Doctor Tarkhov explained when you should call an ambulance if you have a headache, neurologist Alekhina named 7 reasons why your head hurts

Doctor Tarkhov explained when you should call an ambulance for a headache, neurologist Alekhina named 7 reasons why your head hurts

Many people perceive headaches as an inevitable consequence of stress, irritation or fatigue. However, there are times when it is important to promptly recognize that the cause of the pain may be more serious and consult a specialist.

As neurologist Dmitry Tarkhov from the Dzhanelidze Research Institute of Emergency Medicine told Doctor Peter, , one of the main warning signs is a headache that does not go away after taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This may indicate a more serious problem.

Another reason to visit a doctor is persistent or constantly localized pain in one place. If the headache is accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, dizziness or vomiting, this also requires urgent medical attention.

It is especially important to seek immediate help if you experience depression accompanied by a headache. In such situations, it is necessary to call an ambulance, as this may be a sign of a serious illness.

“Headaches can be caused by many factors, each of which has its own characteristics and mechanisms of occurrence,” saysneurologist Alexandra Alyokhina especially for MedicForum.

Stress and tension

One of the most common causes of headaches is stress. When a person is under prolonged stress or emotional stress, the muscles in the neck and head can become tense, leading to tension headaches.


Migraine is characterized by intense, throbbing pain, often on one side of the head. It may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and noise intolerance.


Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) can cause headaches. The pain is usually localized in the forehead, nose and cheeks and may worsen when tilting the head forward.

Spinal and neck problems

“Disorders in the cervical spine, such as osteochondrosis or muscle spasms, can lead to headaches. The pain often spreads from the neck to the back of the head and temples.”

High blood pressure blood pressure can cause headaches, especially if the pressure rises to critically high levels. The pain is usually felt in the back of the head.

Hormonal changes

“In women, headaches may be associated with hormonal changes, such as during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause.” .
Eye problems

Working at a computer for a long time, reading or other activities that require eye strain can cause headaches. The pain is usually localized around the eyes and forehead.

Poor diet and dehydration

“Not drinking enough fluids, skipping meals, or eating certain foods such as caffeine, alcohol, or processed foods” products can cause headaches.”
Each of these causes requires its own approach to treatment and prevention. If headaches become frequent or intense, it is recommended to consult a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.