A severe, recurring, and throbbing headache, usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, is called a migraine. It generally affects only one side of the head. Hormonal changes, stress, depression, anxiety, insufficient sleep, dehydration, and strong smells can trigger a migraine.

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I had menstrual migraines for years and also suffered from PCOS. Can I continue taking the 90-day BCP pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffered from debilitating menstrual migraines (with aura) for years and also suffered from PCOS. About eight years ago, they became so bad that I began taking the 90-day BCP. They immediately stopped, and I have not had one since. However, I now see a GP, and she recently heard that wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) are hormones with long-term and short-term side effects and have some contraindications as well. It can result in unscheduled bleeding, irregular periods, migraine, hyper...  Read Full »

When I wake up, I experience pain in my temples. Could this be sinus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been struggling with this for almost three years. However, I am encouraged that the vast majority of symptoms are gone. I no longer have pain, pressure, congestion, post nasal drip, and cough. I am still struggling with my sense of smell. However, it has been improving intermitten...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Symptoms around the temples are doubtful to be related to the sinuses. Yes, there could be a tension headache or migraine if there has been teeth grinding or bruxism in sleep as it causes some temporary spasm of the temporalis muscle around ...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and migraine, along with vaginal discharge, which is yellow. Is it due to birth control pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing fatigue, slight light-headedness, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea for the past three days. The first day, I woke up with a pounding migraine that lasted the whole day until the next morning. I have also noticed that I am not bleeding normally during my pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. However, as per your description, these symptoms could be due to hormonal imbalances caused by pills. Once you stop the pill, periods usually resume within a month, but sometimes, menstruation takes time,...  Read Full »

I have recurrent shooting headaches five years after a traumatic brain injury. Kindly help me.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had persistent, recurrent headaches and shooting head pains due to a concussion from a traumatic brain injury, that I acquired five years back. The doctor has described my headaches as tension-type headaches, I have pain behind the eyes mainly, but it can be on the top of the head...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know few more details about your problem. Since when you started to have this problem? Did it start immediately after the accident? Or it started after some gap? In which part of the head do you have headaches mostly? Is it only behind the eyes? ...  Read Full »

What should I do for throbbing headache due to long working hours?

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up with a throbbing headache. Previously I was alright before going to sleep which was around 2 AM. Lately, I have been sleeping very late due to working at home for long hours. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from throbbing headaches during waking up. Headache which is throbbing in nature may result from the dilation of blood vessels from increased blood flow. Headache is very common in ev...  Read Full »

Why am I seeing flashes of light in side vision?

Query: Hello doctor, Sometimes I see flashes of light as kind of line in the side vision. That too where more light focus is there on the walls, etc. That too if I observe clearly.  Read Full »

Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Such flashes of light can be seen in a number of different conditions. A retinal examination will be able to rule out the more dangerous ocular cause-retinal detachment. Usually, such flashes can be seen in posterior vitreous detachment, which is a benign age-related...  Read Full »

I have a throbbing headache on the left side. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a throbbing pressure pain on the left side of my head for three days now. It is between my upper ear and temple and going about an inch up my head.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there any chord like swelling which is palpable in the temple? Is it associated with visual disturbances like block out and jaw pain, especially during chewing?If any of the above is yes, then you need to visit local ER (emergency room) to rule out giant cell arteritis...  Read Full »

Can a combination of Aleve and Goody's induce stomach upset?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had a migraine, so I took two tablets of Aleve. It did not work, so I took Goody's powder, but the pain was still there, so I took another one. The migraine pain has gone, but my stomach seems to be upset.  Read Full »

Dr. Jeremy David O' Kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry to hear about your headache. Aleve (Naproxen) and Goody's powder (combination of Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Caffeine) both contain NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Piroxicam, Diclofenac, etc. Although NSAIDs ...  Read Full »

Does opiate withdrawal cause nausea, low BP, muscle pain and urea smell?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old female recovering from eating disorder. My BMI is 16. I am suffering from clinical depression and GAD. I was diagnosed by a neurologist with migraines approximately two years ago, and have been on Lyrica 75 mg twice daily. Recently, I started having trouble swallowi...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is fine to stop Lyrica (Pregabalin). In my opinion, your symptoms could be related to a panic attack, probably caused by Topiramate adverse effects. Besides, as Topiramate can also cause kidney dysfunction. So, I strongly agree with your doctor on stopping it. On the oth...  Read Full »

What causes a positive after-image?

Query: Hello doctor,I have health anxiety and migraines. I have started seeing after-images quite frequently, especially when inside and looking outside to a road or across the road. I am blinking and seeing a positive after-image for less than a second. This is extremely worrying for me as I am unsure why...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. Your symptoms are most likely due to migraine which cause severe headache, mainly on one side that lasts for few hours (up to 72 hours) may be associated with other features like limb numbness, nausea, photophobia, and other different sym...  Read Full »

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