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Head pain when bending over?

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I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue.  I have looked every where on the internet I could think of and can't find a thing.  I am very concerned because a good friend of mine recently started complaining of extreme head pain when he bends over to pick something up or tie his shoe.  Also about 2 weeks ago he was experiencing mild numbness in his left arm.  He's 6'10 about 250, 40 and smokes.  I am very worried about him and he refuses to go to a doctor because he doesn't want to be put on any pills.  I keep trying to convince him that he has to get it checked out but it could be nothing.

So I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions as what it could be and how to light a fire under him so he goes to the doctor.


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Could easily be a blood-pressure issue or something heart-related.  If he smokes, the oxygen levels in his blood will be quite low and lack of oxygen can cause the problems you describe.  The 'numbness in the arm' thing could be anything really... indigestion, heart problem, trapped nerve.

Obviously, he should really go to see a doctor but if he wants to be a big baby and prefers the prospect of being ill to taking a few pills or having to change his lifestyle then that's really his call.  He'll end up in front of a doctor sooner or later by the sound of it - whether he intends to or not.  Maybe that's how you 'light the fire'?

I have head pain when I bend over, but I'm pretty sure it's related to my low blood pressure -- it always happens when I'm also feeling light-headed.  But actually, numbness and head pain are both stroke signs. This may sound a little dramatic, but I think your friend should go to the hospital.  I say this because my dad, who is in his early 50s, had minor stroke signs for months just before he turned 50 and didn't see anyone about them.  He had a major stroke shortly after, and nearly died. Stroke (or 'brain attack' as some people now say) can have subtle warning signs.  It's also really devastating and it can be prevented in many cases.  If my dad had gone to the er with his numbness, headache, and mild confusion, he'd have been put on blood thinners and probably have avoided the stroke.  At the least, your friend should see a doctor asap to rule out incipient stroke or heart attack. 

He should see a doctor as soon as possible.  Numbness (especially repeated) is never a good sign.  As for the head pain, cousin's head hurt every time he leaned back to serve a tennis ball.  It turned out he had a brain tumor.  It never hurts to be too careful.

I get it sometimes when my sinuses are infected. When I bend over, but behind my eyes/nose.   Probably not related to your issue though.

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