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Diagnosing a headache in the center of the head

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I have been suffering from bad headaches recently, started approx one month ago with headaches in the middle of my head - felt like somone was drilling down into the middle of head! They stopped for a while but now they are occuring again, this time mainly over the forehead and eyes. My head feels very heavy all the time. I had my eyes checked around 6 months ago and wear glasses for driving, I am having no vision problems either. I cannot think of any reason why i would suddenly be getting them. I exercise twice a week and eat moderately healthily. My mum does have a history of migraines and I have had a couple, but these headaches dont feel like migraines. I am taking ibuprofen/paracetamols but these dont touch the headache. Any advice would be much appreciated as they are beginning to driving me crazy! Thank You.


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replied September 18th, 2009
Headache and Migraines Answer A7282
A headache in the center of the head as though someone is drilling something into it can be due to various causes. Migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, etc., should all be looked into. However, there are two other possibilities that you should explore.


One is a dental ache as in an exposed root canal. This causes shooting unbearable pain or a drilling pain that appears to arise from the center of the head or from the ear. Hence, a dental checkup is a must. The second possibility is an internal ear pain. Again it is the same as dental pain. Consult an ENT specialist for this.


The third possibility is a brain tumor. You would need to consult a neurologist. However, it is unlikely as you do not seem to have any other neurological symptoms. Certain tumors present themselves first with only a headache. The neurologist would also be able to diagnose migraines, tension headaches, or cluster headaches.


Please consult your doctor regarding this as a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given over the internet.
Hope this helps. Take care!





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