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.

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_**](http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/123/77700/video-migraines).

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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