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As I’ve said, there are all sorts of different headaches you could have.
Most of the time, you’re going to get a tension headache, a sinus headache or a migraine. These usually come with a dull pain and build slowly.
But some headaches can be signs of a stroke, an aneurysm, a brain tumor, or bleeding in the brain.
In rare cases, they can even mean your arteries and veins aren’t connected properly.
So if you get any of the following headaches, contact a doctor immediately.
After a long day, a dull headache is often expected, but that doesn’t mean you should always assume the pain is harmless. Keep reading for dangerous headaches to look out for!
After working all week and coming home to screaming kids each night, you’re bound to get a headache once in a while.
Normally, headaches can be treated with an OTC painkiller, some light exercise, or even a stress-relieving bath.
But that doesn’t mean you should always chalk up a persistent headache to everyday stress. If your head is constantly throbbing, your body might be alerting you to something far more dangerous.
While most headaches are completely harmless, there are a few dangerous types to keep an eye out for:
- “Thunderclap” Headache: These frequent headaches are quick and severe. In less than a minute, they can leave you writhing in pain. It’s extremely important not to ignore the warning signs of a thunderclap headache, as they may be indicative of a serious underlying problem, such as bleeding around the brain.
- Post-injury Headache: Even the smallest head injury can cause headaches. Always make sure to schedule an immediate appointment with your doctor following a head injury. Headaches caused by an injury can often be associated with a concussion.
- Headache After Waking Up: If you get a good night’s sleep, you should never have a headache when you wake up. While an early morning headache likely means you slept poorly the night before, the pain can also point to something more serious, like a brain tumor.
- Sudden Headache: A common tension headache typically builds over time. Most normal headaches do not feel suddenly intense in an instant. If you experience a sudden headache, accompanied by weakness in the face, legs, and arms, numbness on one side of the body, and difficulty speaking, this may be a sign of a heart attack.
Here are a few warning signs of a dangerous headache:
- Headache after sex or exercise
- Shortness of breath
- Blurred vision
- Headache that intensifies over time
- Headache followed by nausea and vomiting
- Headache that changes in location and frequency