Ten Causes of Headaches that Scream “You Need To See a Doctor!”

It is uncommon, but not impossible, that your headache could be the sign of a more serious medical condition, such as a tumor or aneurysm (bleeding in the brain) that could require immediate medical attention. If you or a family member are experiencing any of the below symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

Symptoms Requiring Immediate Care:

  • A sudden, new headache
  • A headache associated with any neurological symptoms such as
    • Weakness
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of Balance
    • Numbness or a tingling sensation
    • Paralysis
    • Speech difficulties
    • Mental confusion
    • Seizures
    • Personality changes
    • Vision changes (blurry or cloudy vision, double vision, blind spots)
  • Headache with a fever, shortness of breath, stiff neck or rash
  • Headache with pain that wakes you
  • Headaches with severe nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches after a severe injury or trauma
  • Getting a new type of headache after the age of 35


These symptoms can be indicative of a larger medical issue such as a tumor, aneurysm, signs of a stroke, or cancer and should not be ignored. Please seek immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.

Other signs of a more serious condition do not require immediate medical attention, but you should consult a specialist if you or a family member are affected by them. They are as follows:

Symptoms that Require an Appointment with a Specialist:

  • 3 or more headaches a week
  • Headaches that progressively get worse or do not go away
  • Need for pain relievers every day or almost every day to manage your headaches
  • Headaches triggered by physical exertion, coughing, or bending
  • A history of headaches, but a recent change in your symptoms

These symptoms can be indicative of a larger medical issue, but do not require immediate medical attention. However, they should be seen as a warning sign and those that are affected should schedule an appointment with a specialist for a proper diagnosis.

This article is not to be used as medical advice, and should not be taken as such.


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