7 Warning Signs Your Headache Could Be Dangerous

A headache is a very common condition that causes pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck.

A headache is the symptom of pain anywhere in the region of the head, scalp or neck. Everyone has suffered from it at some point in their lives.

Most people that are suffered from it, change there lifestyle (such as learning ways to relax, take the pain medicine) and feel better.

Sometimes headaches can be mild, but in many cases, they can cause severe pain that makes it difficult to concentrate at work and to perform other daily activities.

Warning signs of headaches :

Here are 7 warning signs that indicate your headaches could be dangerous :

1. Disruptive First Headache with Vision Impairment :

Headaches and visual disturbances are symptoms most frequently associated with GCA ( Giant Cell Arteritis ). GCA is a disorder in which the arteries of your head, especially those running through your temples, become inflamed.

Generally, these types of headaches are throbbing and persistent headaches that usually occurring in your upper neck region, behind your eyes and at the back of your head.

2. A progressive Headaches with One-Sided Numbness and Weakness :

Headaches that persists with symptoms progressing over a few days, up to a week or more, could indicate CVT (Cerebral Venous Thrombosis).

Generally, these types of headaches are a sharp pain that occurs on one side and may be accompanied by speech and vision impairment, as well as sensitivity to light and loud sounds.

3. Headaches after Risky Sexual Behavior :

Headaches are the primary sign of HIV ( Human Immunodeficiency Virus ). If you suffer from primary headaches ( such as migraines and tension headaches ) then it may not signify any underlying illness or it may indicate that HIV is in its initial stages.

4. Thunderclap Headaches :

Thunderclap headaches strike very suddenly, just like a lightning bolt, inflicting pain that peaks in intensity within 60 seconds, persists and then subsides usually after an hour. Its symptoms are including nausea, vomiting, and mental confusion.

5. Headaches with Neck & Face Pain :  

Trigeminal Neuralgia ( TN or TGN ) are the headaches in face and neck.  It causes abrupt, searing facial pain, especially in your lower face and jaw pain and around your nose, ears, eyes, and lips.

Trigeminal Neuralgia occurs due to nerve irritation or damage that affects the trigeminal nerve ( one of the most wide-reaching nerves in the head which carries sensation from your face to your brain).

6. Headaches with a Stiff Neck :

Headaches with stiff neck are called Meningitis. If you have shooting pain and your neck feels excessively stiff then you may have meningitis.

7. Headaches after sexual intercourse :

Headaches after sexual intercourse may be the medical deliberation. Some sexual headaches are sudden, extremely painful and reaching its summit within a minute, only to persist and gradually subside.


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