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Hi Doctors, I find this site very helpful. It answers most of my questions regarding my health. Right now, I am just worrying about this headache I am feeling almost every time, everyday. Most of the time, the pain is hitting the right side of my head. Then, during bedtime & waking up in the morning, my head is aching all over and feel like it's numb. I am pulling my hair slightly just somehow to ease the pain. Sometimes I feel like vomiting & dizzy. I am also having this unnecessary/unwanted tingling motions/movements of my arms/hands. why is that and what could be the probable cause?
I know I am not an active person, and sometimes thinks too much of personal problems. Do these affect? Please help and give me advice on what to do, or any supplement I have to take. I am really suffering from this headache. Thank you very very much in advance.


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replied January 5th, 2010
Headache and Migraines Answer A8914


Given the symptoms you reported (pain in right side of head, numbness in the head, numbness, and dizziness), you might be experiencing a migraine.

A migraine is a neurological disorder with the symptoms you described. Headache (usually unilateral), nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or noise are common symptoms of migraines. Although there are many hypotheses about the cause of migraines, it is not defined yet. There are certain trigger factors that might initiate the migraine attack, and should be avoided, such as: bright light, loud noise, stress (both emotional and physical), tension headaches, and hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle, changes in sleep pattern, alcohol, and smoking. Food to avoid includes: chocolate, nuts, banana, citrus, dairy products.

Since the cause is not identified, the treatment usually includes analgesics, and antiemetics to prevent the nausea and vomiting.

You might want to visit your neurologist for a physical examination in order to exclude other more serious neurological conditions which might cause a headache.


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