For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.  (+ info)

Advice for caring for someone with gastrointestinal disorders?

My wife has several diagnosed gastrointestinal disorders that, while treated, frequently cause her severe abdominal cramping/pain and nausea, and often tension headaches.

While we are still trying to get her effective medical treatment, is there any advice anyone has on home treatment/care I could provide to make things easier?

Thanks in advance!

Keep some ibuprofen on hand, it's an anti-inflammatory which will help. Make sure she takes it with food however, even if it's just a dry cracker. She can safely take 600 mg every 6-8 hours. Check with her doctor first in case her gastrointestinal issues won't allow her to take ibuprofen, he might prefer she use Tylenol. If these are ineffective talk to your local doctor about a mild muscle relaxer which will help to ease the cramps.

Make sure she drinks PLENTY of fluids, that's essential, and also get her a hot water bottle that she can hold across her abdomen. A fiber drink might help, but it depends upon the medical issue that she has. Peppermint tea is also good for nausea if she can tolerate it.

Hopefully you'll get some effective help soon. I wish you both the best.  (+ info)

What is the most effective headache medicine?

I've always just used Ibuprofen, but now it seems like it doesn't help with my headaches.

What brands do you find most effective?

Oh, and I have a blood disorder so aspirin is definitely out.

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How do you recover from secondary ammenorhea?

Recently, I've been dealing with disordered eating and a lot of exercise, and I've always been regular in my periods. I am fifteen, but my last period was 2 months ago and very light and crampless, then my period skipped. I'm trying to fix this disorder, but, if I eat healthy again, and gain some weight, will my periods come back in time? How much exercise should I continue to do?

I researched this for you — Amenorrhea (absence of menses) can be a transient, intermittent, or permanent condition resulting from dysfunction of the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovaries, uterus, or vagina. It is often classified as either primary (absence of menarche by age 16 years) or secondary (absence of menses for more than three cycles or six months in women who previously had menses). The menstrual cycle is susceptible to outside influences; thus, missing a single menstrual period is rarely important. In contrast, prolonged amenorrhea may be the earliest sign of a decline in general health or signal an underlying condition such as hypothyroidism.

The causes and diagnosis of secondary amenorrhea and a brief summary of treatment options are reviewed here. The etiologic and diagnostic considerations for oligomenorrhea are the same as for amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is discussed separately. (See "Etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of primary amenorrhea").

ETIOLOGY — Pregnancy is the most common cause of secondary amenorrhea. It may occur even in women who claim that they have not been sexually active or are positive that intercourse occurred at a "safe" time. It is also important to note that apparent menstrual bleeding does not exclude pregnancy, since a substantial number of pregnancies are associated with some early first trimester bleeding. Thus, a pregnancy test (measurements of serum or urinary human chorionic gonadotropin [hCG]) is recommended as a first step in evaluating any woman with amenorrhea.

A logical approach to women with either primary or secondary amenorrhea is to consider disorders based upon the levels of control of the menstrual cycle: hypothalamus, pituitary, ovary, and uterus. After excluding pregnancy, the most common causes of secondary amenorrhea are [1] :

Ovarian disease — 40 percent
Hypothalamic dysfunction — 35 percent
Pituitary disease — 19 percent
Uterine disease — 5 percent
Other — 1 percent
Hypothalamic dysfunction — One of the most common types of secondary amenorrhea is functional hypothalamic amenorrhea, which by definition excludes pathologic disease. Although rare, infiltrative diseases of the hypothalamus can cause secondary amenorrhea.

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