Patients who live with migraines and chronic headache disorders are, unfortunately, often accustomed to coping with pain and symptoms that may occur. It is important to recognize when to seek immediate treatment for headache.

These signs, known as red flags, may be associated with an underlying condition that would require immediate medical treatment:

New headache in pregnancy

Worsening in severity of headache

Sudden onset of new severe headache i.e. thunderclap headache

New neurological symptoms

Numbness or weakness, especially in limbs

New or sudden vision changes

Difficulty speaking or slurring of speech

Headache associated with severe neck pain

If you have any doubts whether or not to seek treatment, go to the ER. If your symptoms are more gradual, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider

By: Brooke Steiger, NP