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Top 4 Types of Headaches That Signal a Dangerous Problem

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If it is associated with sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg and only one side of the body is affected, this is a warning sign of a stroke. Additional symptoms of a stroke include sudden onset of confusion, trouble speaking and understanding, difficultly seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness, and loss of balance. A person who experiences these symptoms must seek immediate emergency medical attention.

Severe Headache with Stiff Neck and Fever

A severe headache that is associated with a stiff neck, high fever, nausea and vomiting warns of meningitis. Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges, which are the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Additional symptoms of meningitis are confusion, seizures, sleepiness, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, and in some cases, a skin rash. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

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My co-worker gets migraine headaches frequently, at least once a month. Yesterday she had one so bad, she had to go home before she said she wouldn't be able to drive home. She said she has migraine medicine from her doctor. I just wonder about this, she is 31.
I wonder if this is dangerous, she has seen a dcotor about this a while ago, but she can't function when she gets these.

May 14, 2015 - 8:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I has a co worker that had the same issue. The doctor had her try all sorts of things including eating different. She went on an all natural fruit vegetable juice cleansing and then incorporated them into a healthy diet and it eliminated that issue.

November 28, 2015 - 12:14pm
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I have been having this horrible constant headaches worse than I have ever felt in my life . Persistant Nausea, vomitting, blurred vision, swelling of glands on back of my head and I haven't been able to sleep.

January 24, 2015 - 10:47am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Call and schedule an appointment with your physician. These symptoms should not be overlooked.


January 26, 2015 - 9:37am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for the advice. I made an appointment to get checked next week. They have gotten worse and the pain is more severe. So my husband made an appointment for me.

January 26, 2015 - 10:51am
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My daughter is 15 started having daily head pain that never goes away. Three months into it she started cycle vomiting and had to be put on a feeding tube. We sought out a sports doctor as she is an athlete and he said she had suffered a concussion with her atlas out of align. The neurologist acts like I'm a mental patient when I bring it up. She got into hyper baric chamber and it helped her to stop throwing up. We changed her mode of treatment head pain increased and vomiting started back. She is now on a picc line and being feed nutrients that way. Some new meds they put her on made her now have the shakes. Does anyone out there have similar issues. Does this sound like post concussive syndrome to anyone?

November 18, 2012 - 11:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi dear ive been vommiting 3 weeks in a row with top of head headaches i dont know what it is vut i know i need to get it checked out. Whsat do u think it is? It throbes, and feels cold sometimes & just rotates ontop of my head in diffrent places. I cant sleep either sometimes help

May 23, 2016 - 6:59pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,

A persistent headache needs to be evaluated by a physician. It could be as simple as eye strain or something more, like sinusitis. Since you have been having this headache for a month or more, you should consult your doctor.


November 13, 2012 - 6:38pm
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