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Full Question: I am 30 years old. For the past two years, I have been waking up with terrible headaches (about 85% of the time). The pain is felt all over the head in that it is not localized to one area. I wonder if it could be a muscular problem because my headaches are tender to the touch. If I touch my head, there are sensitive areas all over. By mid morning, my headaches are just annoying - not so intense. I don't typically medicate for these headaches as it really hasn't helped in the past. I do not think it is related to caffeine withdraw or teeth grinding at night. And the eye doctors don't see any pressure problems in my eyes. I do experience some stress with my job. On really bad days, the pain extends into my spine in my middle upper back. Any suggestions on how to alleviate this problem? Is it probably related to muscle tension? Amy. Answer: Dear Amy; Many so-called tension type-headaches can be migraines, in reality. Plus, tension-type headaches can trigger Mig...
I wake up ever morning with a real bad headache in the back of my eyes and back of my neck and its a pounding feeling all day long had it for about a week now and wont go away if after i take something for it. nealie.
The most common triggers for waking with a Migraine or headache are sleep issues:
too much sleep
too little sleep
poor quality sleep
irregular sleep schedule
There's information on this in our video Migraines, Headaches, and Sleep .
That said, you need to see your doctor for a diagnosis and any treatment that may be necessary. As much as we'd like to help and answer your question, the only person who can do that is a doctor who can review your and your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and conduct a complete examination. Nobody can diagnose via the Internet.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Introduction Most people have had headaches. There are many different kinds of headaches, and they range from being an infrequent annoyance to a persistent, severe, and disabling medical condition. Brain tissue itself does not generate sensations of pain, so the brain is not what hurts when you have a headache. Rather, the pain occurs in some of the following locations: The tissues covering the brain The attaching structures at the base of the brain Muscles and blood vessels around the scalp, face, and neck Doctors categorize headaches as either primary or secondary. The category helps to distinguish the many different kinds of headaches and to determine right treatments for each. Primary and Secondary Headaches A headache is considered primary when it is not caused by another medical condition or disease. Most primary headaches fall into three main types: tension-type, migraine, and cluster headaches. Tension-type headache is the most common primary headache and accounts for 90% of all headac...
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