Most all of us have experienced a headache at some point in out lives, but we all experience them a little differently. To some of us, headaches are a mild annoyance that are basically harmless, while others see headaches as near death experiences.
The severity of your pain will most likely depend on whether you are experiencing a cluster headache, a tension headache, or a migraine.
Most people think throwing back some Advil will make the pain go away, but if that method fails to work, your headache could be a sign of something much worse.
If you are notice any of these warning signs your headache could be something much more dangerous.
1. Headaches with neck pain
If your headache is accompanied by face and neck pain, it has the potential to tear one of your four carotid arteries located along the side of your neck.
Any kind of damage done to these arteries could result in a large accumulation of blood that blocks the flow of fresh blood from your heart to your brain, and has the potential to cause a stroke.
2. Headaches and numbness
Experiencing a headache with numbness and weakness focused on one half of your head could be a possible sign of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis.
This means you have an excess amount of blood or bleeding around your brain, which is another major cause of a stroke.
3. The thunderclap headache
These headaches really live up to their name because they strike suddenly like thunder and lightening, and can leave your head throbbing in pain for about a minute.
However, if your pain returns after an hour, it could be the start of a fatal subarachnoid hemorrhage.