Are migraines serious?
Migraines, while incredibly painful and often debilitating, are usually not serious, however in some cases they can put sufferers at a higher risk of serious health conditions such as stroke and heart disease. There are many different triggers that can cause migraines and the condition is worth discussing with your doctor. If migraines are a part of your life on a regular basis, it is important to keep a journal describing your headaches, what you were doing leading up to it, what foods you ate, activities you participated in and what you used to treat it. Reviewing this with your doctor can help determine what the causes of your migraines are, and there may be several different triggers, and come up with a plan for how to prevent and treat them. Your doctor can also properly diagnose your headaches to ensure that they are truly migraines and not another form of headache. For some people, their migraines require prescription medication in order to get relief but these medications will only work on a true migraine headache. The frequency of your migraines could be cause for concern, so if you are getting several a month, causing you to miss school or work, it is a good idea to get them checked by your doctor.
When should you be concerned about a headache?
Headaches can come in many different forms, depending on the cause. While most headaches can be treated using methods specific to their cause, other headaches can be a sign of a more serious issue and you should seek medical treatment. Signs of potentially serious headache pain include:
- Very intense, sudden headache pain, referred to as a thunderclap headache
- Sharp or severe headache pain for the first time
- Stiff neck and fever over 102F
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness, fainting or loss of balance
- Pressure on the back of the head
- Pain that wakes you up or gets worse when you change positions
- Blurred or double vision or auras
- Confusion, difficulty understanding, slurred or garbled speech
- Droopiness on one side of the face or weakness on one side of the body
- Difficulty walking
- Muscle or joint pain
- Tenderness, painful area, bump or injury on your head
- An animal bite
- Night sweats
- Constant pain in one area of your head
What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?
People who suffer from migraines on a regular basis are typically able to tell the difference between a migraine and a headache. The duration and frequency of migraines will differ from one person to the next, but the symptoms are often very similar. Migraines are usually distinguished from a headache by the type of pain experienced, which is typically focused on only one side of the head and pulses or throbs in that spot. Migraines are also often accompanied by sensitivity to sound and light, as well as smell and touch in some cases. Nausea and vomiting may also accompany a migraine, making it hard to eat or drink during a migraine attack. Headaches can range from mild to severe, so it can be easy to get a severe headache confused with a migraine. Headaches are often experienced in the forehead, back of the neck and the temples. Unlike migraines, they are usually felt on both sides of the head and cause an aching pressure.
When should I go to the doctor for headache treatment?
You should seek treatment from a doctor for headaches that are frequent, don’t respond to current treatment, last for long periods of time with no relief and are causing disruptions to your daily tasks and activities. Getting to the source of regular headaches can help you find relief from them. In some cases, the trigger can be something that is easily fixed such as drinking more water, ensuring you are eating enough food, taking screen time breaks or getting more fresh air. In other cases, treatment may require medication or alternative therapies for treatment. There are several different types of headaches and sufferers can experience any number of these. These headaches can each respond to a different type of treatment, so it is important to understand the triggers and causes in order to avoid them, or if that isn’t possible, at least know how to treat them. If you are experiencing headaches and migraines, then book an appointment right away at PrimeHealth Urgent Care. Our team of medical professionals are here to help treat your headaches and migraines and we care about your health and well-being. We are also open 7 days a week and we are accepting new patients. We serve patients from Parrish FL, Ellenton FL, Bradenton FL, Palmetto FL, Lakewood Ranch FL, Sarasota FL, Sun City FL, and Wimauma FL. Looking forward to serve you!