John R. Graham
Headache Center

at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital

Headache Symptoms

Headache symptoms depend upon the type of headache. The frequency of headaches and the intensity of the symptoms may vary as well. Symptoms that may suggest a more serious headache include any of the following:

  • Headaches that start early in the morning
  • Pain that is worsened by strain, such as a cough or a sneeze
  • Vomiting without nausea
  • Sudden onset of pain and the "worst headache" ever
  • Headache that is becoming more severe or continuous
  • Personality changes
  • Changes in vision
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Seizures or epilepsy

The symptoms of a headache may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

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