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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Sharp pain right side of my head when I cough or sneeze

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Sharp pain right side of my head when I cough or sneeze
Assistant: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: I have had for 3 days, only when I cough or sneeze. Doesn't hurt the rest of the time
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 8 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 days ago.

Hello. I'm Dr Chip
Any tenderness there?

Any how long does the pain last?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
No tenderness, last few seconds after
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
No phone call thanks
Customer: replied 8 days ago.
seconds
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 days ago.

The phone call offer was automated and you don't have to accept it

One moment please

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 8 days ago.

It's know as a cough/sneeze headache

We're not certain about the exact cause but it's completely harmlesss--not a sign of a brain tumor or a bleed in the brain

These usually stop within a week but if it's bothersome ibuprofen will help

Please let me know if you need any more information