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
- Loss of Balance
- Numbness or a tingling sensation
- Speech difficulties
- Mental confusion
- 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.