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Symptoms of a Serious Headache

Symptoms of a Serious Headache

New symptoms that occur with a headache may be a sign of a more serious problem, such as a stroke. Be aware of symptoms such as:

  • A sudden, severe headache.
  • Changes in balance or coordination.
  • Fever.
  • Mental changes, including confusion or sleepiness.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • Trouble swallowing or being unable to swallow.
  • Vision changes.


ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedJuly 2, 2010

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