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What can I do for severe eye pain and headaches?

Posted by Cascia T.

I have been suffering from very strange headaches lately and they are occuring more frequently and are getting more painful. It begins with a pain in my eye. It feels like there is a foreign body poking me in the eye. Then the pain spreads to the back of my eye and forhead. The pain in my head is a dull pain while my eye still feels like something is poking me. This pain is only in my right eye and will last for days sometimes. It is also keeping me up at night. Is there an over the counter pain killer that I can take to ease the pain until I am able to see a doctor? Does anyone know what this could be? Sometimes my eye gets red, although today it isn't. Can anyone help me?
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Since you don't know what's causing this eye and head pain, I suggest you try not to take anything for it. Another issue is that if you take pain medications (even over-the-counter) more than two or three days a week, they can make matters worse by causing headaches called medication overuse headache, aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

If you can't get in to see your own doctor very soon, consider going to an urgent care center or emergency room. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated.

Good luck,

Hi, Cascia,

I agree with Teri - if you haven't already, get to your doctor!!  If you're still suffering I would recommend ice packs or heating pads (whichever feels better) while you are awaiting a diagnosis.  Good luck -


2 days ago, i was working, facing my computer screen, and suddenly, i felt blue and white flashes on the side of my eyes, also some illusions. i had this for more than 15 mins, then a severe headache started on my front, then arround my eyes, then to the back of my head.

I took Panadole but nothing happened.

I felt better after i went home, switshed off all the light and closed my eyes.

today I went to the doctor because of the same symptoms, and he described this as a high blood pressure sinse it was 165/ 110.

Please advice.



I had a similar experience and was diagnosed with Ocular Migraines. Caffiene, computer screens and flourescent lights can often trigger them. Allergies too.  I will sometimes almost loose my vision for a few minutes.

I still get them sometimes with or without the headache to follow.  Mine last anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour.

As soon as my vision does something unusual I take 800mg of Motrin and it helps prevent the headache that follows.

May be totally different, but can't hurt to ask your doctor about them. :)

Good luck,

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