13 types of headache you should see a doctor about

Headaches are, in most cases, regardless of the intensity and duration, benign - not a sign of serious diseases that endanger the health or life. However, sometimes the headache is the only, or the leading sign of severe illness.

Therefore, it is very important to recognize the symptoms of headache that may be caused by a serious illness, and then to timely inform the physician in order to ensure adequate diagnosis and treatment. However, because there are over 200 types of headaches, many of whom have symptoms that overlap or are simply universal, it is not always "easy job".

Taking into consideration the propensity of our people to "treat yourself" and pay doctors as a last resort, we will enumerate the cases in which, when the headache comes, within a reasonable time should still see a doctor. If you recognize yourself in any of these 13 descriptions headaches, do not panic, this is not the objective of this text, but just be careful and act responsibly towards their health.


Sudden, "full health" caused headaches of exceptional strength. This headache can be a sign of spontaneous bleeding inside the skull due to aneurysm rupture, bag enlargement of brain blood vessel. If the doctor suspects the shooting aneurysm, propose immediate diagnosis (scanner and angiography - recording of brain blood vessels), as well as adequate surgical and conservative treatment.


Headache what occurs for the first time in your lifeEach "new onset" headache, what you have not experienced, requires consultation with a physician. This is particularly true for headaches whose occurence can not be explained, because there are no causes such as fatigue, stress, injury or any other condition that could possibly be related to its emergence. Doctor will, then, to assess headache and decide on possible additional tests and treatment.


Headache that is substantially different in strength and/or quality compared to what headaches you usually have. Any change of the kind of headache patients already recognize, requires a certain measure of caution. From early present tendency to headache must not be misleading, because the change in the basic characteristics of headaches can be caused by serious illnesses, such as unutarlobanjsko bleeding or brain tumors.


Headache associated with symptoms such as slurred speech, difficulty starting the hands or feet, disorders of balance, weakness of vision, confusion or memory lossThese symptoms associated with headache, clearly indicate brain damage, most commonly as a result of tumor, hemorrhage or infarction. It is necessary to consult a doctor and provide additional diagnostics.


Headache accompanied by fever, neck stiffness, nausea and vomitingHeadache accompanied by the above symptoms is usually a sign of meningitis (meningitis), a disease that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. People are often afraid of strong headaches, because they think they are caused by the tumor. However, this is rarely the case.


Headache which shows a tendency to continuous amplification in a 24-hour period. Virtually every headache, regardless of the initial volume, has a tendency to eventually "give in", or at least not increase, and that the period of his life has stages with stronger and weaker intensity. Continuous enhancement of headaches in a few-hour period may indicate the development of a process that requires immediate diagnosis and treatment.


Headache that occurs after head injury: After head trauma, headache is a relatively common occurrence that does not have, and usually is not associated with serious brain damage. However, with head injuries, even minor, sometimes serious damage can incur, such as brain contusion, skull fracture or bleeding. Headache may be the first sign of such complications. Therefore, every headache after head injury requires caution.


Exceptionally severe headache "in" one eye and surrounding area, accompanied by redness of the eye. This headache can be a sign of vascular malformations (congenital disorder of the blood vessels of the brain), such as an aneurysm of the carotid artery (one of the main arteries that "feeds" the brain) or karotiko-cavernous fistula. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor.


Headache that first appeared in the aftermath of 50 years of age. Any headache that first appears in later life requires special attention, because there is a relatively high probability that it is caused by the relevant diseases, such as cerebral haemorrhage, cerebral infarction, tumors, inflammations...


Headache that occurs in people who are treated for cancer. In these situations, headache always indicates real doubt on the occurrence of brain metastases. Therefore, it is necessary to consult a physician for the sake of proper diagnostics.


Headache that lasts longer than 72 hours. Some benign headaches, such as migraine, lasting up to 72 hours, in a rare situation, some longer. However, any sustained, prolonged headache, which comes out of the usual framework, always requires extra caution because so time-consuming pain rarely indicates the primary headaches, which are diseases in themselves, but encourages the suspicion of secondary headache, which is a symptom of another, sometimes and a very serious disease.


Headache that intensifies in the morning. Jake, morning headaches, especially if they are accompanied by a feeling of nausea and the urge to vomit, can point to an increase unutarlobanjskog pressure, which can be a result of cancer or other diseases of the brain.


Headaches, which can not be adequately controlled by conventional painkillers. The presence of these headaches may not be, and usually is not, a sign of some serious disease. However, consultation with a doctor should be done in order to determine the type of headache and prescribe appropriate therapy, which will pain under control.

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