A 23-year-old member asked:
How can you tell if a headache is serious or not?
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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.
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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
- any other abnormal symptoms or feelings.
5.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 4, 2016
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