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When A Headache Is A Medical Emergency

While we often joke that the treatment of headache is "take two aspirin and call me in the morning", sometimes a severe headache is actually a medical emergency.  How do you know when a headache means you're "just" stressed out and need a nap or when it means call your doctor right away?  These tips should help.  Consult your physician immediately if you would check off any of the following: 


Your headache is the worst headache of your life.


Your headache is accompanied by fever and a stiff neck.


Your headaches begin after or are caused by head injury, exertion, coughing or bending.


You experience your first severe headache after the age of 50.


You have visual changes/disturbances immediately before the headache or along with it.


You have numbness or tingling along one side of the body.

Created: 1/29/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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