Headache Pain: When to Worry

headache in the back of head
  • sudden, very intense headache pain
  • a stiff neck and fever
  • dizziness or loss of balance
  • severe or sharp headache pain for the first time
  • a fever higher than 102 to 104°F
  • a nosebleed
  • fainting
  • pain that worse when you change position
  • pressure in the back of your head
  • pain that wakes you from sleep
  • face tingling and auras that last longer than an hour
  • double or blurred vision or auras (light around objects)
  • droopiness on one side of the face
  • confusion or difficulty understanding speech
  • slurred or garbled speech
  • weakness on one side of the body
  • hearing issues
  • hard walking
  • pain that starts after coughing, sneezing, or any type of exertion
  • muscle or joint pain
  • constant pain in the same area of the head

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