Headache Lasting a Week?

Updated on August 02, 2013
C.R. asks from Olathe, KS
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I work all night and for a week now I have woken up with a headache everyday and it continues all night long. It is a dull throbbing pain so it is not a migraine, but I don't know if it is something I should be worried about. Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing this? I can't handle much more of this!

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answers from Washington DC on

It depends on where the pain is. Above the eyes in the forehead it could be sinuses ... especially if you sleep with a fan on (blowing dust around that you're inhaling while you sleep). You can try a decongestant with an anti-infammatory.

It could be stress. It could be tooth issues. It's hard to tell.

If you're not getting any relief from over the counter meds and it continues much longer I'd see a doctor about it.

I had a migraine once that lasted for a week ... talk about NOT fun. One spinal tap to rule out meningitis and some morphine later ... I was good to go :)

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answers from Dallas on

Sinus infection? Allergies causing inflamation? Try taking an allergy pill before bed. Maybe a benadryl because it will help you sleep, also.

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answers from Miami on

It could just be your body adjusting to working all night -- perhaps against your regular schedule?

Are you drinking enough water? Perhaps if you drink coffee to stay awake, your body needs more water????

Are you eating healthy snacks at work? Every 3 hours something small? to keep up your natural blood sugar?

Best of luck and feel good soon.

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answers from Chicago on

A lot of people have already given some great advice. One thing I thought of was if something is out of place in your neck or back? Have you lifted something or are you sleeping in a way that could be affecting you?

My husband used to deal with lots of headaches- stress induced, sinus and he had cluster migraines too. They can really be painful and time consuming! He has been completely headache free for years with some simple solutions.

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answers from Dover on

Could be sinuses. Could be stress. Could be you need to drink more water. Headache for a week is no fun...check w/ your doctor.

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answers from Washington DC on

I'm the opposite, there is something about the air quality in my home/area, if I don't have either a air purifier or fan on I will wake up with a headache like you describe. Maybe this is something you can try.

When I do get these headaches aspirin works better than tylenol( acetamenophen) or motrin( ibprophen). Fresh air helps as well.

Good luck

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answers from Denver on

Are you stressed? I get tension headaches and have to purposefully relax with a neck rub or massage. The headache is in the top of my forehead and by rubbing your neck you loosen the knots that make it tense up on top and in front. Caffeine seems to help too. Sorry- headaches are the worst!

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answers from Kansas City on

Hopefully, you received some good answers.
How about checking your high blood pressure?
Please update when you find out. Feel better...


answers from Austin on

The last time I had a headache like this, ended up in the emergency room with Spinal Meningitis.

I was foolish not to have called the doctor earlier.. but I am not the type to bother them.

Anytime you have a headache for this long, you deserve to go to the doctor and get help. Could be a sign of something serious.



answers from Miami on

I'd go to the doctor, for sure. It's important that you get this figured out, whether it's serious or not. If it's not and there's a simple way to fix this, it's SO worth it to get help. If it IS serious, you need to know ASAP. A headache for a week is not something you should ignore in hopes that it will just get better...



answers from Portland on

It is highly unlikely that your headache is serious. What have you tried to get rid of it? I suggest that you increase your fluid intake. How much coffee are you drinking? If it's more than 2-3 cups gradually cut down. How long have you worked nights? How much uninterrupted sleep do you get? Lack of good sleep can cause a headache. Are you tense or anxious? Of course you are now. That will keep the headache going. Find a way to relax. Soak in the tub. Go for a walk. See a funny movie. How is your posture? Mild allergies, a stuffy, airless room.

All of those things help me. Working nights is hard on the body. Wehave to focus and plan on ways to make up for night time sleep. Our bodies are less able to tolerate environmental stressors.

Try drinking more water, take an allergy pill with a pain reliever, take a long hot shower and get 8 hours uninterupted sleep on your weekend. Focus on your posture. Think of your body being pulled up by a string. Wiggle your shoulders, rotate your head several times a day.

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