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throbbing headache on top, left side of head

Hi. I'm a 35 year old male in good shape. I currently get a throbbing headache on the top of my head, on the left side. This started about 2 months ago. This headache only lasts no more than a minute most of the time. It mostly occurs when I'm laying down in bed after I have been sleeping for awhile. When I get out of bed it goes away. It occurs about every other day.  When I do my cardio exercise it does not bother me, just ocassionally when I'm lifting weights in the gym but quickly goes away. I also get this same type of headache when I get stressed out at work. I had a CT scan done about 3 weeks ago, which was normal.   About 2 months ago while lifting heavy weights in the gym I had something pop in my upper back on my left side.  My neck became very stiff for about a week and slowlygot better but still have some stiffness on the left side of the neck.
My question is what is causing the throbbing? Should I do anything else?
Thank you in advance for any help.
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If the CT scan is negative, things like a tumor or bleed is less likely.

Other causes can be a tension or migraine headache.  If there is an association with nausea or photophobia (i.e. aversion to bright light), that is more suggestive of a migraine.

Cervical neck strains or spasm can sometimes cause headache-like symptoms.  

Physical therapy can help if a strain is involved.  Treatment for tension headaches would include NSAIDs.  Discussion with your personal physician is suggested.  If the diagnosis continues to be non-revealing, a referral to a neurologist can be considered.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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