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Forum Name: Headaches
|JenniRenae - Thu Sep 11, 2008 12:17 pm||
I have had a headache from mildly irritating to severe (had trouble finding my way home last week) for the past three weeks. It is extremely bad in the morning and I have woken with it on occasion. It stays with me and has not gone totally away. Today I began feeling shaky as though taking some diet pill (which I'm not). My eyes feel as though I could just close them forever but I am not tired persay... in fact I am feeling energized today. I am concerned that the otc headache relievers are not helping. I have had headaches and migraines all my life but nothing like this. We don't have insurance and I am not sure how long to wait this out or how serious this may be.
|Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Dec 09, 2008 4:31 am||
I hope you are feeling better. You have posted a very good question: "When are headaches concerning". It's especially important since headaches are frequent complaints and mostly the causes are not so serious.
Here are some of the warning signs that may accompany headache and could herald a dangerous underlying condition.
* Any new headache or a change in the character of a headache (especially in patients >40yrs) should be checked.
* Headache with fever
* Exertional headache (on exercise), cough related, sex related (although this may also occur in Migraine)
* Abnormal mental status, personality changes
* Recent trauma
* Severe symptoms: severe headache
* Headache and neck rigidity: Subarachnoid hemorrhage, meningeal (fever),
* Symptoms of increased intracranial tension (blurry vision, vomiting).
* Focal neurological symptoms (eg, limb weakness).
If you are still experiencing these symptoms I would recommend you get checked.
Please keep us updated.
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