NewsHealth Insider


COVID-19 and headaches: What you need to know

FDA Just Approved First Over-the-counter COVID-19 Test For Home Use
Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 01:52:52-04

More than a year after the Coronavirus pandemic first hit, doctors are still learning about the disease and its aftermath.

FULL SECTION: Everything you need to know about coronavirus

Patients who have recovered sometimes still experience lingering symptoms related to the inflammation brought on by COVID-19.

Some patients have reported headaches so severe that they become debilitating.

"You've got a lot of nerve endings and a lot of small blood vessels in your brain," explains Arizona Medical Association president Dr. Ross Goldberg.

Unlike migraines, that typically affect one side the head, COVID-19-related headaches tend to be felt all around says Dr. Goldberg.

In addition to eating right, get plenty of sleep and drinking lots of water, he recommends reaching out to your doctor for help, because there are medications available.

“Don't use Dr. Google, use an actual doctor who has the background and experience. Give them a call. They will be happy to give you advice," says Dr. Goldberg.

But if the headaches don't go away in two to three weeks, he suggests consulting with a specialist.

The mission of ABC15's Health Insider series is to dive deeper into the things impacting your health and the health of those around you. We're going in-depth with expert advice from people who know it, see it every day in their work and study it. Have a story idea? Contact the team at