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f all the aches and pains I spend my days investigating as a family doctor, none seem to be as anxiety-provoking as a headache. And that’s often true, both for patients wondering, “Could this be something dangerous?” and for clinicians trying to get to the root of pain that can be totally unexplained and yet completely debilitating.
Concerns about headaches in my practice have picked up over the past year as we’ve seen them as a symptom in acute COVID-19 infections and among long-haulers — and more recently when news broke about the (very, very few) brain clots linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Though we’re all one Google search away from assuming a worst-case scenario when a headache strikes, the odds are overwhelmingly in our favor here. Research shows that the vast majority of headaches are what’s known medically as “primary,” meaning they’re not the result of some other underlying condition. In other words, your headache is unlikely to be caused by a serious or life-threatening problem.
The worst headache, in no time flat
Nervous system symptoms
Changes from motion
Deviation from your patterns
Trust your gut