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Headache

November 24, 2020

Sorry to hear that your head hurts.

Our Health Decision Guide on Headache is designed for the person experiencing a headache that is either new or different from prior headaches. However, anyone with persistent headaches may also find some helpful information in the guide.

There are many possible reasons why you have a headache. By answering a series of questions, you will learn about the cause or causes likely to be most relevant to you.

This guide is a learning tool and not a substitute for consultation with your own doctor.

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Most headaches, even very severe ones, are not associated with a serious medical problem. But it is important to first identify a headache that needs immediate medical attention.

Sudden onset severe pain that is different from any type of headache that you have ever experienced before always requires medical evaluation.

Is this the worst headache of your life?

Yes, this is the worst headache ever.

No, this is not the worst one.

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