When should you seek medical care for a headache?
Make sure you speak to a doctor if your headache:
- Feels different than usual
- Is aggravated by exertion, coughing, bending over, or sexual activity
- Is associated with another symptom, including nausea, fever, or recent head trauma
Also be sure to monitor whether the headache is getting worse, requires more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter medications to deal with the pain, or is interfering with work and quality of life. If you have a sudden, debilitating headache, seek immediate, in-person medical care at an emergency room or call 911.