Headaches: When Patients Should Consider Them Dangerous

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Physicians diagnosing headaches use care to identify the correct and specific therapy that should be prescribed. This is why it's equally just as important to acquire accurate information from patients.  

Without detailed descriptions from headache sufferers, doctors are unable to properly diagnose headaches -- an issue for both physicians and patients. Physicians normally ask patients to describe the following: pain; pain location; any accompanying symptoms; and headache frequency and duration.

Doctors also ask about any medications patients may be taking. Medication combinations could lead to chronic headaches. Patients providing medication lists to physicians can be helpful. 

Educating patients on dangerous headaches could save them a trip to the doctor. Patients should seek immediate assistance they feeling one of the several kinds of headaches: a sudden severe headache; a headache associated with nerological symptoms; headache with a fever, shortness of breath; headache that wakens you; headaches with vomiting; and headaches that occur after a head injury or accident. 

Also, warn patients that they should see their health care provider immediately if they've been getting headaches three or more times a week; headaches that keep getting worse; headaches that require a painkiller every day; headaches triggered by exertion; or changes in headache symptoms.

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Without detailed descriptions from headache sufferers, doctors are unable to properly diagnose headaches -- an issue for both physicians and patients.

More than 90% of all headaches for which people see their doctors are from tension, migraine and cluster. Doctors use care when diagnosing headaches so the correct and specific therapy can be prescribed. Although scans and other tests are important to exclude disease, they do not help in diagnosing migraine, cluster or tension-type headaches.

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