Medical Specialty >> Neurology

Doctors Lounge - Neurology Answers

Back to Neurology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/04/2017.

Forum Name: Headaches

Question: Horrible headache, HELP!

 mchar2008 - Sun Dec 02, 2007 3:07 pm

Hello, my name is Mistie and im 18 years old. For the past 5 days i have had a persisant headache and it wont go away. Ive treid everything from over the counter to off the shelf perscrptions. Nothing is helping. The only time that my headaches worsen are when i am standing up or walking. When i am laying down i feel great. No one in my family has ever had something like this so this concerns not only them but myself as well.
I looked online about all types of headaches and i have symptoms for most of them. The one thing that everyone is concerned about is that im not eating as well as i should. But when i eat to much i throw it right back up. Other than that i don't have an appetite to eat. I eat maybe once a day. I eat Breakfast that is it. Could my headache be from not eating. Could it be stress, depression? No one knows.
I would like to kno because this is affecting me in many ways. I cant go to school or work. I want to get better but i don't know what to do. Should i see ym doctor again or get a prescription for an MRI or CAT scan?
Please HELP me..
Thank you!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Dec 07, 2007 9:27 pm

User avatar Hi Mistie,

There is a very good chance you have a migraine headache. However, with headaches that are worse when standing and better with laying this suggests a pressure problem in the brain. The pressure is increased upon standing making the pain worse.

I would recommend you see your doctor for a full neurological evaluation. If there is concern, further imaging studies (like a CT or MRI) may be appropriate.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us