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Thursday, October 21, 2010 Eryq S, Community Member, asks

Q: Severe, sharp headache and possible sinus problems

I've had a severe, sharp headache every day for the past 3 weeks now...every day, sometimes ALL day. It starts above/around the back of my right eye, goes to the top of my head and behind my right ear and neck. 

At first, I thought it might be a sinus infection, but since it goes to the top of my head on the right side, and stays there, I'm thinking otherwise, plus, like I said, it's been 3 weeks and running now... Tylenol has suppressed the pain, but not for long... What is this, and how can I make it stop???

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
10/27/10 2:30pm

Hi Eryq S,

 A diagnosis can only be provided by a doctor who can review your medical history, your family's medical history, discuss your symptoms, and conduct a complete exam in person. Have you spoken with your doctor yet? That would be the first thing to do.


By taking Migraine abortive meds such as triptans or any kind of pain meds (over-the-counter, or prescribed) more than two days a week, a big part of your problem may well be medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this. If you're in an MOH situation, nothing you take is going work, neither prescription nor "natural" medications nor over-the-counter. If that's the case, you need to work with your doctor to stop the medications causing the problem.


Self diagnosis, or even an old diagnosis of "sinus headaches" are many times incorrect. Continue reading more in Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine.


Good luck


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