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Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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About the symptom

Constant pain in the head. The pain may be sharp, throbbing, or a dull ache. There are many causes of headache, including stress, changes in eating or sleeping, and alcohol use.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Nausea / vomiting

  • Neck pain / stiffness

  • Photophobia

  • Fever

  • Seizure attack

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

Possible causes

  • Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome (DDS)

    Dialysis disequilibrium syndrome occurs when a group of neurological symptoms arise in patients on hemodialysis due to the sudden and rapid removal of urea, a waste product, from their blood. These symptoms include nausea, headaches, vomiting, and restlessness. More severe symptoms can lead to seizures and comas.

  • Benign exertional headache

    A harmless headache caused by physical exertion like intense exercise, sneezing, or straining during bowel movements. The exact cause is unknown, but it's thought to be related to blood vessel narrowing during physical activity.

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with a band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. Causes include physical stress, such as long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Cluster headache
  • Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis
  • Occipital neuralgia
  • Migraine
  • Hangover

Related serious diseases

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

    Carbon monoxide poisoning typically occurs from inhaling carbon monoxide (CO) gas at high levels. This gas can be caused by vehicle exhaust or gas leaks in a home or worksite. Large exposures can result in loss of consciousness, arrhythmias, seizures, or death.

  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombus

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have temple pain?

  • Do you have forehead pain?

  • Have you had frequent severe headaches with deep eye pain in the past 1-2 months?

  • Do you have pain at the back of your head?

Other Related Symptoms

Symptoms from similar body parts

References

  • Headaches

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/headaches/

Reviewed By:

Bret Mobley, MD, MS

Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Dr. Mobley graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completing a masters degree in neuroscience between his second and third years of medical school. He trained as a resident in pathology at Stanford University Hospital before joining the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tennessee in 2010. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018 and to Neuropathology Division Director in 2020.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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