There are lots of warning signs to be concerned when a person experienced a headache:
- If a headache occurs after 40 years old for the first time.
- severe pain in your head.
- a headache after coughing.
- a headache with mental function changes.
- a headache with a severe fever.
- a headache with eye pain.
- in a case of unable to do your daily activities due to a headache.
Headache Symptoms May Be Sign Of Serious Problem
There are many causes of a headache and each person may be affected by different triggers in different ways. The degree of pain and how long it lasts will also vary from person to person, but one of the important things to remember is that a headache can be a symptom of other, possibly serious health problems. There are some medical procedures as well as some medications that are known for causing pain, and the associated headache can be understood when they occur.
Medically speaking, a headache is a pain located in the head above the ears and eyes, however, it can also extend down into the neck and upper back. The two classifications of a headache are considered to be primary, in which the pain originates in the brain and secondary, for which the pain in the head is the result of another medical problem such as a sinus infection.
There are some patients that experience pain when atmospheric pressure changes abruptly and mistake this pain as being caused by sinus problems.
In most patients, the pain of a headache can be alleviated with over the counter painkillers but for those suffering secondary pain, the underlying cause will have to the eliminated before the pain diminishes.
If you have a sudden severe headache (as if someone hit you with a hammer), you could suffer from a hemorrhage caused by an aneurysm. We are talking about a dangerous headache that requires immediate medical attention. And I’m not talking about a sharp pain that disappears, but one that simply does not go away.
Your headache is not the only symptom
A headache accompanied by fever is dangerous. This could indicate an infection in the brain such as meningitis. It could also be a warning sign of encephalitis or brain inflammation. If there are a pain, fever and an altered mental state (confusion, lack of memory), do not hesitate to go to the emergency room.
The pain is behind or around the eye
If your headache includes eye pain, especially if it also affects vision, you may be at risk for glaucoma or pressure in the eye that cuts off the blood circulation in the eye, resulting in blindness.
Medications Can Cause Pain In The Head
There are medications used to dilate arteries, nitrates for example that are used for chest pain in heart patients. The sudden opening of the arteries can cause a severe headache, but patients understand this is a normal reaction to using the medication. Those who undergo a lumbar tap to test spinal fluid may also suffer severe pain if they do not remain in a reclining position for at least one hour following the test. When the spinal fluid is drawn out a small bubble of air remains in the spine. If a person sits up too quickly, the air rises to the top of the spine and feels as though it explodes into a headache.
Likely the most common cause of a headache is tension, which affects nearly everyone at one time or another. Usually accompanied by self-induced stress over a situation that manifests itself by pain the upper back and crawling into the back of the head. A tension headache will usually affect both sides of the brain but is rarely debilitating and most can work through this type by using over the counter pain medication. The frequency in which a person suffers from a headache can be indicated the need for testing to determine the cause of the recurrence and how it should be treated.