How to identify a headache that should be rushed to the hospital with haste

Headaches that plague many people do not often have serious symptoms, but some have serious health consequences. Natasha Yates, an associate professor and doctor at Bond University in Australia, explains 'How to distinguish between headaches that should be rushed to the hospital right now and those that aren't.'

When should you go to hospital for a headache? A doctor explains how to tell if it's an emergency

The symptoms that Mr. Yates says 'you should go to the hospital immediately' are as follows. If any one of the lists below applies, there is a possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots, tumors, etc.

・ When you suddenly feel pain that you have never experienced
・ When headache worsens due to exercise or sexual activity
・ When you feel neck stiffness after the onset of headache
・ When accompanied by high fever that does not go down even with over-the-counter painkillers
・ When you have a headache after suffering a head or neck injury
・ When personality or behavior changes
・ When you feel weakness or numbness on one side of your body

Yates also said that the following three situations are urgent.

Headaches experienced by women who are pregnant or have just become pregnant
・ Headache of people suffering from immunodeficiency
・ Headaches experienced by people who have been vaccinated with the new coronavirus vaccine in the past 42 days.

It is said that one in four Japanese suffer from headaches, but in many cases headaches can be dealt with without going to the hospital. However, one way is to consult a doctor when the pain is severe. Since there are many possible causes for headaches, it is important to record the degree, frequency, and time of occurrence of headaches in a 'headache diary' in order to receive an accurate diagnosis from a doctor. Yates has published a list of interviews to help doctors diagnose, and recommends that you have answers to these questions when you visit.

◆ Is the cause of the pain clear?
Common causes of headaches include dehydration, eye and neck tension, bruxism, lack of sleep, and caffeine deprivation. Taking painkillers on a regular basis can also cause 'headaches due to substance abuse.'

◆ Where do you have pain in your head?
Thirty-five percent of headaches are 'tension headaches,' which are pains that are tightly tightened with bands on both sides of the head. Also, 4% of people experience 'cluster headaches,' which begin behind the eyes and are accompanied by redness and stuffy nose.

◆ Are there any other symptoms associated with headaches?
Aura of migraine is often a symptom of 'scintillating scotoma,' in which lightning-like jagged light waves suddenly appear in the field of vision. In addition to being sensitive to vomiting and light, it may also be accompanied by blurred vision symptoms.

◆ Is there a pattern for headaches?
Certain headaches, such as migraine headaches and tension headaches, may have triggers such as certain foods, lack of sleep, certain odors, and emotional stress. The headache may be resolved. There are also hormonal headaches that are affected by the menstrual cycle, so if you can discover the relationship between these headaches and their causes, you can prevent or cure the headaches early, Yates said.

Many people with headaches think that they have migraine headaches, but there are many cases where this is a misdiagnosis. Migraine headaches are not well understood, and some migraine headaches are not accompanied by headaches, so Yates consulted a doctor for those who think 'I have migraine headaches' and properly. We recommend that you take action.

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