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When do you need medical help for you migraines or headaches?

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  • The following headache symptoms mean you should get medical help right away: A sudden, new, severe headache that comes with:
  • Headache pain that wakes you up at night
  • Headaches that happen after a head injury or accident
  • A new type of headache after age 55

1. Weakness, dizziness, sudden loss of balance or falling, numbness or tingling, or can’t move your body

2. Trouble with speech, confusion, seizures, personality changes, or inappropriate behavior

3. Blurry vision, double vision, or blind spots

4. Fever, shortness of breath, a stiff neck, or rash

5. Severe nausea and vomiting

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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