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What causes acute headache, heightened sense of smell, gas reflux and dizziness?

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Posted on Fri, 6 May 2016
Question: small acute headache on the sides of my head above my ears, heightened sense of smell, heightened gag reflex, loss of appetite, slight dizziness. This has been minor over 3 days but got really intense today.
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
tension headache

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for your question.
This could either be an intense tension headache or a migraine. The heightened sense of smell and gag reflex sound more like a migraine. Try some ibuprofen and cool compresses to the forehead area. If you develop a fever or vomiting then you should be seen right away in emergency. If it is just a tension headache or migraine it should resolve in a few days. Make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz of water daily and getting plenty of sleep at night.
Take a multivitamin daily and some extra vitamin C. If you have people in your family with migraine then you may want to talk to a doctor about getting a prescription for some migraine specific medications.
I hope you get relief soon.
Let me know if you have further questions
Dr. Robinson
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kathy Robinson (7 minutes later)
thank you soo much Dr XXXXXXX :)

if i do starting vomiting or developing a fever, what would that mean/what would it lead to?
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
meningitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for the follow up
Headache with fever, stiff neck and vomiting can be a sign of inflammation in the area around the brain. Your symptoms do not sound like meningitis now but fever and vomiting or stiff neck would be signs that something more serious than headache is going on
Regards,
Dr. Robinson
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What causes acute headache, heightened sense of smell, gas reflux and dizziness?

Brief Answer: tension headache Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for your question. This could either be an intense tension headache or a migraine. The heightened sense of smell and gag reflex sound more like a migraine. Try some ibuprofen and cool compresses to the forehead area. If you develop a fever or vomiting then you should be seen right away in emergency. If it is just a tension headache or migraine it should resolve in a few days. Make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz of water daily and getting plenty of sleep at night. Take a multivitamin daily and some extra vitamin C. If you have people in your family with migraine then you may want to talk to a doctor about getting a prescription for some migraine specific medications. I hope you get relief soon. Let me know if you have further questions Dr. Robinson