By Jennifer Halloran Jennifer Halloran is the Director of Operations for Everybody Needs A Nurse patient advocates.

Headaches: When It's Time To See The Doctor

By Jennifer Halloran Posted March 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

Headaches are, sadly, fairly common occurrences for most people. Generally, we take an aspirin or ibuprofen and it goes away. But when is it time to seek treatment for a headache?

Plan a visit to your doctor if:

  • your headaches require you to take pain medication frequently or in high doses
  • your headaches are getting progressively worse over time
  • your headache prevents you from performing your usual daily activities

Go to the emergency room immediately if:

  • your headaches are accompanied by seizures, weakness, blurred vision, difficulty with speech or other neurological problems
  • you feel acute, severe pain, particularly with sudden onset
  • your headache is accompanied by severe nausea
  • your headache is the result or an injury, such as a car crash or fall

For more information, check out the National Headache Foundation at

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