What are signs that a headache can be a symptom of a serious problem?

While having an occasional headache is no need to worry, sometimes headaches can be a sign of a serious health issue, according to the National Headache FoundationOff Site Icon (NHF).

Signs you should see your doctor because of a headaches, according to the NHF, include:

  • a persistent headache that gets worse
  • frequent headaches
  • having a headache with any of the following symptoms that you have not yet talked about with your doctor
    • confusion
    • diarrhea that continues
    • dizziness
    • fever
    • numbness
    • shortness of breath
    • slurred speech
    • stiff neck
    • vision loss
    • vomiting that continues
    • weakness
  • headaches from head injuries or head trauma that continue long afterward
  • headaches that come on quickly
  • headaches that make it hard to go to day-to-day activities
  • if coughing, sneezing, bending over, exercise, or sexual activity causes headaches
  • if the symptoms of your migraines change
  • severe headaches
  • taking more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter headache medicine
  • taking over-the-counter medicine for headaches more than two days in a week

For more information about headache symptoms that are concerning, talk with your doctor.

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