There’s no one-size-fits-all headache
According to Brian Grosberg, MD, director of the Hartford HealthCare Headache Center, there are over 300 different types and causes of headaches. “Taking a thorough headache history helps determine if there are ‘red flags’ or worrisome features that may be indicative that the headache is attributable to some underlying condition or cause,” he says. Find out the foods that are the most likely to trigger a headache.
Your head is throbbing
It’s estimated that around six percent of men and 18 percent of women suffer from migraines. If you happen to fall into that group, you know how painful and debilitating they can be. Though the first time you feel it coming on, you might worry something is terribly wrong, migraine sufferers become experts at the warning signs. Neurologist Isha Gupta, MD, explains, “Severe migraines can be described as intense throbbing or pounding sensations, with sensitivity to light or sound. Other types of severe headaches can be described as sharp stabbing pain in the face or around the eye. Some people have severe tension headache described as a band-like squeezing.” Though it’s important to talk to your doctor if you continuously experience migraine-like symptoms, they can be managed with medicine and therapy.
You have numbness or slurred speech
Dr. Gupta says that because of their singular symptom—a headache— aneurysms are often hard to diagnose and catch. However, there are a few indicators that the pain between your eyes or in the back of your head is more than just having one-too-many drinks, and could actually be quite dangerous and life-threatening. The biggest one? Dr. Gupta explains that aneurysms “are sometimes associated with difficulty speaking, slurred speech, difficulty thinking or understanding other people, difficulty moving your arms or legs, numbness or tingling in the body, vision changes, or face drooping.” She says that if you notice any of those side effects, it’s time to go to the emergency room, ASAP. Here are 13 surprising things that can trigger a headache.