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Full Question: I've had a headache, one sided, for about 10 days straight. I've been to the doctors before, they've all said tension headache, I had a cat scan in fall of 2006 which was clear, lately I feel like I've had some lightheadedness, a little dizziness. I've never vomited while having a headache but sometimes I think I may be having some nausea. I had pre diabetic numbers about a year ago but that number has come down, my recent random glucose was a 109. Could blood sugar have anything to do with the headaches/dizziness. I admit my job is stressful and I'm recently married. Is it okay to be taking pain relievers for 10 days in a row? Christie.
You raise a number of issues that really should be addressed by a doctor who has access to your full medical history and can examine you and discuss this in person. A few points...
Tension-type headaches are seldom one-sided. See Tension-Type H...
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Full Question: My mother has headaches frequently throughout the day. They come and go and are severe in onset. They last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and are located on the right side of her head. They are located behind her eye, behind her head (behind her ear) and come around under her jaw. Any idea what these could be sourced by? We were thinking they are due to allergies, but she has no relief when taking allergy medicine. She is 85 years old, has had periodic headaches in the past, but nothing this severe or consistent. Would appreciate your input on this. Thanks, Lee. Answer : Dear Lee; I would sincerely suggest getting Mom to a headache specialist. Your description sounds like a few potential types of headaches. One of these is called chronic paroxysmal hemicrania, but there is no way to be sure without hearing her describe it in detail and examining her. If you need the name of someone in your area, I'm sure Teri Robert can provide that.. Good luck, John Claude Krusz a...
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