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How to Spot a Headache That Is Dangerous

By Sandy Schroeder

Headaches come and go, but some headaches send out signals that are not normal, and they require help. If you never have headaches, and now you are having lots of them, or if a daily headache becomes extremely intense, see your physician to get it checked out. Here are some more signals from that you should know.

Your Headache Has More Symptoms

If a severe headache also comes with a fever or mental confusion, you could be dealing with encephalitis, meningitis or brain inflammation. Go to the ER to have it checked out.

A Headache Flips On and Hits Hard

A dangerous headache that shows up suddenly and settles in can be a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is a bleeding in the brain caused by an aneurysm. Go to ER immediately. Never take pain pills or go to sleep.

Everybody Around You Has a Headache

Headache can be a sign of carbon dioxide (C02) poisoning. If everyone around you is complaining of a headache, go outside to see if it lets up. It the headache lets up, warn everyone inside, open the windows, and have the building checked.

Your Headache Seems Different

You may be all too familiar with migraines, but if you have a different type of headache turn up, it can be a trouble signal. If the new headache is a strong one, and different from the ones you usually have, go to ER to have it checked out.

Your Headache Involves the Eye

If there is a change in your eyesight, or there is eye pain, go into ER and alert your ophthalmologist. Eye pressure that restricts blood flow can cause blindness. This can be acute glaucoma. If you go into a darkened area, and sudden pressure and pain occur as your eye dilates, treat it as an emergency and get help immediately.

Headache Pain Turns Up in the Temples

Temporal arteritis is an inflammation of temple arteries that may come with a fever and fuzzy vision. It usually occurs after age 50 and needs immediate treatment to avoid blindness.

A Fall Is Linked with Blood Thinners

If you are taking blood thinners and have hit your head, you need to go into ER immediately if you have a headache. This can be a subdural hematoma, which is a slow bleed inside the brain, which will not clot because of the blood thinners.

All of these headache danger signals are serious. If you spot them, get help. For ongoing difficulties with tension headaches, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic to find solutions.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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