Now for 3-4 weeks i go to bed at night ,no trouble falling asleep but like clockwork i awake usually after one hour with severe headache which pain starts in rt temple area around to side and to my neck ,pain in face & jaw, medication = Aleve ,sinutab, asa , will not stop the pain , i do get some relief from ice pack, what is the root cause of my pain .
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 62 yrs
Taking Aleve, Sinutab,ASA, Ice Packs
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How severe is the pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
Is this associated with nausea, vomiting, blurred vision?
it's about an 8
Okay. Thanks for the valuable Input. First- a headache that wakes someone from sleep is generally not your average headache.
The kinds of headache that can do this are called cluster HAs. They usually come on one side of the head, associated with nasal congestion, eye tearing, and they follow a pattern (occur episodically and can wake you at night).
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Other kinds of headache like migraine, tension headache, vasculitis (giant cell arteritis), etc all should be considered as well.
you should see a neurologist at earliest for a clinical evaluation and subsequent management.
This may require medicine other than plain NSAID's such as muscle relaxants. Tests like X-rays of the spine to look for a possible pinched nerve, fundoscopy and CT of the brain may also be required.
Neurologist is the right person to get proper help here; and this should be done now as over the counter and home remedies have failed to eradicate this problem.
I hope this clarifies and answers your question.
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