Nadezhda Boyarinova, a neurologist at SM-Clinic, told Izvestia what problems frequent headaches indicate.
As the expert noted, the headache can be primary – migraine, tension headache, cluster pain, as well as secondary, that is, caused by any factor, for example, poisoning, alcohol, excessive intake of pills or their incorrectly calculated dosage or illness (meningitis, Stroke, encephalitis, vertebral artery syndrome, vertebral pathology of the cervical spine, etc.).
“As a rule, it is impossible for a person himself to determine the causes of his headaches, many do not even try to do this, but simply numb the pain with various painkillers, which is fundamentally wrong, because precious time can be lost for the timely correct diagnosis of diseases. It is necessary to exclude the most serious pathology, such as a brain tumor, progressive cerebral vascular insufficiency with the threat of stroke, etc. “, – stressed Boyarinova.
Doctors note that the more time was lost before the correct diagnosis and treatment began, the more brain damage occurred, and, therefore, the more severe the manifestations of various impaired functions in humans will be. In the case of frequent headaches, the onset of such disorders can be a decrease in concentration, memory, a decrease in mood, up to depression.
According to the neurologist, you should be on your guard if headaches recur several times a month, are accompanied by nausea and / or vomiting, are pulsating or bursting, accompanied by deterioration of vision, speech, motor skills. Particularly noteworthy are the so-called night headaches from which a person wakes up, this can be a sign of increased intracranial pressure due to various reasons, including brain tumors.
If these symptoms appear, you should immediately consult a neurologist for a complete neurological examination. This is the only way to accurately diagnose the true cause of pain and get the most effective treatment.
September 26, neurologist at the City Clinical Hospital No. 29 named after N.E. Bauman Department of Health of Moscow Tatyana Vaughn named the signs of headache with cerebral hemorrhage. Any lasting pain should cause alertness, she said.
If the headache is a consequence of other problems, it will be accompanied by additional symptoms – neurological, infectious, somatic, the expert noted.