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Headache Triggers include fluorescent lights and some foods

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I am a 19-year old male, and I have been getting severe headaches several times a week for a few years now. I have been to a doctor who said it was a sinus infection, and after antibiotics, nothing changed. I went to another who was both a doctor and a chiropractor, and he said my skull was not in alignment with my top vertebrae. After adjustment, no change.

My symptoms:
Extreme pain in the temple area of the left side of my head, and the severity of it fluctuates whenever I breathe in through my left nostril.
Pain in the roof of my mouth, sometimes the back of my throat.
Pain behind my ear.
Pain in the back of my neck on the left side that massages actually cause to increase.
I cannot lay down with the headaches.
I cannot sleep with the headaches.
I wake up in the middle of the night with them.
Often extreme pressure in my head as well, behind forehead, in nose, in ear.
Triggers include fluorescent lights and some foods (with no pattern or specific ingredients.) Is this bad?

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replied October 5th, 2011
Headache and Migraines Answer A27366

Welcome to the ehealthforum and thanks for posting on it. Your symptoms are suggestive of sinus headaches. Sinus headaches are caused by sinus congestion and inflammation (called sinusitis).

The sinuses are air-filled spaces lined with mucous membranes surrounding the forehead, cheeks and eyes. Healthy sinuses allow mucus to drain and air to circulate throughout the nasal passages. When sinuses become inflamed, these areas get blocked and mucus cannot drain. This lack of proper sinus drainage can lead to infection.

Diagnosis can be made by examination, transillumination, xrays, a CT scan, or an MRI.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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