Is Your Headache A Sign Of A More Serious Illness?

A woman with a headache touching her forehead(BlackDoctor.org) — Sometimes a headache is more than a headache. In fact, a headache can be an early warning sign of more complicated health issues such as stroke, infection, or high blood pressure.

When You Should Call Your Doctor

The American Headache Society provides a good way to know when to call your doctor. Remember the word “SNOOP,” which stands for:

  • Systemic Symptoms. In addition to a headache, you feel symptoms in other parts of your body. This could be a fever, loss of appetite, or weight loss. It also stands for Secondary Risk Factors, so if you have a headache in addition to HIV or cancer, call your doctor immediately.