Why do I have dizziness and left-sided headache?

Q. I have dizziness and a left-sided headache. Can a neck muscle injury cause this?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 04, 2020 and last reviewed on: Aug 31, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have a headache for one week, usually on my head's left side, but now I feel I have dizziness, and my head is massive. I am currently taking Etodolac 400 mg.



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Thanks for the query.

I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from headaches for the last seven days. Your headache is unilateral (left-sided), and you are now feeling dizziness and heaviness in the head. Such type of clinical features may result from sinusitis, migraines, cluster headache, etc. You should undergo some investigations like CBC (complete blood count) with circulating eosinophil counts, x-ray PNS (paranasal sinus) OM (Occipitomental) view, RBS (random blood sugar), CT (computed tomography), or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain, etc., to exclude the causes and then treat them accordingly. You should monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In the meantime, you can take Flunarizine and Propranolol along with your currently using painkillers. In case of any other query, ask me.

Hi doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

I am taking online classes and sitting too much in front of a laptop. Can neck muscle injury cause my symptoms?



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Thanks for joining again.

Yes, it is very much possible. One prevalent cause of tension-type headache is rooted in the neck, caused by muscle tension. The group of muscles known as an occipital muscle, situated at the base of the skull, can cause a headache. Sitting in front of a laptop without any movement can cause strains in neck muscles, radiate towards the head, and develop headaches. Again sitting in front of a laptop can cause stress on the eyes and ultimately develop a headache. It would help if you changed your body posture every one-hour interval for a few minutes, and you can walk for a while at that time to avoid neck strains. You can take Flunarizine, Baclofen, Propranolol with your currently using painkillers. If any other query, knock me, and I will try to reply to you further.

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