Headache & Migraine
Headache pain can be described as dull and throbbing or sharp and localised. Each type of headache has its own characteristic symptoms. Migraine headaches differ from tension headahces in that the pain is usually restricted to one side of the head, and may be described as a throbbing pain of moderate to severe intensity.
Treat the headache as soon as possible with appropriate medication. The earlier the treatment is given, the better.
Some headache sufferers find that resting and sleeping can help with the pain.
To prevent the onset of a headache, identify your personal trigger which could be certain foods or environmental factors.
HEADACHE WARNING SIGNS – AND WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR
The majority of people experience headaches during their lifetime. For the most part, headaches are short lived, and only last for a matter of minutes or hours.
But what if the pain doesn’t go away? And what if there are additional symptoms or illness? More importantly, how can you tell when a headache is serious enough to seek medical attention?
Headache warning signs
There are definite warning signs that signal a headache may be more serious.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Sudden and/or severe headache accompanied by a stiff neck, fever, nausea, or vomiting
Some headaches, such as tension headache, can be accompanied by a neck pain or a tightness in the neck. But a sudden, severe headache along with a very stiff neck and a fever and/or sensitivity to light could be a sign of something more serious that requires medical attention.
- Numbness or weakness, including slurred speech or difficulty walking
Numbness or weakness with a headache, including slurred speech or difficulty walking could be symptomatic of a more serious condition. Speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
- Altered vision
Double, blurred vision or partial loss of vision with a headache.
- Confusion, convulsions, or loss of consciousness
When paired with a headache, these symptoms may be warning signs of a serious illness or injury. They may occur with the onset of head pain, or after experiencing a headache. Either way, you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Head injury
Any time a head injury results in a headache, consult a doctor right away. Head pain following a head trauma could be a sign of damage that requires immediate medical treatment.
Headaches that worsen or change their patterns over time, frequent headaches, or persistent headaches or headaches with weakness or loss of sensation in any part of the body may be a sign of a stroke. Please seek medical attention.