When does a Headache become a Bigger Problem?
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Headaches are extremely common. They usually come and go from time to time without causing much trouble and even the ones that are chronic -such as migraines- aren’t considered any more severe and don’t lead to any other, more dangerous problems.
With that said, though, there are some exceptions to the norm. These following headaches should be considered as ‘warning signs’ for more potential threats. If you experience any of these it is recommended that you go see a doctor as soon as possible.
Thunderclap Headache: an extremely severe headache that comes on rapidly, developing in about 60 seconds causing intense pain.
Headaches that wake you up: Being woken by head pain is a common symptom of cluster headaches; these aren’t life threatening but can be debilitating.
Headaches after head injury: If you get repeated and constant headaches after suffering a head injury get an appointment with the doctor, especially if it continues to get worse over time.
Headaches with fever or stiff neck: A headache combined with a fever and/or a stiff neck may indicate encephalitis or meningitis, both of which can be fatal.