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I have had a headache for over a week now.

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I have had a headache for over a week nearly two weeks now. My temples hurt - it feels like the pain that would be caused from biting down an gritting teeth (although I actually haven't been doing this). I have also been getting a tingling sensation going up the back of my head, starting from the nape and travelling upwards on random occassions. I am very tired for no real reason and actually fell asleep standing while on the train home last night. I have been drinking plenty of water, taking paracetamol, and getting at least 6-7 hours sleep a night (more on the weekend). Also FYI - no glasses or contacts, eye sight is fine. What do you suggest to stop the headache and tingling sensation?

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Doctors always need to ask lots of questions about the type of headache/pain to be able to work out if it is a serious or non-serious type of headache (such as a tension headache). Your doctor also needs to examine you neurologically and check your blood pressure.

Tiredness can be associated with lots of different illnesses and often blood tests need to be checked to rule out some simple causes (such as anaemia). I am not sure exactly what the tingling sensation could be, but it certainly warrants further examination and tests. In this situation I would not feel comfortable to advise you about any treatment without a diagnosis from a doctor first.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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