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When a Headache May be Something More

Certain types of headaches may be a sign of more serious ailments

(HealthDayNews) -- Just about everyone has had a headache at some point in their lives. Most headaches are innocuous, but occasionally a throbbing forehead may be a warning sign that requires immediate medical attention.

According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, the following types of headache may signify something more serious is afoot:

  • A headache worse than any you've ever had may indicate a ruptured aneurysm or subarachnoid hemorrhage in the head.
  • A headache that is accompanied by weakness or numbness on one side of the body, visual loss or difficulty speaking could be a sign of a stroke.
  • A headache that just keeps getting worse over a period of six months can be a sign of a brain tumor -- especially if it is worse in the morning and is accompanied by other neurological symptoms.
  • A severe headache that comes on suddenly along with a fever and a stiff neck could indicate meningitis.
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