Unilateral Headache

Dull throbbing or intense pain on only one side of the head is called a unilateral headache. The common causes include stress, fatigue, infections, allergies, medication overdose, trigeminal neuralgia, occipital neuralgia, aneurysm, tumors, etc. Tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches can all result in pain on one side of the head.

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Why do I get right-sided headaches when I look down with a runny nose?

Query: Madam good afternoon. I have headache on right side and pain on right side. also right side nose is blocked and water is coming. Sometimes sneezing is also there. When I look down it becomes full and pains. What I should do madam?  Read Full »

Dr. Radhika Shukla

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, It seems like you are suffering from sinusitis. The sinuses which are surrounding the nose secrete mucus which is secreted into the nose. Pain near the nasal bone & headache are symptoms of sinusitis. However I would like uo ask u a few questions: Since when are u having these symptoms? ...  Read Full »

What can cause random, sharp, one-sided headaches lasting for a second?

Query: 28 year old female, sharp one-sided headache lasting for a second.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka


Answer: Hello! Welcome to icliniq! I understand your concern and would explain that based on description, it seems to be Ice Pick headache, which is a benign type of headache . So, there is no need for brain imaging. I recommend taking Indomethacin 50 mg twice daily for a week. Another treatment o...  Read Full »

What can cause constant soreness on the left side of the head and face?

Query: Hi, I have this constant sore pain on the left side of my head, the pain is like I hit myself into something and feels sore and tender and includes the left side of my face. I also have constant ringing in my left ear. I also get some time a sharp electric shock right behind the occipital bone just...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello dear possible causes are like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome or vit d deficiency or b12 deficiency or migranous headache. Until examination is done it is difficult to say what it is. Use tablet naproxen 250 mg twice a day for five days. Avoid cool drinks and ice creams. Do regula...  Read Full »

Does a concussion result in one-sided pain in the head, temple, and jaw?

Query: Female, age 26, 5'4", 188 lbs Mild concussion from fall on top of head 15 days back (brain and c spice CT scan were clear). Consistent headaches since, ranging from mild to severe, mostly on left side of head, pain felt at the temple, behind the ears, as well as in the jaw. Treatment with 500-1000...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep V Nair

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi this most likely seems to be Post Traumatic Headache. although the CT scan was normal I feel an MRI needs to be taken to reconfirm there are no Extradural bleed or Sub dural hematomas that may form after some time.If MRI brain is also normal then it is more likely to be a Post Traumatic Headache ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my left-sided headache with ear pain and toothache of the same side?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. I have been experiencing the following symptoms for about two weeks. My symptoms are headaches that have been constant for more than a week now. At first, I thought the headaches were just because I slept late and lack sleep hours. But they still hurt even wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Marianne Pia F. Almario

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I am sorry you do not feel well. Your headache could be secondary to your infections (ear infection and dental caries). I suggest you take antibiotics for a week and pain reliever and let us observe how it will go. Upon starting the antibiotic, the improvement...  Read Full »

Why does the left side of my head hurt, and I cannot sleep properly?

Query: Hi, I’ve not been able to sleep properly for the past 2 days and I feel like I might have a migraine because I feel pain on the left side of my head and my left eye hurts a lot. Another problem is when I get up to fast like if I’m laying down and get up everything gets dark in front of my eyes ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gursimran


Answer: Hello, so sorry to know that you are going through such a pain. You could be correct about the migraine . However i would be glad to know something about the headache . How long the headache stays ? How frequent you get headaches ( how many times a week ), Do you get vomiting sensation at the time ...  Read Full »

I took Naproxen for my headache. Why is it not working?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from unilateral headache for the last two months. I had an eye examination and that was fine. My blood tests were all normal. I have seen three doctors, my GP and two hospital doctors, who all say it is likely a benign headache or tension-type headache of some description. ...  Read Full »

Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Naproxen is no longer helping because the enzymes in your liver has learnt to degrade the drug quickly. It usually happens when you take such drugs for a longer time. Since there is no vomiting, you can wait till your next scheduled visit. If there is vomiting, then you h...  Read Full »

What can cause head and ear pain on the same side for a month?

Query: Ear ache/ pressure. Headache on same side. Pain when I wash that side of my face near my ear for almost a month.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahendra Thakre

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, I hope your doing well. I understood your concern regarding headaches. I learn that you're having a headache and earaches on same side. Also, it is more when you wash your face. I like to know the nature of pain whether its electric shock-like, whether its comes and go or it's dull boring contin...  Read Full »

I always have a dull unilateral headache. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Three weeks ago, I had headache in late night. I managed to sleep, but it was still there in the morning. It was unilateral headache on the left side of my head. Pain is in my temporal area which sometimes radiates across my cheek and even down my jaw, as well as on the top left of my...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. My main concern here would be trigeminal cephalgia, the most common being trigeminal neuralgia. Trigeminal neuralgia is a sharp shooting unilateral headache that becomes extremely worse with nerve irritation that could be caused by shaving, brushing (hair or teeth...  Read Full »

Does a brain tumor result in a one-sided headache?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting one-sided headache. I do not get them often. They are behind my right eye and temple area. Now this time I am also fighting with heavy cold and cough. It came on late morning today and it hurts more when I cough or shake my head or bend over. Prior to this, I had the same hea...  Read Full »

Dr. J Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Neuro Surgeon, Neurologist, Spine Health Specialist, Spine Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on what you have told, this is more likely to be due to sinusitis. Sinuses are small air filled cavities in your skull bone. They can get infected and when they are infected, you will get headaches behind eyes. Such headaches will be more common during cold and...  Read Full »

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