3 Headaches That Require Emergency Attention
Is it just a headache?
Although a bad migraine might make you wish for the end of everything, headaches are not usually life-threatening. However, a severe headache can signal something much more serious and requiring emergency attention, such as stroke, aneurysm, and meningitis.
These are not terribly common, but it's worth watching for a headache that feels markedly different from normal–even if normal is agonizing. Here are three signs to watch for.
Neck pain and fever
Severe nausea or vomiting and any neuro-deficit (such as difficulty speaking or walking) could be signs of a hemorrhagic stroke.
The worst headache ever
See a doctor
If you go to the emergency room, expect the doctors to perform a CT scan, which can reveal a bigger problem. "We always like to be bothered," says Dr. Wilkes. "Let me decide if there's a problem or not. I'd so much rather have people come in unnecessarily and reassure them and send them home, than miss something that could have helped saved their life."