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

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Dr. Igor Yusupov
Neurosurgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Igor Yusupov
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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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