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Is my headache serious?

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  • 1 Mar 2021

We have all suffered with headaches at some point and this is a common presentation that I see. One of the commonest fears is ‘could this be brain cancer?’.

Firstly, keeping a ‘headache diary’ is extremely useful in tracking the frequency and pattern of the headaches. In most cases, it is caused by stress, migraines or cluster headaches. However, there are certain features associated with headaches which, if present, you need to see your GP with:


  • A change in pattern to your usual headaches
  • Poor balance when walking
  • Unexplained, persistent vomiting
  • Double vision or unexplained blurring of vision, especially on only one side
  • Personality change/ memory disturbance
  • Feeling more tired or increased sleepiness
  • Any seizure-like activity which can includes periods of looking ‘blank’ and not responding, or shaking of one part of the body. 

If you have any of the above symptoms, please urgently contact your GP/healthcare professional.


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