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What causes headaches and what kind of headache is this?

I have had a headache since about 1pm. I keep forgetting to take something for it but yet is hasn't gone on its own.

My headache is on the top of my head no in the back more toward the front.

Tension-type headaches affect almost everyone at some point. Those that happen occasionally are just that: occasional headaches. Some people, however, have tension-type headaches just about every day, and these are considered to be chronic. Headache symptoms for tension-type headaches usually include pressure or muscle tension on both sides of the head or back of the neck; the pain is usually constant, not sharp or throbbing. Many people describe them as like having a band squeezed around their head.Hormone headaches are menstrual headaches that may start before your period is due or while you’re menstruating. Migraines are often associated with menstruation, and symptoms include sharp, throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, and even touch.Cluster headaches affect men more often than women. They are extremely intense, very severe headaches that last between 30 and 45 minutes; you can have several in one day. They usually come on with no warning, catching people by surprise. The pain is piercing and usually located on one side of the head, often around the eye. People also report teary eyes on the affected side and sinus congestion. The headaches will recur over a period of time, almost always on the same side, and are followed by a headache-free period of varying length.Migraines are often put in a class by themselves because of the intensity of the pain and the overall effect they have on the body. For some people, migraine symptoms include auras, which are symptoms that occur before the pain hits. The auras can be visual (seeing lines or spots) or they can cause motor or verbal disturbances. “It’s estimated that 50 million people in the United States have migraine,” says Dr. Herzog. However, most do not have migraine with aura.  (+ info)

What to do if we have prolonged headache after hitting our head?

My friend hit her head on a tree forcefully. It swells on that area and she had a headache. After 2 days swelling is gone but she had headache. Since the day she hit she is having the headache. Now it's more than a month and even now she had the headache. What should she do? Is it critical?
Will it be dangerous?

That is just a little case of whiplash where the muscles in the neck got tight from trying to keep the head straight while the tree wanted to place her head in another place. Once she releases the muscles in her neck the headache will be gone. Here is how to release the muscles:
For your neck:
place your hand alongside your head and push your thumb in under your ear and place it on the muscle there. Take your fingers and place them on the back of your neck on the muscles there. Press them together and hold a good amount of pressure on them. Then relax, take a deep breath and exhale. After 30 seconds you should be feeling the muscle going limp under the pressure. Continue to hold until the entire muscle has gone limp, then lean your head forward as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your head there for another 30 seconds.
If all the pain doesn't go away at first, she should try doing it one more time.  (+ info)

Why do I get a headache right as I start drinking alcohol?

Ever since I went on a HUGE binge, I now get a headache right after I take my first swallow of hard alcohol. I don't get it from beer, only hard alcohol. I could drink beer all night long without getting a headache, but right as I drink hard A, there it is. Before my HUGE binge, I could drink hard A fine without getting a headache.

Many people get migraines from alcohol..hard to believe right?. The clue is it is happening just after drinking..a bad throbbing headache, nausea. Some hard alcohols also have additives now which could be the problem if beer isn't causing this.

Believe it or not, binging can cause brain damage at a microscopic level. Your brain is now irritated to some degree and cannot tolerate what it could before. If this really bothers you see your doctor and tell them this.

The obvious answer here is...why do you want to inflict brain damage on yourself? Not to mention the liver..  (+ info)

what physical disorders can cause anxiety?

Hi, I would like to know which disorders cab cause anxiety because I have weird headaches and pressure feelings that make me anxious but I don't know if its the anxiety that causes all my symptoms or if the symptoms a caused by something else that causes my anxiety...thanks

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What causes a headache in the same spot above an eye?

What could possibly cause this kind of a headache...It's usually in one spot above the right eye. This has been going on for about 9 months now and the headaches come randomly about 3-4 times a week (doesn't seem to be caused because of change in weather). The pain is usually sharp just in that area. Could this be serious or is it just a normal thing to deal with? What can cause this and what can be done to prevent it other then to drink pills?

Most headaches around the eyes are one of two types - either migraine, or sinus headache; you may be able to determine which one it is likely to be by the following:

A migraine headache is virtually entirely on one side of the head; it is often accompanied by nausea, and sensitivity to light and/or sound. Some people experience an "aura" shortly before the migraine begins; it can be visual, auditory, or even olfactory (sense of smell). A migraine is often helped by being in a cool, dark room, and often disappears after a period of sleep. The causes of migraines are not fully understood, but there are prescription medications that can help; ibuprofen helps some people, but usually it doesn't do much. Some people also respond to medications or liquids containing caffeine.

Sinus headaches behave differently. Generally, the pain is on both sides of the face, and often worst near the cheekbones or around the eyes. Light or sound generally have little if any effect on the headache. Cool surroundings often make the sufferer feel worse; warm compresses or a heating pad often help. Sinus headaches generally respond well to ibuprofen or Tylenol, particularly if combined with sudafed/pseudoephedrine (like Tylenol Sinus formula or a similar medication).

If either one of these sounds familiar, then check with your doctor - particularly if it is a migraine, as the only really effective migraine medications are prescription-only preparations. Even if none of the above sounds familiar, it sounds to me like it's time to see your doctor. Good luck!  (+ info)

Is headache and backache a sign labor will start?

I am 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I have had an awful headache backache, diarrhea, nausea all day long. Can this be the start of labor?

I sure hope so! I'm 38 weeks 4 days pregnant, and have been having horrible back ache and headaches for the past week, and diarrhea and nausea for the past day or two.
It could be anytime, but then again, it could still be a few more weeks.  (+ info)

How come i get a headache sometimes when i smoke a cigar?

I only have a cigar once in a while. Less then once i month but when i do sometimes i might have 2 or 3. By the 2nd or 3rd one i dont get a headache. But on the first one i sometimes get a light headache that lasts about an hour. One time i even felt sick, kind of like hangover. I just didnt feel good. Theyre not the best cigars but not garbage, i got them at J & R in NYC.

Nicotine is both poisonous and a stimulant.

both effects can cause headaches

Switch over to pot

It can cure the ailments of nicotine  (+ info)

How do you relieve a headache without pain medication?

I have a terrible headache, and I am pregnant. The only thing that is safe to take during pregnancy is Tylenol, however I am allergic to Tylenol so I am pretty much screwed for the next 8 months. What can I do to help my headache?

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, always helped to relieve my headaches when there was no aspirin around.  (+ info)

What disorders/diseases could cause long headaches and occasional dizziness?

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How do vasoconstrictors relieve a vascular headache?

A vascular headache is a headache where blood vessel swelling or disturbance causes the pain.

Vasoconstrictors are supposed to help, but I'm not sure why or how.

They narrow the blood vessels, slowing the blood flow.  (+ info)

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