Headaches can be a real pain, and depending on the severity, can quickly put an end to your otherwise productive day. Sure, there may be methods to successfully treat headaches, but it’s also possible your headache is a sign of something more serious. While causes vary, the National Headache Foundation divides headaches in two basic categories: primary/benign, which includes migraines; and secondary headaches, which are caused organically.
Whether you experience headaches on a daily basis or just once in a while, there’s no denying the pain they can cause. If you suffer from headaches, don’t dismiss your pain as just another routine part of everyday life. Here are four signs a headache could mean something more serious.
1. Vomiting and nausea
Before you race straight to the emergency room thinking you have a brain tumor, know that the likelihood of cancer is low. Dr. Gene Barnett, director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center, tells CNN most cases will be “a stress headache or a migraine or sinusitis or something else benign.” Still, about 50% of brain tumor patients experience headaches related to their tumor, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. Common features of headaches in patients with brain tumors include steady pain that is worse in the morning, persistent, non-migraine headaches, and vomiting or nausea.