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...
When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Secondary Headache Disorder .
Secondary Headache Disorder: headache caused by another illness or disorder.
Cervicogenic headache is an example of a Secondary Headache Disorder .
You can read more about the Secondary Headache Disorder cervicogenic headach...
Full Question: I have been getting headaches every day and all day long for many years. They never go away. There has never been a week in my life where I don't have a headache, and they are getting worse as I get older , and I am only 17 years old. Is this something I should be very concerned about? Chelsea. Answer: Dear Chelsea; Have you seen a doctor for your headaches? If not, why not? Unexplained headaches should always be checked out by a doctor. There's no way for anyone to say if you should be concerned until you find out what type of headaches these are and what's causing them. Are you taking pain relievers for these headaches? If so, they could be making matters worse by causing headaches called medication overuse headaches or rebound headaches. See Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires for more information. Please see your doctor. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert If you need to find a headach...
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