Headache on left side of head



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I have a question. How do I treat a severe left-sided headache?

I have had a severe left-sided headache for the past two to three days. I tried taking aspirin for it. I would get pain relief for only four to five hours after which the pain returns with a vengeance. This has been the case for the past three days. Not sure what to do….need help, desperately!!!!


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Hi there,

You might be suffering from a tight neck muscle. Try stretching your neck and apply ice packs to it. Taking a hot shower might also help. If these do not help, then I would advise you to seek a doctor’s help and possibly get a referral for a neurologist.

Taking aspirin won’t help since it is a blood thinner. It might be calming your nerves, but might not be addressing the pain at all.


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You might be suffering from sinusitis. Try an antihistamine or a decongestant. It should help. There are certain areas where the allergens are pretty bad these days, so your sinuses might have flared up if you were residing in these places. I would suggest seeing your GP and then go for a specialist referral. It is never good to ignore any pain, least of all head pain.


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I think @Best has hit the nail on the head. You might indeed be suffering from sinusitis. I have these type of headaches, and I always go for sinus medicines which you get in the dollar store. However, if the pain does not subside after 72 hours (which is the usual timeframe in my case), then it would be good to see a doctor and get prescription antibiotics, or you might end up in the ER in the dead of night.

One other suggestion, avoid going out for a few days (except to doctor of course) and stay away from dust.


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To get an answer to your question, try answering these:
  • Does odor trigger your headaches?
  • Do you feel nauseated when you get these headaches?
  • Do you get relief when you take rest in a dark room?
If your answer to all these questions is in affirmative, then my dear you are suffering from a migraine. Try taking Advil or Tylenol. Normally, the migraine would subside after 72 hours, but in some people, it might last for a day or two more. In case you are still suffering from headaches even after five days; then I would suggest visiting your doctor and getting a cervical MRI to determine the source of pain.

My only request would be not to ignore this pain.

Take care.


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I think your problem might be tension headaches, cluster headaches or migraines. The moot question is whether you get it regularly. If no, then you need not worry because it would subside over a period. Just relax and take it easy for some days. However, if you end up getting the headaches regularly and if these are waxing and waning, then it might require a neurologist.

I would suggest a small test. Just try and remember how your headache started. Was it due to any smell or food, excess or too little sleep, or persistent loud noise. If it was due to all or any one of these then what you have is a migraine, and there is no need to worry. There are medicines available that can treat these type of headaches.

On the other hand, if you have pain behind your eyes, pain which intensifies after some time, tight shoulder and neck muscles as well as sharp pain which usually gets worse by evening, then you might be having tension or cluster headaches. You can take Advil or Tylenol for immediate pain relief and in the long run practice relaxation techniques and avoiding triggers.

However, despite these measures, if your headache does not subside, then it is advised to meet your doctor to decide the next course of action.

I hope this helps.