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Migraine Headache (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a doctor if any of the following occur:

  • A change in frequency, severity, or features of the migraine commonly experienced
  • A new, progressive headache that lasts for days
  • A headache brought on by coughing, sneezing, bearing down, straining while on the toilet, or other physical straining
  • Significant unintentional loss of body weight
  • Weakness or paralysis that lasts after the headache

Go to a hospital emergency department if any of the following occur:

  • Having the worst headache ever, especially if the headache had a sudden onset
  • Headache associated with trauma to the head or loss of consciousness
  • Fever or stiff neck associated with headache
  • Decreased level of consciousness or confusion
  • Paralysis of one side of the body
  • Seizure
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/1/2013

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