Mercy Internist Dr. Jonathan Rich Discusses Whether Symptoms Portend A Headache Or Something More Serious

March 19, 2012
Mercy internist Dr. Jonathan Rich

Mercy primary care specialist Dr. Jonathan Rich

Millions of people get headaches. Some are tension, some are sinus, and some are migraine.

But how do you know when a headache is more than just a headache, and a sign of something more serious?

At Mercy, primary care physician Dr. Jonathan Rich sees many patients complaining of headaches.

"Often times a headache is just a headache," Rich said. "But every now and again, there's something that's different about your headache that may be more concerning."

According to Dr. Rich, if you are having other symptoms beside a headache, there may be something more serious going on. Things to watch for include fever, rash and neurological changes -- like difficulty walking or talking, or vision trouble.

"Of course, stroke is the number one thing people think about. Brain tumors, meningitis can be very serious, or other infections," Dr. Rich said.

"Age plays a role here, too. If you are over the age of 50 and you do not have a history of headaches, and all of a sudden you start getting them, you need to call your doctor,” he added

In most cases, a headache is just that -- a headache.

"Very seldom is a headache something more than just a headache. Less than one percent of the time," Dr. Rich said.

 

 

 


Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

Dan Collins, Senior Director of Media Relations

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