Have you ever experienced a headache that you just can’t seem to get rid of?  Most headaches come once in a blue moon and are easily treated with an over-the-counter pain medicine. However, if you are getting headaches more frequently, pay attention to potential warning signs that could mean a more serious health problem. Headaches come in different forms, and the severity varies depending on the type of headache. For an example, watch out for a headache accompanied by nausea, or sensitivity to light and sound. These symptoms are common in a migraine headache. According to the World Health Organization, migraines rank as number one of the top 20 causes of disability worldwide. The good news is that they are not life threatening, but can severely impact your well-being. Check out symptoms of four different types of headaches and what they could mean.



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    Thunderclap Headache

    The name really speaks for itself. The thunderclap headache is extremely severe and develops in 60 seconds or less, causing intense pain. These kinds of headaches are usually caused by bleeding in the brain after an aneurysm, stroke or other injury.

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    Head Injury Headache

    Did you recently have a head injury? If so listen up, any head trauma that causes a headache requires early medical attention. It is important to see your doctor because a headache after any kind of impact to the had can lead to a concussion. If this sounds like you or a loved one please get it checked out. The slights fall or bump to the head can result to potentially life-threatening bleeding in the brain.

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    Stiff Neck or Fever With Headache

    If you are experiencing a headache with a side of fever and/or stiff neck, you may have encephalitis or meningitis. What do these incredibly complicated words mean? Encephalitis is an infection that occurs in the brain, while meningitis is an infection of the membrane that surrounds the brain. Both conditions can be fatal, so make sure to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

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    Wake Up Headache

    Have your headaches been so bad that they wake you up like an alarm clock? Well researchers have deemed these as the “alarm clock headaches” or in medical terms cluster headaches. Don’t be too alarmed because they are not life threatening, but they can be pretty painful. However it’s nothing that a couple Advils can’t fix!