A common disease with benign & serious causes:
- Brain Hemorrhage: A sudden severe first time headache associated with vomiting, loss consciousness / paralysis.
- Infections : (Meningitis/ Encephalitis),Fever with headache, vomiting, loss of conscious/ paralysis.
- Brain tumor : Progressive Persistent Headache associated with altered sensorium / paralysis, vomiting
- Head Injury
- Eyes: Refractive error, Astigmatism, Glaucoma.
- ENT: Sinusitis
- Trigeminal Neuralgia: Sharp current like pain lasting for few seconds associated with trigger zones on face in trigeminal nerve distribution.
When to consult a neurologist:
- Persistent Headache
- Disabling Headache
- Headache associated with vomiting / fever / Paralysis/ altered sensorium