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Worst Headache of Your Life

Worst Headache of Your Life Overview

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Headaches are a common reason for a visit to a health care practitioner. Almost everyone suffers headaches occasionally. Some people have more serious types of headaches requiring specialized medical treatment. On rare occasions, a headache may be a symptom of a life-threatening problem. The "worst headache of your life" may be a symptom of a medical emergency. People with this symptom should be evaluated emergently.

Worst Headache of Your Life Causes

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There are many types and causes of headaches. Some of them include:

  • Tension headaches
  • Migraine headaches
  • Meningitis or an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord
  • Tumors
  • Temporal or giant cell arteritis, an inflammation or swelling of blood vessels in the head
  • Head injury with or without bleeding within the skull
  • Exposure to certain toxic substances, such as carbon monoxide (this exposure tends to occur in the winter months because of defective heating systems and may affect an entire family)
  • Aneurysm in the brain
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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Migraine Headache Symptoms

Migraine headaches are one of the most common problems seen by doctors, including Urgent Care and ER doctors. This type of headache can last from 4 to 72 hours. Symptoms include:

  • Severe head pain
  • Aura
  • Prodrome (warnings before a migraine like feeling irritable or depressed)
  • Postprodrome (the inability to eat, fatigue, trouble concentrating)

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Although migraine is a term applied to certain headaches with a vascular quality, overwhelming evidence suggests that migraine is a dominantly inherited disorder characterized by varying degrees of recurrent vascular-quality headache, photophobia, sleep disruption, and depression.

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