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About the symptom

Continuous 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

  • Migraine

    A type of headache that usually presents as throbbing, pulsating pain on one side of the head, sometimes with associated nausea or sensitivity to light and sound. Sometimes, sensory disturbances, such as vision changes (seeing flashing lights or zigzag lines), can occur before the headache. The pain may worsen on exposure to bright lights or wild noise. Triggers for migraine include stress, poor sleep, caffeine, and hormonal changes in women.

  • Sleep disorder

    Sleep disorders are conditions that affect the quality, timing or duration of your sleep, impacting your ability to function when you are awake. There are many types of sleep disorders, they include disturbances in the quality or quantity of sleep or excessive daytime sleepiness, abnormal behaviors that occur during sleep, sleep disorder related to a mental disorder and many more.

  • Tension headache

    A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

  • Common cold (upper respiratory tract infection)
  • Dengue fever
  • Viral mucositis

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have pain around your temples?

  • Do you have pain around your forehead?

  • Have you had severe headaches with deep pain in the eyes more than once a week over last 1-2 months?

  • Do you have pain behind your head?

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