BY, Marsha Derek MD.
Everyone’s had a day in bed with a headache. Sometimes, admittedly, we did it to ourselves. A good night out is a great way to score a killer cranium the next day, and the only reason that pain isn’t worrisome is that we all know how it happened. But what about those times when you don’t know where your headache is from? Headaches, like most aches and pains, are the way your body tells you, “Hey, listen up dude, I need something”. That “something” can be pretty benign, but it could be a sign of something more serious.
Thunderclap Headache Is Nothing To Clap About (Put Your Damn Hands Down)
These headaches are scary because they come out of effing nowhere. This baby has a severe and sudden onset and takes only seconds to reach maximum intensity. It can be an indicator of a number of health problems. The scariest of these is a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which can be life-threatening.”Enforce This!” — This Guy’s Head
There are many times in life when your head is going to just give you a big “nope” and keep you aching in the dark with a bucket. Some people risk head injury for a living and though this is a fact of life (hockey, boxing, football, etc. are not possible without risk of injury), pain needs to be monitored to keep serious problems from developing.
Rise And Shine! You Get A Headache For Breakfast!
If you’re waking up wanting to rip your hair out BEFORE finding out you have nothing to wear, you may have a headache that needs attention. According to The National Headache Foundation, “Serious diseases may cause early morning awakening headaches. These diseases may include brain tumors, sleep apnea, and severe high blood pressure.”
There Is Something In Medicine Known Simply As “The Worst Headache Of Your Life”
This is also known as a cluster headache, but you can easily find it putting “The Worst Headache Of Your Life” into Google because doctors literally call it that. It’s unclear what causes these monsters, but they usually strike in one part of the head and make it nearly impossible to live a normal life until the headache decides to leave you alone.
All The Other Unusual Feels That You Get Above The Shoulders
It’s easy to scar yourself when you look at these but don’t worry, this is just to give you and your doctor something to talk about. Take note if you notice headache-related changes in vision, digestion, mood, neck tension and irritability.
A Chart And Everything! You’re Welcome!
Like every important thing on the internet, there’s a chart for that. Headaches can be serious or not, depending on what causes them. Having a visual way of describing your problem will help health-care professionals classify your headache accurately and get you the help you need (although, you’re probably fine, don’t freak out).