Headache is the most common type of pain and causes quality of life issues for many. Mild, occasional headaches can be successfully treated with over-the-counter pain medicines. Simple lifestyle changes—getting more sleep and rest and looking at foods and diet—can also be helpful for some types of headaches. But some headaches can be a sign of a more serious health problem.
Your primary care physician can address most types of headache, or refer you to a related specialist if needed. If you prefer to seek care with an experienced headache specialist, visit the Mercyhealth Headache Clinic of Northern Illinois.
Get medical help right away if you have:
- A sudden, severe headache, like a thunderclap headache
- A headache after a blow to the head
- A headache that accompanies a stiff neck, fever, confusion, loss of consciousness, or pain in the ear or eye