There are many different types of headaches. The most common ones are migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. Other types of headaches include: sinus, psychogenic, post-concussive, cranial arteritis, occipital, hypertension, caffeine rebound, trigeminal neuralgia, glaucoma and the list goes on and on. Even though most headaches are benign, there are some symptoms that are consider red flags that should not be missed by you or any physician. Paying attention to them can save your life or the life of a loved one.
- Headache starting after 50 years of age
- Sudden onset of headache
- A headache different than any headache you have ever felt before
- Headaches increasing in frequency and severity
- New onset headache in a patient with risk of HIV infection or cancer
- Headache with signs of systematic illness: fever, stiff neck, rash
- Focal neurologic signs or symptoms of disease other than typical aura: weakness, double-vision, dimming of vision, trouble speaking, disorientation, balance changes, unilateral sensory disturbances or weakness.
- Headache subsequent to trauma