Constant Headache for a Year

Published: July 23, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I have had this constant headache for about a year now and it's only worsened, at first it was dull throbbing and now it's spread to the back of my neck and into my left arm and hand. It makes me nauseous sometimes and weak to the point where I get dizzy if I bend over or lay down or any little movement. What could this be?

Signed: Constant Headached for a Year

Dear Constant Headached for a Year,

Given that you have had this constant headache for one year, it’s been getting worse and you have been experiencing additional symptoms in your neck and arm, TeenHealthFX recommends that you reach out to your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. Only by meeting with a medical health professional will you be able to get an accurate diagnosis and the treatment you need to alleviate your symptoms and address any underlying medical concerns.

According to the Mayo Clinic:

Occasional headaches are common, and usually require no medical attention. However, consult your doctor if:

  • You usually have two or more headaches a week
  • You take a pain reliever for your headaches most days
  • You need more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter pain remedies to relieve your headaches
  • Your headache pattern changes or your headaches worsen
  • Your headaches are disabling


Seek prompt medical care if your headache:

  • Is sudden and severe
  • Accompanies a fever, stiff neck, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking
  • Follows a head injury
  • Gets worse despite rest and pain medication


If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX