Headache And Pain When Swallowing

Last Editorial Review: 6/15/2020

Your symptoms match a wide variety of medical conditions. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They cause pain usually on both sides of the head and are often described as pressing or tightening sensation around the head. Aseptic meningitis typically occurs with a headache, fever, and inflammation involving the lining of the brain (meninges); a variety of organisms can cause it, viruses are the most common cause. Symptoms of meningitis vary and can include fever, headaches, stiff neck, and light sensitivity. Pain with swallowing typically doesn't occur with tension headaches and is not common in aseptic meningitis. Your doctor is your best resource for evaluating these symptoms.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

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