Headaches 101: When You Think Your Head’s in a Vise
April 10, 2019
It’s a universal gripe – it’s estimated seven in 10 people have at least one headache a year.
Headaches can be mild and they can be severe. Some are so sharp or throbbing the pain incapacitates a person at home or at work. In fact, an estimated 45 million Americans call them “disabling.”
“The good news is many headaches can be managed with medications and changes in lifestyle,” said CHI Health Family Medicine Provider Randolph Waldman, MD. “But you have to be alert. A headache can tip off the patient and doctor to a disease or other medical condition,” he said.
Not all headaches are created equal. Some are just an annoying nuisance. Others are intense and put a stop to your day. Common types include:
Symptoms To Watch For:
- 3 or more headaches a week
If you have more severe symptoms, don’t wait until your next doctor’s visit. Take action now if you have:
- Trouble talking, walking or seeing
- Nausea or vomiting
- High fever, numbness or weakness on one side of the body
- Loss of balance
- Pain that keeps you up at night
- Light or sound sensitivity