There are times when it is very important to call a doctor when you have a headache. It is wise to know when it is extremely important. For example, you may have a headache and say to yourself, ah, it’ll go away. I’ve had headaches before. Well, this can be true, but there are some cases when a pain in the head is something you have to seriously think about. You can get a pain in the head that definitely requires medical attention.
For example, you can get a pain in the head due to a ruptured aneurysm or a stroke. How will you be able to know the difference from something that is life threatening and something that is not?
If you suddenly get a very severe headache, and it won’t go away, or gets worse, even after you have taken pain medication for it, this is the time to call a doctor. This type of headache can be due to an aneurysm which is caused by a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. When a blood vessel has ruptured, it causes bleeding into the brain.
A headache that is followed by slurred speech or a weakness on one side of your body can be a sign of a stroke. This is when it is extremely important to get to the emergency room by calling 911. If you get a headache after a fall, and it seems very minor at first, but later gets worse, call a doctor. This can be a lethal brain swelling.
Many people who get migraines quite frequently do not consider it important to contact a doctor. However, recent studies have shown that women who regularly experience migraines, accompanied by perceptual distortions, such as flashings or zigzag lights or blurred vision should contact a physician. There have been evidence that this type of headaches can be caused by small brain lesions. Getting preventive treatment can be a great help.
Unfortunately, many of us have been taught during our childhood that we should be tough. Ignore our pains. This is not always true, especially when it comes to something as important as your health.
Source; Reader’s Digest – Article, “Act Fast! 7 Ailments That Can’t Wait.”