Re: What kind of headache is this?
i don't know exactly what to say, but i can empathize!!!
one possibility is that you still have the 'remnants' of the cold you had...it's probably more of a very bad head cold now. the reason i say this is that when i was very sick with that virus that was said to be an epidemic, here in ny, i had such a headache that did not respond to anything (imitrex, ibuprofen, excedrin, aleve, etc.). i cried until i couldn't cry anymore--just because of the pain!
Coughing hurts, lights hurt, waking up from sleep is the worst. Yes, you're right; i had the same symptoms when i was sick and after i got over it..
try to have a regular/scheduled sleep cycle. wake up and go to bed at the exact time everyday. also, sometimes decongestants help, especially those for sinus relief...yours may not be a siinus prob., but sometimes these help for some reason.
try aleve, or as it's generically called--sodium naproxen (the same thing, but less money). i found this to be more useful than other OTC meds.
have someone massage your neck, shoulders, head, and face. this has helped me a lot!!!! all the muscles are interconnected, especially the shoulder, neck, and face areas....these go directly upwards, behind the year, and all around your head, and rubbing one part will have tremendous impact on other areas of your head.
put some tiger balm, or other ointment/creams that may help "cool off" the muscles...which then may help the pain on the side of the head.
drinking may make it worse, so i would absolutely stay away from that.
Ultimately, please go and talk with your doctor about this!!! you've got absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain. i'm truly sorry because i've been in the same boat many times.
Be kinder than necessary,
Because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle...