Full Question: I have never had a problem with headaches before but the past week now out of the blue I started getting real bad headaches on one side of my head that come and go 3 to 4 times a day. I take pain relievers it goes away for a couple of hours and then its back again. I’m 42 yrs old and my doctor says its hormonal changes but could it be caused from something else. Karen.
Your headaches could be any number of things. Coming and going three to four times a day makes it sound less likely to be hormonal, but even if your headaches are hormonally triggered, you deserve treatment and relief. We cannot diagnose via the Internet, so find a doctor who is willing to take the time and make the effort to get you properly diagnosed. Without knowing more about your symptoms, it’s difficult to suggest topic of discussion for you and your doctor, but Migraines and cluster headaches are good starting points.
Something you need to be aware of is that taking pain relievers more than two or three days a week can add to your problems by causing medication overuse headaches, aka rebound headaches. Please take a look at Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires.
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Last updated November 20, 2007.
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