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When to Visit a Doctor About Your Headaches

Headaches are a problem that pretty much everybody faces on a semi-regular basis. For that reason, it can be very difficult to determine whether or not a headache that you are having is enough of a reason to visit a doctor. There are some situations that doctors can help out with when it comes to easing headaches, but not every headache is worthy of your hard-earned dollars. In this article, we’ll let you know about some of the headache warning signs that let you know that you should seek professional help for it.

First, we’ll begin with some basic, general rules. If you are experiencing headaches chronically (very often), it might be a good idea to speak with a health care professional. Chronic headache cases are usually described as headaches that occur at least fifteen days out of a month. Another warning sign that lets you know that you should visit a doctor is how severely and quickly the headaches that you are experiencing take hold. If the headaches tend to come out of nowhere and reach intense levels of pain quickly, it may be a telltale sign of a headache problem that needs to be addressed.

Another thing to note is the other symptoms that occur while you have your headache. Headaches can often accompany more serious medical problems and if you neglect the warning signs, you may find yourself in more trouble than you’d think. If your headache occurs in conjunction with a feeling of confusion or dizziness, you should seek medical help. Also, fever, a feeling of numbness, or a shortness of breath may be just cause to get a professional opinion. If your headaches won’t stop, and gradually increase in pain over time, you should visit a doctor, and if over-the-counter analgesic pills aren’t enough to curb your pain, you should get a proper opinion before you consider taking more than the recommended dosage of medication.

There are some types of headaches that may merit a trip to the emergency room. While it’s tough to tell exactly how severe your headache is, if you feel that the headache that you are currently experiencing is more intense than any other that you’ve ever felt, you should seek help immediately. Also, if the headache is accompanied by a loss of vision or consciousness, or uncontrollable nausea, serious problems may be afoot. Migraines that occur for 72 hours or more also represent a significant risk to your health.

The bottom line of all this is that if you feel that you should probably visit a doctor to treat your headache problem, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. When the pain is too much for you to bear, you can’t be too careful. Intense headaches can occur when very serious problems abound, such as meningitis or brain cancer. As the saying goes, you’re better safe than sorry, so be sure to get a professional opinion on any problem that is worrisome to you. Your health is your responsibility, so take action!

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5th January 07
thanks for the advice it really helped!

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