Can You Get a Headache Over a Head Shake?

In individuals with sinusitis, shaking the head can cause a sinus headache to become more painful and noticeable, explains The Asthma Center Education and Research Fund. Focal head pain can also result from vigorous shaking of the head if there is a brain tumor present, according to Dartmouth Medical School.

In addition to head shaking, sneezing, coughing, bending the head and wearing clothes that fit tightly around the neck can intensify the pain associated with a sinus headache, notes The Asthma Center. This type of headache is typically dull, pulsating or aching. Sinus headaches are not usually accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity or vomiting, all of which are more common with migraine headaches, which tend to be more painful than sinus headaches. However, the pressure inside of the sinuses during a sinus headache can trigger the development of a more painful migraine.

Although head pain can result from head shaking in the case of a brain tumor, most instances of head pain are not associated with tumors, states Dartmouth Medical School. Indicators that an evaluation for tumors or other brain abnormalities is necessary include signs of increased cranial pressure, seizures and neurological symptoms in addition to the headache. Tumor-related headaches may be more intense in the mornings.