Headaches are very common, and are usually harmless and go away on their own. However, sometimes these headaches can be a sign of something more serious. Here are some things to keep in mind the next time you have a headache that has these symptoms.
The most common types of headaches are tension headaches, a sinus headache or a migraine. People with these headaches usually experience a dull pain that builds slowly, but tends to go away after some time.
While the common headache is usually harmless, in some cases a headache can be a sign of a stroke, an aneurysm, a brain tumor, or bleeding in the brain. In very rare cases, they can mean that your arteries and veins are not connected correctly.
If your headache is all of a sudden and the pain is unbearable, it’s called a ‘thunderclap headache.’ They usually are the most painful after 60 seconds, and often are a sign of bleeding in the brain, and can be very serious.
If you get a headache after exercise or any other physical activity it could be a symptom of a brain tumor or an aneurysm. Serious headaches can cause slurred speech and blurred vision. They may also cause trouble balancing, confusion or memory loss. These are also signs of a stroke.
If you are experiencing headaches when you are over the age of 55, talk to your doctor. Also, if you have had a head injury and get a headache it could lead to concussion or brain damage if not treated immediately.
If your headache is happening around one eye that is called a cluster headache. If the eye goes red, it could be a sign of a brain tumor or aneurysm. Cluster headaches can cause nausea and vomiting. But if you have a fever or stiff neck it could be meningitis. See a doctor if your headache worsens after 24 hours, and if you have a history of cancer watch out if you experience a new kind of headache.