What Do You Know About Headaches?
When you get a headache, it's usually not the bones of the skull or the brain itself that's hurting. The pain comes from pain-sensitive nerves that are near the muscles and blood vessels of the face, neck, and scalp, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Find out more about headaches by taking this quiz.
2. When should you call your doctor?
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Call your doctor if you have any of the following:
- You need to take a pain reliever every day or almost every day
- You need to take more than the recommended doses of over-the-counter medicine to relieve headache symptoms
- You have a stiff neck, fever, or both along with the headache
- You have a headache plus shortness of breath, fever, or unexpected symptoms that affect your eyes, ears, nose, or throat
- You have dizziness, unsteadiness, slurred speech, weakness, or changes in sensation (numbness or tingling) in addition to a headache
- You feel confused or drowsy with a headache
- Your headaches begin after a minor injury, exercise or head injury
- Your headaches change in character
- You have persistent or severe vomiting with a headache
- Your headaches began after you became pregnant
- Your headaches began after age 40
- You have the worst headache of your life or a headache that comes on very quickly
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