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When should someone call 911 with headaches?

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Call 911 if:

  • You have a sudden, severe headache. It is the “worst headache of your life.” You may have also had a seizure, are confused, have passed out, or have a change in behavior. These may be signs of a stroke. Call 911.
  • You have a severe headache with vomiting, limb weakness, double vision, slurred speech, or difficulty swallowing. This may signal a stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, or an aneurysm. Call 911. Get medical help now.

SOURCES: 

Buchholz, D. Workman Publishing Company, 2002.  Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain,

Livingstone, I. " " Novak Owl Books, 2004.  Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches,

Smith T. 2004.  Drugs,

Young, W. Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.  Migraine and other Headaches,

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

UpToDate: Patient information: Headache causes and diagnosis in adults (Beyond the Basics).

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 19, 2017

SOURCES: 

Buchholz, D. Workman Publishing Company, 2002.  Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain,

Livingstone, I. " " Novak Owl Books, 2004.  Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches,

Smith T. 2004.  Drugs,

Young, W. Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.  Migraine and other Headaches,

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

UpToDate: Patient information: Headache causes and diagnosis in adults (Beyond the Basics).

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on July 19, 2017

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