Headache symptoms you should never ignore

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

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.

pain
Pain after physical activity
Description: Pain after physical exertion such as running, sexual intercourse, coughing or bowel movements.

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.

throbbing
Throbbing pain after drinking too much coffee
Description: Throbbing pain that comes on several days after consuming a large amount of caffeine.

Possible causes: Caffeine withdrawal

Response: Reduce or eliminate caffeine intake.

throbbing pain
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.

sudden
Sudden, severe pain on one side
Description: Sudden sharp, severe pain on one side of the head, sometimes around the eye; may be accompanied by excessive sweating, tearing and nasal congestion.

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.

unexplained
Unexplained, worsening pain and confusion
Description: Unexplained pain that becomes progressively worse; may be accompanied by blurred vision, confusion or loss of consciousness.

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.

sudden pain
Sudden severe pain with numbness on one side of your body
Description: Sudden severe pain; may be accompanied by numbness on one side of the body, dizziness, blurred vision, headache or confusion.

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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