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    When to Seek Medical Care for a Headache or Migraine

    Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

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    Go to a hospital emergency department if any of the following occur:

    • Weakness or paralysis
    • Having the worst headache ever, especially if the headache came on very quickly
    • Headache associated with trauma to the head
    • Trauma to the head with loss of consciousness
    • Fever or stiff neck associated with a headache
    • Decreased level of consciousness or confusion
    • Seizure

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on February 22, 2015
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