Headache/Migraine when reading? Every time I read, whether its a book, magazine, piece of paper or whatever, I seem to get a really painful headache that last more than 5 hours and sometimes last a day or two or more. What could be the cause or reason for this? Tony.
When was the last time you had your eyes examined? That’s the first step in figuring this out. If your eyes aren’t the problem, it’s time for an appointment with your doctor. If not your eyes, it could be a tension-type headache from your posture when you read.
Note that a headache isn’t a Migraine just because it’s severe. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, and Migraine attacks have symptoms other than headache. Is there a history of Migraine in your family? Your doctor will need to know this as Migraine is diagnosed by reviewing personal and family medical history, performing a complete examination, and ruling out other causes of the symptoms.
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