Health Q&A: Right-sided headache

Dr Mark Porter / 18 July 2019

Dr Mark Porter responds to a reader’s query about a right-sided headache that caused eye watering.

Q: Last month I woke every morning with a right-sided headache that lasted a couple of hours. It made my right eye water and was very painful. By the time I got to the doctor it was better and there was nothing to find. Any ideas?

A: I can only guess from here, but your story is suggestive of cluster headaches. These tend to come in bouts, often strike early in the morning, tend to be one-sided and are resistant to standard painkillers. The watery eye is another clue (a blocked nostril on the affected side being another common complaint). One to discuss with your GP if it happens again.

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