Headaches for 3 weeks, sinus, hard to sleep?

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    I have been having headaches off and on for about 3 weeks now. I suffer from bad sinus and I live in Ohio. I wake up with a headache, I go to bed with a headache. I have notice that it's very hard for me to go to sleep at night. At times it fills like someone has hit me up side the head until I take some aleve or something. However I have been under a lot of stress lately. Is this something I should rush to the er for? Annie.
              

     

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    Dear Annie;

     

    After three weeks of this, you should have seen your personal physician. Unexplained headaches should always be investigated, and your own doctor is the place to start. Unless it's a true emergency, the ER is one of the worst choices for headache diagnosis and treatment.

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    There are a couple of clues in your question that you need to mention to your doctor:

    • Sinus. Sinus headaches are very rare unless infection is present. Nearly 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are actually Migraines. You can read more about that in Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine.
    • Waking with a headache and your sleep. The most common triggers for waking with a headache or Migraine are sleep issues:
      • too much sleep
      • too little sleep
      • disrupted sleep
      • poor quality sleep
      • irregular sleep schedule

      There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep.

    We hope this information give you a starting point for a good discussion with your doctor.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: December 31, 2013