What are red flag signs for headache?

What are red flag signs for headache?

Red flags are concerning symptoms that need further investigation.  See your physician if you have any red flag signs.

Headache red flags:

Systemic symptoms: fever, chills, immunocompromised condition, infection, muscle aches, night sweats, weight loss, pregnancy, postpartum, cancer

Neurologic symptoms: double vision, impaired consciousness, pulsatile ringing in the ears, seizures, confusion.

Onset: occurs intensely within a few minutes like a “thunderclap” headache.

Older:  Headaches starting after age 50

Progression:  If there is a change in headache features, pattern or severity over time.

Precipitated by bearing down (like with a bowel movement or sit-ups)

Worse with lying down.

Swelling of the optic nerve with headache (seen by eye doctor)

Headaches worsen with exercise


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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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