Is it just a headache?
If you’ve a bad migraine you might wish for the end of everything, but these headaches are not life threatening. However, if you have a severe headache, it means it’s a signal of something much more serious, requiring emergency attention such as aneurysm, stroke, and meningitis. These are not terribly common, but it’s worth watching for a unusual headache that feels much different from normal-even if the normal one is agonizing. Here are 3 signs to watch for.
Severe vomiting or nausea and any kind of neuro-deficit (such as difficulty walking or speaking), which could be a sign of hemorrhagic stroke.
Neck pain and fever
A fever or stiff neck could be a sign of meningitis, an inflammation of membranes that surround the central nervous system, which can quickly turn critical.
The worst headache ever
“The thing most of us are taught to look for is someone claiming to have “the worst possible headache of their life,'” says Mike Dikies, MD, an ER specialist at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa. This symptom indicates that they have an aneurysm in the brain that has now begun to leak some blood, but may turn catastrophic full bleed. And if that happens it’s a life threatening situation.
See your doctor
If you end up in a emergency room, doctors thee will first perform a CT scan (it helps in revealing a bigger problem) followed by other tests. This approach will help doctors decide on the future course of treatment.