Headaches are a common neurologic disorder affecting about 16% of the population in the United States. This equates to about 49 million people and is responsible for an estimated 160 million sick days per year. The most common types of headache are tension headaches followed by migraine headaches. There are many different treatment options if headaches are frequent or severe.
Most headaches do not have a dangerous underlying cause. However, if headaches are very severe, reach maximum intensity within minutes, are associated with complex features such as visual changes, numbness, weakness, difficulty walking, difficulty talking or confusion, are persistent, are associated with pregnancy or just different, they could signify a serious underlying problem and should be immediately evaluated by a physician.
Steward hospital emergency rooms and urgent care clinics have a neurologist on call at all times to help answer emergent questions regarding unusual headaches. We also have outpatient neurologists who specialize in treating chronic headaches of all types. Please go to the ER with any complicated or unusual headaches or call one of our neurology clinics closest to you to make an appointment if you suffer from chronic headaches.
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