Sometimes, a headache is just a headache. But if it’s accompanied by any of these symptoms, you should take immediate action. If you don’t take any action, it will harm your healthy. Read below to know more!
Dull, gradual pain
Description: Dull pain in the head, neck or shoulders that comes on gradually; may feel like a vice around your forehead, temples or back of your head and neck.
Possible causes: Tension headache; can be triggered by stress, fatigue, anger or depression, or can have no known trigger.
Response: Take aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Possible causes: Exertion headache; related to cluster headaches, migraines or, rarely, to aneurysms, tumours or malformed blood vessels.
Response: Pain usually goes away in less than an hour. It can be treated with aspirin or medications for migraines or cluster headaches. If headaches persist, see your doctor.
Possible causes: Caffeine withdrawal
Response: Reduce or eliminate caffeine intake.
Throbbing pain, nausea and light sensitivity
Description: Throbbing pain, usually on one side of the head, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound; occasionally accompanied by flashing lights, blind spots or tingling in the arm or face prior to head pain.
Possible causes: Migraine; occurs more commonly in women and can be triggered by menstruation, ovulation or menopause.
Response: Migraines typically last from 4 hours to three days. Take aspirin immediately or a prescription migraine medication if you have one, and lie down in a darkened room. If you have more than two migraines a month, see your doctor, who may recommend preventive medication. If this is your first migraine, do not take any medication and call your doctor immediately.
Possible causes: Cluster headache; 90 per cent of sufferers are men.
Response: Headaches may last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours but are likely to recur later that day. See your doctor, who may prescribe medication to treat them. There are also preventive medicines that help ward off attacks. Avoid alcohol.
Possible causes: Cancer; infection; high blood pressure; a disease or disorder of the brain; disorders of the eyes, ears or nose; blood clots; temporal arteritis; or aneurysms.
Response: Go to the hospital, where doctors may order diagnostic tests or consult a specialist.
Possible causes: Stroke
Response: Go to the hospital immediately. Prompt treatment can save your life, lessen damage to your brain and reduce your risk of permanent disability.
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