Headaches are an extremely common ailment, and unless the pain is severe, most people don’t seek medical attention. However, there are occasions when a headache is a clear indicator of an underlying problem. Here is a list of 7 times you should seek help for headaches and a drug-free source of relief.
When to See a Medical Professional About a Headache
For an extremely occasional headache, an over-the-counter pain reliever may be sufficient, by here are some occasions you will want to go further:
- You also have neck pain – This could indicate an upper cervical misalignment.
- You hit your head – This is a pretty sure sign of a concussion, especially if you are also sleepy, dizzy, or vomiting.
- It wakes you up – If a headache is severe enough to wake you out of a deep sleep and you can’t identify anything else that could have been the cause of waking (i.e. needing to use the bathroom), you are experiencing more pain than a normal headache.
- Pain increases when you lay down – If your head feels better when standing or sitting than lying down, you may be experiencing increased intracranial pressure.
- Activity makes the headache worse – Especially if the pain is pulsing, this could indicate that your headache is actually a migraine.
- Headaches happen often – Over-the-counter headache medicine can cause rebound headaches if taken too frequently, so don’t try to treat recurring headaches at home by yourself.
- It comes on fast and is the worst pain you’ve ever had – Unlike migraines or headaches that usually begin gradually, an aneurysm will strike like a bolt of lightning and be the worst pain of your life. That signals the need for immediate assistance.
Headache Relief Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic
When headaches become chronic – especially if you are experiencing a stiff or sore neck before, during, or after a headache – an upper cervical chiropractor may be able to help. In a collection of 101 headache and migraine case studies, upper cervical chiropractic was beneficial for nearly every patient, sometimes right from the first adjustment. For more information, schedule a consultation with a practitioner in your area.