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.
The following headaches require a visit to the doctor:
вЂў 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.
вЂў 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.
вЂў 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.
вЂў 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.
вЂў 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.
вЂў Unusual headache
If the headache feels weird consult a doctor. Characteristics of an unusual headache are:
вЂў Headaches after the age of 50
вЂў Severity, location and frequency of the headaches change
вЂў The headaches become worse
вЂў Vision and speech difficulties
вЂў Headache after jogging, sex or weight lifting
вЂў The most terrible headache you have ever experienced
вЂў Memory loss, imbalance, confusion and inability to move the extremities easily
вЂў Fever, vomiting and nausea along with the headache
вЂў Shortness of breath
вЂў Inability to perform normal daily activities