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How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?

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Dr. Igor Yusupov
Specializes in Neurosurgery
Not likely serious: Headaches are very common. Most are tension, but some are migraines or cluster. New onset headache in an adult which is recurrent should raise concern and prompt a work up. A cat scan of the brain is a quick test that is inexpensive but lacks details and may not show early stages of a brain tumor. An MRI with contrast is the best diagnostic study.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Associated symptoms: Any headache which has any of the following could be serious: - sudden onset acute pain without any frank initiator - dizziness, numbness, changes in vision, vertigo or vomitting - swelling, masses - fainting - any other abnormal symptoms or feelings.

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Last updated Oct 4, 2016

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