Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

141 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Suggest treatment for constant headache

Answered by
Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1991

Answered : 3132 Questions

Posted on Mon, 27 Mar 2017 in Headache and Migraines
Question: I have a constant headache that started Wednesday morning. I went to the ER an was told it was probably the flu even though a nose swab was negative. I tried eating yesterday and vomited it all up this morning followed by dry heaves. I have no cough, no sinus congestion, no cold-like symptoms. How long can I expect this to continue if it is the flu?
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:

This does not sound like influenza to me. Influenza is notable for a cough and fever - and usually body aches and symptoms of a really bad cold and sometimes headache. As influenza is caused by a respiratory virus, it is a respiratory infection, so there is a cough and almost always a fever.

So this does not sound like flu to me.

I don't know if the vomiting is from the medicines you were given or the headache - both are possible. Migrainous headaches are especially prone to causing nausea, but any headache if long enough or severe enough can cause nausea. So can the meds you were given, though.

I think you need further evaluation of this headache. If you have never had a headache like this before, it warrants imaging studies (such as CT or MRI).

I will assume you are not having excessively high blood pressure as (hopefully) the ER staff would have noted that.

Here is what I recommend:
If the headache is tolerable, call your doctor's office first thing tomorrow and ask to talk with your doctor's nurse. Tell him or her this history. Request to be seen promptly.

If the headache is severe still, or you continue to have nausea, go back to the ER. If there is a university ER near you, that may be your best bet in terms of getting knowledgeable staff to evaluate you.

But, I agree - this does not sound like influenza.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  

Recent questions on  Constant headache

doctor1 MD

I am 75.8 years, and on 6 May 2011, had PTCA and stenting of proximal LAD done with 3mm x 33mm Bio-flex DES after thrombus aspiration and predialation with 2.75mm ballon. D1 was crossed with Fielder FC and dialted with a 2mm balloon before stenting LAD. LAD stent post dilated with 3.25mm balloon at 18-24ATM with good result. Left Ostium looked hazy with slow clearance. A 4mm x 15mm promos DES was deployed and post dialted with a 4.5mm NC balloon at 18 to 24 ATM. Final angio showed TIMI 3 flow with TMP grade 3 in the lad and no residual stenosis in either of the vessels. CADRF: Mild dyslipidemia. TMT on 7 Sept. 13: - 8 min 12 secs. 107% HR, No ST changes. TMT on 15 Aug. 14: 6 min 20 secs. Mild ST depression at peak but none during recovery. A/P: CAD S/p LMCA and LAD stenting in 2011 for acute MI now stable angina - new and mildly abnormal TMT. I am on following medicines since 26 My 2014: T Ceruvin 75 mg 1 ---0 0 T Ecosprin 75 mg 0 1 0 T Crestor 10 mg 0 0 1 T Monotrate SR 30 mg 1 0 1 T Sleoram 50/5 1 0 1 Pantadac 40 mg 1 0 0 Besides the above medicines, I have been suggested to undergo another angeogram,at convenience,as the TMT indicates minimal abnormality. I led very regular and active life till 2011 and never suffered from any major problem. I hate taking too many medicines. Even after retirement from WHO, in 1998, I continued working with them on ad hoc basis till December 2010. My question is: With host of preventive meidcines I am taking,is another angeogram required? With medicines my BP has also stabilized now. Also since I was put on Monotrate SR 30mg. I am having almost constant headache though tolerable, started passing urine at least four time during night, feel exhausted which some time obstructs my evening/morning walk and yoga, besides loss of and irregular sleep pattern. I shall thank you for your considered opinion which would certainly help me lead a confortable and medicine-free life. Thanks and with regards, Yours sincerely, N.C. Kochhar

doctor1 MD

Hi Dr Grief, my name is Terri, for the last ten days I have had a constant headache on the right side of my head, above my eye brow in my temple and around the back to my neck, it never goes away, feels like a constant pressure, my vision gets blurry at times and my ear feels blocked, when the head ache intensifies I get a fever and the shakes, been to the doctors she has prescribed me antibiotics for sinus problems the headache has not improve thank you

doctor1 MD

Hi. I m a 33 year old female who 8 weeks ago fainted in work whilst having a migraine. This has happened before so I was not that concerned. However, roughly 4 weeks later, I fainted again. This time no migraine. I assumed due to it being around my period, it was due to that. However the last two weeks I ve had constant headaches at different places on the head. I ve been constantly dizzy and on times almost fainted. I ve been to see my doctor who s sent me for blood tests and an ECG. All tests came back fine. He did say my blood pressure was low but it always has been so didn t think that would be anything to do with it. I ve suffered with migraines for about 6 years but never had headaches or dizzy spells as bad as this. For the past 4 days I ve nearly blacked out every day and the back of my neck and bottom of head feel like there s loads of pressure. This feeling of nearly blacking out happened in front of the doctor and he said that it could be because the room we were in was really warm, that I was dehydrated. He also said that I maybe suffering with vestibular migraines. I ve looked up the condition and the blacking out every day and I m still not sure that this is what I have. I m concerned about the headaches and the constant dizziness which has just appeared all of a sudden.

doctor1 MD

Hi, I'm a female of 18 5'2" weight 110 pounds or less and run everyday . I recently donated blood in case this can effect it. But lately I've been getting constant headaches, everytime I walk up steps my heart beats really fast like above normal (I'm pre-med) so it's like pretty fast . When I run it beats normally, but if I do a simple task it goes crazy also I start to feel like I'm going to faint. What do you think it is?

doctor1 MD

My symptoms over the last 14 days include a reddened sore throat without white patches, a right sided ear ache without drainage, a constant headache on the right side, and laryngitis over the last 5 days. No coughing no mucous or nasal congestion...

doctor1 MD

Hello, I'm very concerned about my daughter. She is 20 years old, healthy, no health issues ever. She lives in florida and we talk weekly. Well, today she told me that for the last 6 days she has been suffering from a never ending headache. She...

doctor1 MD

I have had a pretty much constant headache for about 4 weeks. I have an appt. to get my eyes checked tomorrow but if they are ok where do I go from here. Also my hair is really falling out.