The eyes, temples, forehead, nose, chin, and neck are the areas where headaches occur frequently. The pain may be throbbing, burning, stinging, stabbing, or squeezing. In some types, the pain may be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, redness of the eye, tearing, and nasal congestion.
Studies conducted in our country; pointed out that headaches are common in the population, and recurrent headaches affect nearly half of the population. Headache significantly affects the daily life activities of individuals and therefore brings a socioeconomic burden to society. Headache is also common in children and adolescents, affecting their academic success and limiting their out-of-school activities. Due to headaches, both children and adults unconsciously consume painkillers. Excessive consumption of painkillers not only damages other systems in the body but also causes “medication overuse headaches”, putting the patient in a vicious cycle between headache and painkillers, and making the pain resistant and difficult to treat.
In which cases is a headache dangerous?
- Severe headache with sudden onset,
- Worst headache in your life,
- New-onset increasing headache,
- If there is a personality change along with the headache,
- If the headache worsens while lying down,
- If the headache worsens with exercise, coughing, sneezing or sexual intercourse,
- If you have an epileptic seizure (epilepsy) accompanying the headache,
- If the headache is accompanied by unusual symptoms such as diplopia, speech disorder, imbalance, numbness or weakness in arms and legs,
- If the headache is constantly on the same side,
- If the headache first appeared above the age of 50,
- If the headache is accompanied by fever, altered consciousness or skin rash,
- If the patient with a headache is constantly vomiting,
- If a cancer patient has a headache,
YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY CONSULT A NEUROLOGIST!!!