Headache With Symptoms of a Serious Illness
Symptoms of serious illness
When a headache, vomiting, fever, or a seizure occurs along with another serious illness, immediate medical care is needed. Symptoms of a serious illness may include:
- A severe headache.
- A stiff neck.
- Mental changes, such as feeling confused or much less alert.
- Extreme fatigue (to the point where it's hard for you to function).
- Shaking chills.
Although uncommon, a headache with symptoms of a serious illness may be a sign of:
- An infection in or around the brain, such as Reference encephalitis Opens New Window, Reference meningitis Opens New Window, or a Reference brain abscess Opens New Window.
- A momentary blockage of a blood vessel (Reference transient ischemic attack, or TIA Opens New Window) in the brain.
- Rupture of a blood vessel in the brain.
Call your doctor for an evaluation if you have a headache and other symptoms of a serious illness.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine