Generally, headaches are triggered due to stress, tension and sinuses and do not represent a health hazard. However, one must learn to recognize dangerous headaches as they can be serious and require urgent medical attention.
These headaches require a visit to the doctor:
1. Headache “thunderclap”
These headaches are common and serious. They develop in one minute and can be caused by cerebral hemorrhage after a stroke, head trauma or aneurysm.
2. Headaches after an injury
If you have suffered a head injury that has been followed by headaches, you should consult a doctor, as these pains may indicate a concussion. Even a small head injury can cause bleeding in the brain, which can lead to headaches or pressure in the skull.
3. Headache during walking
Having headaches after going to bed, then waking up with more intense headaches that cause vomiting, may indicate a danger. If headaches do not go away even after taking medication and the pain increases when you walk or exercise, it can be a serious health problem. This type of headache can be a symptom of a brain tumor.
4. The worst headaches
This type of headache is located in the head and upper neck when lying down. It is accompanied by stiffness in the neck, intolerance to light, vomiting and confusion. These headaches may indicate hemorrhage caused by aneurysm rupture in the brain. If you notice these symptoms, you should immediately consult a doctor.
5. Sudden headaches
Sudden headaches that are accompanied by severe pain, weakness of arms, legs and face, numbness on one side of the body, loss of balance, difficulty speaking, walking or seeing (affecting one or both eyes), may indicate a heart attack. This requires an immediate transfer to the emergency room.
6. Unusual headaches
If you have an unusual headache that does not resemble the headaches you have experienced so far, you need to see a doctor.
These headaches are considered unusual:
• Headaches after the age of 50
• Headaches that change intensity, location and frequency
• The worsening headaches
• Disorders of vision and speech
• Headaches after jogging, weightlifting or sex
• The worst headache we have ever known
• imbalance, memory loss, confusion and inability to easily move the extremities
• Headaches followed by fever, vomiting and nausea
• Shortness of breath
• Inability to perform normal daily activities