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Dear all, Just to quickly recap. I have been in

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi

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Posted on Wed, 3 Apr 2019 in Brain and Spine
Question: Dear all,

Just to quickly recap.

I have been in a stressful period the past month. I started first with a digestion issue with pain in the abdomen.I have met doctors and ran some tests (CBC/Ultrasound /Diabetes post fasting and normal tests) All results showed all was fine.

Later on ( a week later), I experience low blood temperature and ran a blood glucose test requested by doctors which also turned out fine.

Now almost the past two weeks I have been experiencing two feelings that never experience before, slight dizziness and headache above the head (right in the middle).

The headache goes away when lying down on bed and some days it just goes away normally and so does the dizziness, but with more activity they tend to come back. I am feeling very concerned as I never really had that feeling before. Just to clarify , the headache is not severe I just feel a slight heavy weight on my middle head. I felt today that I can properly concentrate when watching my laptop , tv or even driving.
I met a doctor who said that its only been a week and that might be a normal tension but I am still worried given these are first time feelings.

Is that just a temporarily thing? What can this be?

Thank you

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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi 4 hours later
Brief Answer:
Headaches likely are tension type and are easily addressed

Detailed Answer:
Good evening. Many thanks for sharing your concerns on your headaches.

I see many patients with complaints very similar to yours where they experience headaches and dizziness that they had never had before. The vast majority of these cases turn out to be secondary headaches to either stress, anxiety, or some correctable metabolic issue. I remind patients frequently that headaches are often a simple reflection of problems or imbalances that are occurring within the body. And this IMBALANCE can include things such as quality and time of restorative sleep, amount of physical exertion, amount of EMOTIONAL EXERTION, metabolic parameters having to do with blood sugar levels, levels of hydration, amount of nutritive sustenance (i.e. EATING WELL...not just a lot....but eating for the sake of feeding the body with NUTRITIOUS elements).

In your case it would appear as if there are a number of stressors that include both physical and emotional types of stressors at work. The headaches you describe do not seem to fit the definition of migraine headaches nor any other "dangerous" or risky reflection of a problem such as an aneurysm, tumor, or stroke. Instead these are located in a common place over the head where many tension type or stress headaches can be found, and are described commonly as a heaviness or dull aching pain which often times is felt in the mornings upon awakening and do not interfere with normal cognitive activities such as concentration, attention, and processing of information.

I concur with your doctor's opinion that by description the classification of TENSION TYPE HEADACHE seems most appropriate at this time which can be easily treated by looking at lifestyle issues to make sure you are properly and adequately hydrating, ingesting nutritional elements from the diet, and getting proper and adequate levels of physical exercise and training. Relaxation techniques addressing breathing, meditating, or performing muscle stretching such as YOGA or Tai Chi are excellent alternative ways of getting good physical workouts for the majority of the muscle groups in your body while occupying the mind with healthy "distractions" which will aid in reducing and even eliminating these headaches.

If your headaches were to evolve or progress to include more vegetative symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, significant sensitivity to light or sound, or you were suddenly to develop ringing in the head or uncomfortable sensations of spinning or whirling then, I would recommend a much more aggressive and definitive workup.

Otherwise, please follow my advice above and I very much believe your symptoms will quickly improve in short order.

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You can always reach me at that address for this or other questions. I wish you the best with everything and hope this information does help you.

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