A painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, that may occur with other symptoms.
Common Causes Anxiety, or fear and worry, can happen to anyone from time to time, too. It’s not unusual to experience anxiety before a big event or important decision Headaches can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include lack of sleep, an incorrect eyeglass prescription, stress, loud noise exposure or tight head wear.
Self-treatment Remedies that may reduce headache pain include aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen. Resting in a darkened room may also help.
Seeking Medical Care See a doctor immediately if you :
- Feel worse than usual
- Get a sudden, severe headache
- Become confused, slur your speech or faint
- Have one-sided numbness or paralysis, or trouble seeing, speaking or walking
- Develop a fever higher than 102°F (39°C)
- Experience nausea or vomiting
- Start having frequent headaches
- Are getting worse over time
- Can’t work, sleep or do daily activities
- Don’t improve with self-treatment