Almost everyone has experienced a headache at least once in their life, but their are different levels of pain depending on whether you are experiencing a cluster headache, a tension headache, or a migraine. To help ease the pain, many people take Advil, but if that doesn’t work it could be a sign of something much worse. If you are notice any of these warning signs your headache could be something much more dangerous.
Headaches with neck pain: If your headache is accompanied by face and neck pain, it has the potential to tear one of your four carotid arteries located along the side of your neck. Any kind of damage done to these arteries could result in a large accumulation of blood that blocks the flow of fresh blood from your heart to your brain, and has the potential to cause a stroke.
Headaches and numbness: Experiencing a headache with numbness and weakness focused on one half of your head could be a possible sign of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis. This means you have an excess amount of blood or bleeding around your brain, which is another major cause of a stroke.
The thunderclap headache: These headaches really live up to their name because they strike suddenly like thunder and lightening, and can leave your head throbbing in pain for about a minute. However, if your pain returns after an hour, it could be the start of a fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Headaches with vision impairment: Giant Cell Arteritis is a condition where the arteries in your head become inflamed. The inflammation is often accompanied by pain behind your eyes, in your upper neck, and in the back of your head. It is also common to experience blurred vision, and if gone untreated for too long it could increase your risk of stroke, and even lead to permanent blindness.
Headaches related to injuries: If you crashed on your bike, or injured yourself in a football or basketball game, and begin experiencing headaches within 10 days of the event, there is a very high possibility you’re suffering from a concussion.
Headaches with a stiff neck: This is most likely a warning sign of meningitis because about 95 percent of all patients experiencing meningitis report getting headaches accompanied by a stiff neck.
Headaches after a one night stand: If you find yourself getting headaches after one night stands, or other risky behaviors, you should get yourself checked out as soon as you can because headaches are one of the main symptoms of HIV.
Headaches after physical activity: Getting headaches after exercising, or working out is a probable sign of dehydration. So, next time you’re going out for an intense workout, bring a water bottle to make sure you stay properly hydrated.
Headaches and pregnancy: It is actually somewhat common to experience headaches more often while you’re pregnant, but if getting headaches is unusual for you, it would be wise to schedule a trip to your doctor. Make sure to SHARE this post with friends that experience headaches on a regular basis!