Don’t Ignore that Headache Or Migraine!
Headaches can come and go. They can range from being very severe to rather mild. This ailment is one of the most common in the world; how you deal with your own headache is a matter of personal choice or urgent necessity depending on the level of pain.
You have probably heard of the three major types of headache:
- Tension headache: This is the most common headache and usually involves pain diffusing across the top of the head. These headaches can result from lack of sleep or stress, but are usually not disabling. Most tension headaches can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relief or a good night’s sleep.
- Migraine: When a migraine hits, it can be debilitating for the sufferer. With symptoms that can last for hours or even days, migraine is one of the most severe forms of headache.
- Cluster headache: Sufferers of cluster headaches report an attack of pain that can often be felt behind the eye. This pain typically reaches an excruciating crescendo over the course of an hour and then suddenly vanishes – usually, as quickly as it appeared.
- The Thunderclap Headache: If you experience head pain that appears like a bolt out of nowhere and which quickly becomes the worst headache you have had, call 911.
- The Exercise Headache: If a headache comes on quickly and with ferocity following exercise, see your doctor right away to get this checked out.
- A Headache That Spreads to the Neck: When a headache is benign, the pain will usually stay in the head. If you notice neck pain accompanied by a rash, fever or you can’t think clearly, call 911. This could be a sign of meningitis.
- The Never Ending Headache: If you experience a headache that comes and goes for days and which is accompanied by a fever, visual disturbances and aching in one or both temples, see your doctor.
The good news is that these headaches are potentially harmless. However, there are certain types of headache that could be the sign of something more serious.
Here are the headaches you shouldn’t ignore and which could be a sign of a more serious condition:
Get the Answers from Our Headache Experts
If you experience any of the more serious types of headaches detailed above, we suggest that you speak to your doctor or arrange for emergency treatment.
For less serious, but nonetheless painful symptoms, the headache experts at New Jersey Headache Institute can give you a thorough check up and propose a treatment plan that is tailored to your exact needs. Call us at 908.660.4382 or use our contact form to book a consultation.
Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the New Jersey Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.
Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.