At what point do common headaches become serious? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/10

At what point do common headaches become serious?

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By Karin McCay| email

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Millions of Americans commonly suffer with headaches, some are intense, and some not so Intense. But at what point do those headaches become serious? Dr. Carrie Paine, practices Family Medicine at Covenant, was our guest Tuesday on HealthWise at 5.  She tells us that she is surprised at the number of people who wait to see a doctor and just treat themselves. Many people suffer through them because they think it's just a common headache. In actuality, that headache pain can be covering up an underlying condition that could need medical attention.

"When you really should see a doctor immediately is if you have a sudden onset of a severe headache, one like you've never experienced before," said Dr. Paine.  "Or if you experience any kind of what we call focal neurologic deficits, which include anything from trouble speaking to trouble seeing, trouble walking, passing out, any of those types of things, you need to seek immediate medical attention."

Dr. Paine adds there are many good over the counter remedies for headache pain but, she says you can over use them, which can end up triggering what's called rebound headaches.  So, continued headache pain is another reason to see a doctor to find the reason for the headaches, rather than suffering from your own self-treatment.

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