Headaches - When Should You Rush To The Doctor?
While headaches are generally not a sign of a serious medical condition, some signs and symptoms along with your headache could warrant a trip to the doctor
Some headaches can mean you are getting a stroke, aneurysm, hemorrhage or meningitis
When to see a doctor
Most commonly, people feel a tight band around their head during a headache. This includes the ones that you get when you have a cold, tension or headaches that begin in your neck. And while this pain can be treated by simple cold or hot compresses and pain reliever medicines, some headaches just won't go away that easily. These are the one should need to watch out for.
1. If this headache is the worst you have experienced so far
Brain aneurysm is a life-threatening condition that may be the cause of this heightened headache. Aneurysm happens because the walls of blood vessels near your brain have weakened, breaking open and bleeding into the brain.
2. If it is accompanied by nausea or vomiting
This can be a sign of a hemorrhagic stroke where that has because of bleeding in the area between your brain and the thin tissue that covers the brain.
3. If you suddenly feel a loss of balance, slurred speech and vision problems
These are signs of a stroke which occurs because blood flow to your brain stops. You can also get other neural-defects like confusion, loss of memory and inability to move your arms.
4. If you have stiff neck and high fever
Sometimes, arteries that supply blood to the head can become swollen or inflamed, leading to condition called temporal arteritis. The head and neck pain could also be a symptom of meningitis, a form of viral infection that causes inflammation of the central nervous system.
Additionally, if you always get headaches after performing some sport like swimming or running or if it has occurred after you injured your head recently, it's a good idea to visit a doctor and get checked for serious problems.
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