Headaches are usually not dangerous and they are caused by stress, tension and sinuses. However, you should know which headaches are serious and dangerous and require urgent medical attention. It’s important to figure out what type of headache is causing your pain. If you know your headache type, you can treat it correctly. In one 2004 study, 80% of people who had a recent history of self-described or doctor-diagnosed sinus headache, but no signs of sinus infection, actually met the criteria for migraine. Here are some tips that will put a name to your pain.
The following headaches require a visit to the doctor:
• Thunderclap headaches
This headache is severe and frequent. It develops in only one minute. It can be caused by brain bleeding after a stroke, aneurysm or head injury.
• Headache after an injury
If you develop a headache after having a head injury you need medical attention immediately. The headache may indicate that you are having a concussion so you need to consult a doctor. Even a simple small injury to the head can cause bleeding in the brain which results in skull pressure or headache.
• Headache gets worse when walking
Going to bed with a headache and waking up with an even worse headache that causes vomiting is dangerous. If the headache medicines do not help, and the headache increases with walking and exercising the matter is serious. This type of headache may be a symptom of a brain tumor.
• The worst headache of your life
This headache involves pain in the head and upper neck when lying still, intolerance to light, stiffness of the neck, vomiting and confusion. This headache may indicate hemorrhage caused by a ruptured aneurysm in the brain, so consult a medical professional immediately.
• Sudden headaches
Sudden headaches are accompanied by severe pain, numbness in one side of the body, weakness of the arms, legs and face, loss of balance, trouble speaking or walking and difficulty to see on one or both eyes. These headaches may indicate a heart attack so go to the ER immediately.
• Unusual headache
If the headache feels weird consult a doctor. Characteristics of an unusual headache are:
• Headaches after the age of 50
• Severity, location and frequency of the headaches change
• The headaches become worse
• Vision and speech difficulties
• Headache after jogging, sex or weight lifting
• The most terrible headache you have ever experienced
• Memory loss, imbalance, confusion and inability to move the extremities easily
• Fever, vomiting and nausea along with the headache
• Shortness of breath
• Inability to perform normal daily activities