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What is the cause of severe headache after a tonsillectomy?

my wife had a tonsillectomy conducted on 11/14. She is currently taking Roxicet for pain and amoxicillin. She woke up today with a severe headache and it is not going away. Is this type of headache normal after a tonsillectomy or from the Roxicet? She said this is the worst headache she s ever had, even worse than migraines she sometimes gets. Should we go to ER or is this normal after her procedure?
Fri, 31 May 2019
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Hello,

Worst headache ever may indicate subarachnoidal hemorrhage, a condition not related to tonsillectomy or drugs adverse effects.

So, I think, you should go to the ER for this.

Imaging (CT scan) of the brain is necessary too.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Erion Spaho, Neurologist, Surgical
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