We have all had a day in bed with a headache that we just can’t seem to kick. Most of the time we have headaches due to dehydration and they can be cured with a couple of glasses of water. Other times we do it to ourselves and drink too much the night before or strain our eyes with high contrast computer or phone screens in attempts to lull ourselves to sleep (which, by the way, is a terrible idea). Nothing that some time away from your screen and a good night’s sleep can’t do, right?
But there are also moments when you’ve done everything in your power to fix the pain, but it remains. Not knowing the root cause of your headache can be worrisome, so being aware of the signs and symptoms and implications of different types of headaches could save your life.
Signs and Symptoms of Serious Headaches
Headaches can be warning signs for a number of things that may be wrong with your body, or things you’ve simply neglected. Some of the effects of certain headaches can also be quite severe, including blurry vision, abdominal pains, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, brain tumors, and more. Laundry lists like this one can be scary especially if and when you get a headache. But don’t assume the worst because it could just be dehydration, bad allergies, or clogged sinuses!
That’s why knowing what to look out for in different headaches is helpful: it can save you a lot of worrying and be a helpful guide for how to alleviate pain. There’s a graphic below to help you determine the type of headache that you may have.