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Most headaches are benign (harmless) and only rarely signal the presence of a serious underlying medical problem. There is no reason to see a health-care provider if you are able to control your headaches without medications or with only occasional use of a pain reliever.

However, any of the following symptoms should prompt a phone call or visit to your doctor:

–A headache that occurs after a head injury

–A headache accompanied by fever or vomiting

–A headache associated with blurred vision, difficulty speaking, or numbness or weakness of the arms or legs

–Headaches that seem to be increasing in intensity or frequency over time

–A “thunderclap” headache or headache associated with loss of consciousness

Headaches that require daily use of pain-reliever medications

(Source: Harvard’s InteliHealth website)

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