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When should you see the doctor

Most people tend to suffer from headaches every once in a while. But when should headaches be considered a cause for concern? When you’re noticing new symptoms or your headache is more severe than usual, it is time to consult a medical practitioner. The easiest way to detect the presence of new symptoms is by knowing and recognizing your personal headache symptoms. When you are aware of what’s normal for you and what isn’t, you’ll know when to seek emergency help.

The following headache symptoms are a cause for concern.

1. Confusion or trouble understanding speech
2. Weakness, dizziness, numbness or tingling, sudden loss of balance or falling, or can’t move your body
3. Speech difficulties
4. Fainting
5. Blurry vision, double vision, or blind spots
6. Shortness of breath, stiff neck, or rash
7. High fever, greater than 102 F to 104 F
8. Headache that wakes you up at night
9. Headaches that occur after a head injury or accident
10. Headaches that start after the age of 50

Consult your doctor if-

1. You get three or more headaches per week
2. You take a pain reliever every day or every alternate day for your headache
3. Headaches are triggered by coughing, exertion, bending or any strenuous activity
4. Headaches worsen over a period of time and won’t go away
5. You need more than 3 doses of over-the-counter medication per week to obtain relief from your headache
6. You have a history of headaches

Warning signs of headaches

1. Thunderclap headaches: A headache that reaches its maximum severity within minutes
2. A substantial change in headache patterns like an increase in frequency or other headache characteristics
3. Positional headaches: Headaches that change in intensity when you change your position. Eg. when you sit or stand
4. Constant headaches in the same location of the head
5. Headaches that never go away