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When headaches are more than a pain
There are times when headaches require medical attention.
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The occasional headache may be annoying, but it's not generally something you should worry about. But what if your headaches are more frequent, and the pain becomes more severe and lasts longer? When should you see a doctor?
"Most bouts of regular headaches are not serious and can be treated on their own," says Dr. Elizabeth Loder, chief of the Division of Headache in the Department of Neurology at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "However, being aware of the features of the different types of headaches can help you determine if your headaches are something more serious that requires medical attention."
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