Most people with recurrent or long standing headache symptoms do not have a serious problem.
Most people who attend a doctor with problem headaches have Migraine in one form or another.
The people most at risk of serious disease are people with a headache of new onset.
You should read about 16 different causes of ‘Dangerous Headaches‘.
If you start to get a headache out of the blue, having never had headaches before, then you have a 2-5% chance of a serious underlying cause.
If you have a sudden onset, very severe headache out of the blue which persists then the risk of a serious underlying cause is close to 10%, and you must seek immediate medical advice.
Here’s a list of headache symptoms many people have found helpful over the years:
- Sharp Head Pain
- Headache in the Back of the Head
- Pain behind the Ear
- Headache on Top of the Head
- Ice Pick Headache
- Headaches due to Heart Disease
- Headache when I cough
- Sudden severe ‘Thunderclap Headache’
- Dehydration Headache
- Stress Headaches
- Medication Withdrawal Headaches or Rebound Headaches
- Headaches and Weight Gain
Managing migraine does not need expensive new drugs (there is a lot of talk about CGRP Monoclonal Antibodies which cost £300 per month).
I have written out a simple approach to managing migraine on a budget.
For professional advice you can ask for a private appointment