When to See A Physi­cian for Your Headache

Wellness Update - - What Doctors Know And Your Should, Too! -

There are times when headaches or un­char­ac­ter­is­tic mi­graine symp­toms are in­di­ca­tions of some­thing that needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion. Some in­di­vid­u­als are re­luc­tant to call their doc­tors or go to an Emer­gency Depart­ment be­cause they don’t want to ar­rive only to learn that noth­ing out of the or­di­nary is wrong. Please, don’t be con­cerned about that; get med­i­cal at­ten­tion if you think you fit the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria. • You have more than the oc­ca­sional headache • Your headaches are se­vere or come on quickly • Your headache is ac­com­pa­nied by any of the fol­low­ing: (And you have not dis­cussed th­ese symp­toms with your doc­tor be­fore) ο Con­fu­sion ο Dizzi­ness ο Fever ο Numb­ness ο Per­sis­tent vom­it­ing ο Short­ness of breath ο Slurred speech ο Stiff neck ο Un­pre­dicted symp­toms af­fect­ing

your ears, nose, throat pr eyes ο Un­re­lent­ing di­ar­rhea ο Vi­sion loss ο Weak­ness • Your have a headache that per­sists, and

con­tin­ues to get worse or won’t stop • Your headaches in­ter­fere with your

nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties of daily life • You find your­self tak­ing pain re­liev­ers

more than two days a week • You take over-the-counter med­i­ca­tions for headache

re­lief but the rec­om­mended dosage is not ad­e­quate • Cough­ing, sneez­ing, bend­ing over, ex­er­cise

or sex­ual ac­tiv­ity cause headaches • You have headaches that con­tinue and that

be­gan af­ter a head in­jury, or other trauma • The char­ac­ter­is­tics of your headaches change • The symp­toms of your mi­graine at­tacks change

See your Physi­cian Im­me­di­ately or Go to an Emer­gency Depart­ment if:

• You are hav­ing the worst headache ever • You are hav­ing your worst mi­graine at­tack ever • Your headache is ac­com­pa­nied by the fol­low­ing symp­toms: ο Un­re­solved loss of vi­sion ο Loss of con­scious­ness ο Un­con­trol­lable vom­it­ing ο The pain of your headache lasts more than 72 hours with

less than a solid four-hour pain-free pe­riod while awake ο You ex­pe­ri­ence a headache or a mi­graine at­tack that presents un­usual symp­toms that are ab­nor­mal for you and fright­en­ing -This in­for­ma­tion pro­vided courtesy of the National Headache Foun­da­tion. headaches.org

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