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Worst Headache of Your Life Medical Treatment
Treatment of the headache depends on the specific diagnosis. It is important for the patient to keep their primary care doctor updated on visits to the emergency department, so that the doctor is aware of any changes that may need to be made to the patient's treatment plan, especially if they are managing chronic migraine headaches.
Worst Headache of Your Life Prognosis
Most headaches are not serious and will resolve with or without treatment. Headaches of a more serious nature, migraines, for example, should be evaluated by a doctor or an appropriate medical specialist.
Some headaches have a more dire prognosis, especially if they are left untreated. For example, headaches caused by brain infection or bleeding may result in severe disabilities or death if left untreated. Even with treatment, in some individuals, the prognosis can still be poor if the infection is treated at a later stage, or if there is a large amount of bleeding into the brain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/27/2017
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