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Daily headaches and nausea

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I always get really bad headaches, like migraines. I get a headache every single day though. not one day will pass without me having a headache. whether it be throbbing or normal headache. I also feel sick sometimes at night, i have taken pregnancy tests and al are negative. Like for instance tonight right as i was eating i started feeling sick and i dontknow why . my dad ate the same thing and feels fine. could you please help me figure out what is wrong and what i need to do. thank you

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replied March 4th, 2010
Nausea Answer A10420
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Since you have a headache almost daily, what you have is in all probability not a simple migraine but a chronic daily headache (CDH). This can be the primary type—without any cause.

One simple reason for daily headaches with nausea is compression of cervical spinal nerves. Another reason is TMJ, especially if the headache starts with chewing. The third reason could be severe acidity with or without GERD. The CDH could also be secondary to trauma, raised intracranial hypertension, high blood pressure, temporal arteritis etc.

If the headache lasts for less than 4 hours then it could be a chronic cluster headache or a chronic paroxysmal hemicranias. If it lasts for more than 4 hours it could be chronic tension headache, chronic migraine or altered migraine or hemicranias continua.

Since a confirmed diagnosis cannot be given on net please discuss these possibilities with your doctor once. You may need some tests for confirmed diagnosis which may include blood tests, MRI etc. You may also need to consult a neurologist. Hope this helps. Take care!

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