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How to Know if Your Pain Is More Than a Migraine

Migraines and several other headache disorders are a real source of pain for many people and if you suffer from migraines you know first-hand how painful they can be, but most often these conditions aren't signs that you have serious health issues. However, if your symptoms start becoming more severe than usual, then it is time to see the doctor as this could signify an underlying medical problem such as migraines or another type of headache disorder. Knowing what types of headaches are common for you can help with diagnosing potential problems early on so they do not become worse over time. Here are some signs your migraine might be something more serious that needs medical care.

  • Weakness, dizziness, sudden loss of balance or falling, numbness or tingling, or can’t move your body

  • Trouble with speech, confusion, seizures, personality changes, or inappropriate behavior

  • Blurry vision, double vision, or blind spots

  • Fever, shortness of breath, a stiff neck, or rash

  • Headache pain that wakes you up at night

  • Severe nausea and vomiting

  • Headaches that happen after a head injury or accident

  • A new type of headache that starts for the first time after age 50

  • Have headaches that are triggered by coughing, bending, sexual activity or other intense physical activity

  • Have a history of headaches but have noticed a recent change in your symptoms or pattern of attacks

If you are struggling with headaches or migraines, consider seeing a doctor. You may be able to manage your condition yourself but if they have gotten more regular and stronger it is best that you see someone who can help better than self-management. If the pain affects daily activities make sure this information gets mentioned as well when speaking about what has been happening recently in terms of health. At Advanced Physical Medicine, our experienced physicians are here to help you live a pain-free life as safely as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


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