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by Imelda
(California, US)


I can't submit a question because I don't get headaches. I don't really know why, I just feel very fortunate that I am headache free.

I see people (family and friends) suffer with headaches and migraines and wonder what causes them and why I'm spared.

As I looked around your site, I realized that there are tons of things that can go haywire and make you end up with a headache. Now I feel even more fortunate to be spared, I hope it continues.

Imelda

P.S. I love your site, it's very professional, informative and pleasing to the eye.

Answer

Hi Imelda,

Thank you for the compliment. Many hours of work went into the site but I do feel it has become a good resource for patients and their families.

Feel free to mention it to those around you who have migraine headache symptoms.

"Haywire" is a good description! That's kind of what happens in the brain during a migraine..or at least that is how people feel.

Take care,
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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Friend With Headache

by Tim
(Greenwood, Indiana USA)

My girlfriend has been getting headaches in the upper part of her forehead for several weeks now. She's been taking tylenol on a daily basis because every other kind of medicine makes her stomach hurt.

She does not have a regular doctor yet since we moved, but I need some advice now on what else she could try besides all the usual OTC headache medicines. And does the particular area of where the headaches are located tell anything about what the cause of them may be?

I've been searching for an underlying condition, yet there are so many different types of headaches that it is overwhelming. She's 28 years old, a non-smoker, and average in weight, height, ect... Please send me some info so I can help her figure this out.

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely, Tim

Hi Tim,

A new onset of headache does need to be evaluated further. You are right there are too many different types of headaches to try and make a diagnosis this way.

I realize it takes some time to get into see a new primary care so try to find one and get and appointment. However, I do not think your friend should wait months to have this evaluated.

I would recommend that you take her to an urgent care center to start with, to at least be examined. Urgent care centers (walk in) are a bit easier to get into as versus an emergency room.

She does need to have causes of emergency headaches ruled out before treatment. This means a CT or MRI of the brain. Rarely aneurysms start with a headache that is the herald headache before the big bad one.

Good luck!
Mary Kay Betz MS RPA-C

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