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why does my head hurt when i bend over

Dear Balloon Head,
When someone develops a new kind of headache, or has repeated headaches that haven't been explained, it's always wise to see a health care provider, who can help pinpoint a cause and hopefully provide reassurance that the headache doesn't represent some serious condition. About 90 percent of people have at least one headache every year, often with no apparent cause. Headaches can also occur as a chronic condition; migraine headaches are an example of this. Some headaches are symptomatic of some other medical condition, such as a sinus infection or high blood pressure. Least frequently, headaches can signal more serious conditions, such as brain tumors or abnormalities of the blood vessels in the brain or the brain structure. The sudden, but painful, headache that you describe has some characteristics of a sinus headache (the description of onset while bending over, and the pressure sensation you seem to be describing), and some characteristics of a positional, exertional, or cough headache (which can also be brought on by crying, singing, having a bowel movement, or other bouts of exertion). They can be quite painful, even though they usually only last 30 seconds to two minutes. Some people experience severe headaches following orgasm. Your health care provider will ask you questions to try to figure out what's causing your headaches.

For example: How old are you? Do you have any other known medical conditions? Do you take any medications? Do you have any other symptoms? Fever? Nasal drainage? Dizziness? Ringing in your ears? Face pain? Vision changes? Nausea? Sensitivity to light? Exactly where is your headache located? On one side of your head or on both sides? Exactly what activities prompt headache for you? You mention having had this same kind of headache in the past; when? How long did that go on? Your health care provider may recommend some testing to make sure that there isn't a serious cause for your headaches. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides detailed pictures of your brain that reveal the presence of most serious abnormalities. Once you and your health care provider are reassured that there isn't a serious underlying condition causing your headaches, there may be some helpful treatments available. If you do have a sinus infection, antibiotics can clear it up. If you're diagnosed with exertional headaches, you might be given some medicine to help prevent them. Some medications that are used for exertional headaches include indomethacin (an anti-inflammatory medication), ergotamine (a medication that is also helpful against migraines), or propanolol (a beta-blocker that is also used for high blood pressure and for migraine headaches).

Headache clinics are available at some hospitals. For more information, check out the web site. Hope you find more permanent relief soon. Alice! The most common type of headache is tension headache. It is likely caused by tight muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp, and jaw. A May be related to stress, depression, anxiety, a head injury, or holding your head and neck in an abnormal position. Tends to be on both sides of your head. It often starts at the back of the head and spreads forward. The pain may feel dull or squeezing, like a tight band or vice. Your shoulders, neck, or jaw may feel tight or sore. A involves severe pain. It usually occurs with other symptoms, such as vision changes, sensitivity to sound or light, or nausea. With a migraine: The pain may be throbbing, pounding, or pulsating. It tends to begin on one side of your head. It may spread to both sides. The headache may be associated with an aura. This is a group of warning symptoms that start before your headache. The pain usually gets worse as you try to move around. Migraines may be triggered by foods, such as chocolate, certain cheeses, or monosodium glutamate (MSG). Caffeine withdrawal, lack of sleep, and alcohol may also be triggers. Rebound headaches are headaches that keep coming back.

They often occur from overuse of pain medicines. For this reason, these headaches are also called medicine overuse headaches. People who take pain medicine more than 3 days a week on a regular basis can develop this type of headache. is a sharp, very painful headache that occurs daily, sometimes up to several times a day for months. It then goes away for weeks to months. In some people, the headaches never come back. The headache usually lasts less than an hour. It tends to occur at the same times every day. Sinus headache causes pain in the front of the head and face. It is due to swelling in the sinus passages behind the cheeks, nose, and eyes. The pain is worse when you bend forward and when you first wake up in the morning. Headaches may occur if you have a cold, the flu, a fever, or. Headache due to a disorder called. This is a swollen, inflamed artery that supplies blood to part of the head, temple, and neck area. In rare cases, a headache can be a sign of something more serious, such as: Brain infection, such as or, or Buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling ( Buildup of pressure inside the skull that appears to be, but is not a tumor ( Lack of oxygen during sleep ( Problems with the blood vessels and bleeding in the brain, such as (AVM), or

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