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Why does the patient experience headaches and nausea after working on the computer for long hours?

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Published At January 19, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I hit my head on saturday. No sign of concussion. However, yesterday, after working at the computer, I had a headache and little nausea. At the emergency helpline, they told me not to go to the emergency room and that I needed to rest. I am not able to see my family doctor. Is it possible to get a medical ticket for this week? In my job, I use three computer screens all day and have to read standards and procedures. It is very demanding mentally.

Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

In online consultation, we doctors can not give official prescriptions or certificates. We can only suggest or advise medications. You can take a simple painkiller like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen twice a day after some food for three days. I am sure you will feel better. Try to avoid constantly watching the screen. Take five minutes to break every 40 to 50 minutes.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your answer.

So even though in my job I spend all day in front of screens, if I take painkillers and take a five minute break every 55 minutes, is that enough?

Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

A blunt head injury causes little inflammation in soft tissue. So this can cause pain and headaches. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will reduce inflammation and pain. May I know,

1. Do you have a headache exactly at the point of hit, or whole head is hurting?

2. Is it for an entire day?

3. Do you feel headache and nausea together?

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your answer.

During the day, I only have pain where I hit my head previously. But yesterday, when I worked at the computer for several hours, my head hurt, which is when I got nauseous. Then with some rest, it calmed down.

Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

To your history and description possibility of migraine headache is more likely.

So please let me know.

1. Any similar kind of headache and nausea feeling in the past, before the hit accident?

2. Do you have glasses?

3. Is an eye checkup done?

4. Any stress and anxiety?

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your answer.

1. No, never had migrane like symptoms.

2. No glasses or vision problems.

3. Yes, I am stressed and anxious lately.

Thank you.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Since you have stress and anxiety, migraine headaches might be a possibility. Migraine headache is more when a patient uses a mobile screen, laptop, or computer screen. So, I think you should take painkillers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. Take a five to ten minutes break every 40 to 50 minutes while on a computer. Avoid stress and tension, and be relaxed and calm.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

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