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What migraine or headache symptoms are not an emergency but still need medical attention?

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These migraine or headache symptoms don’t need urgent care, but you should let your doctor know if you:

  • Have three or more headaches per week
  • Have headaches that keep getting worse and won't go away
  • Need to take a pain reliever every day or almost every day for your headaches
  • Need more than two to three doses of over-the-counter medications per week to feel better
  • Have headaches that are triggered by coughing, bending, or intense physical activity
  • Have a history of headaches but have noticed a recent change in your symptoms

SOURCES:

www.achenet.org: "Headache “Red Flags,” When to See Your Doctor."

Mayo Clinic: "Headache: When to see a doctor."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

www.achenet.org: "Headache “Red Flags,” When to See Your Doctor."

Mayo Clinic: "Headache: When to see a doctor."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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