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Severe headaches with extreme pressure on the right of head, nausea. Suggestions for treatment?

Hi. My name is Lilly and I am a 16 year old female. I am currently experiencing by far the worst headache of my life and I need advice on what to do. I have a history of debilitating migraines that impair my speech, but this is nothing like that. It feels like extreme pressure on the right side of my head. The pain is so bad I am nauseous. Please help. Email me at YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome.

Thanks fro your query.

Keeping your history in mind, this also sounds like a 'debilitating migraine'.

Let me explain a few of the symptoms of a migraine for you, so you could better relate to it:

-Pre-migraine Aura (a mild headache + black spots in vision)
-Photophobia (irritation to light)
-Irritation and intolerance to sound

Also please note that migraines have found to have a triggering factor in different patients. For some it is stress, whereas for others it is related to diet (prolonged periods of starvation, or over-eating), weather, etc. Once we establish a diagnosis of migraine, we can then talk to the patient and try to figure out the triggering factor, and thus avoid it. This is a condition which is treatable and avoidable.

The main thing you need to know is to recognise:

1. The cause and avoid it
2. The Pre-migraine Aura, take medicine prescribed by a doctor to avoid the attack, and get some rest

Nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness are all associated with a migraine attack.

I hope I have helped in contributing. You can always write back to us for further information.

Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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