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Headache on one side of head

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: April 29, 2021 3:38 AM

Anonymous 12 months

Hi, I’m a 22 y/o female and I’ve had this headache, most of the time on one side of my head (left) since I was 17, about twice-thrice in one month and it usually last for few hours. The pattern is usually similar and I can still do my normal activities. I also have astigmatism (if that could be a factor). Should I be concerned about it?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 12 months
General Practitioner

Hi, thank you for your question. Headaches are a common problem among our population. Your headaches that cause you to feel pain on a specific side that lasted a few hours must’ve been an uneasy experience for you.

For you information, the symptoms that you are experiencing might be caused by various closely related abnormalities such as

  • Tension-type headaches
  • Migraine
  • Cluster headache
  • Sinus headache
  • Vascular abnormalities
  • Complication of eyesight problems

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It is helpful for your to keep a headache diary that keeps tracks of the onset, duration, timing and progression of the headache. This helps the doctor greatly to establish a diagnosis. A doctor may also need to know any associated symptoms such as fever, weight loss or history of cancer. This is important to rule out secondary headaches. For a primary headache, the headache is normally predictable triggers, stable pattern and individual is feeling fine in between headaches.

For the time being, you can:

  • ensure the body is hydrated
  • avoid any triggering factor
  • avoid stress / heavy workload
  • ensure you get optimum sleep
  • don’t skip meals
  • take a break in between assignments or work

If the conditions still persist without any improvement, please seek your healthcare providers to get appropriate treatment.

Notably having short or long-sightedness, astigmatism, long digital screen hours and lack of rest might be linked correspondingly to headaches.

You should get a doctor’s consultation to find out the exact cause of this problem in order to be properly managed. To find out the exact cause of the problem you are encountering, more information is required before conclusions can be made. Therefore, you are strongly advised to refer the matter to the doctor.

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Last Updated: Thu Apr 29 2021 03:38:51 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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