Is My Headache Something Serious?

Headaches can be such a pain, literally. If you have a headache, it can be hard to get through a normal day and be productive.

While the vast majority of headaches can be treated at home with some simple measures, there is a small chance that your headache could indicate a serious problem. Our AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte team provides some info to help you better understand the red flags when it comes to headaches below.

What Should I Do First When I Have a Headache?

If your head gradually starts to hurt or develops into a minor nuisance, start with some of these tricks to see if it helps your pain. Drink some water, have a snack and take a break from whatever you are doing, especially if you are on your phone or computer.

If that helps, you may have just been dehydrated or experiencing an eye strain-related headache! When that doesn’t work, you should start watching for the emergence of any secondary symptoms. Any sudden or intense pain coupled with one or more of the below symptoms could indicate a blood clot or stroke, both of which are medical emergencies.

Potential Symptoms of Serious Headache

  • Sudden and severe pain
  • Pain accompanied by fever or stiff neck
  • Headaches after an injury or accident
  • Vision changes
  • Numbness or paralysis on the body

Can AFC Help Treat My Headache?

If you determine that your headache requires medical attention, we can start with a full history to figure out whether your pain is new or chronic. After an evaluation and if we deem you to be suffering from a minor headache condition, we can offer pain relief options and discuss any necessary lifestyle changes.

If we are concerned that your headache is indicating a blood clot, stroke or other emergency, we can help you seek the proper treatment for your condition. In any case, we are here for you in any situation!

Tips for Treating a Headache

  • Drink water.
  • Get plenty of rest in a quiet, dark room.
  • Take an OTC pain reliever or anti-inflammatory.
  • Drink a small amount of caffeine.

Headaches are something to always take seriously. If you are experiencing frequent headaches, stop by AFC Urgent Care South Charlotte for a diagnosis.