Risks of ignoring headaches

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Headaches can be painful and both emotionally and mentally taxing. There are many reasons behind headaches which include emotional distress, stress, medication, infections, consuming too much alcohol mainly red wine, consuming certain foods items specially processed meats that contain nitrates, consuming nicotine, smoking, changes in sleep pattern, lack of sleep or insomnia, poor posture, intense physical activities which include cardio, exercise, etc., loss of appetite, continuous coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose, constantly laughing or crying and much more.

Apart from that, there are various types of headaches which include tension headaches, sinus headaches, exertion headaches, migraines, hormone headaches, cluster headaches, hypertension headaches, and much more. Be it any type; a headache is painful.


Everyone experiences headaches in day-to-day life. As a symptom, headaches are known as Secondary headaches. Having a headache around the nape of your neck, behind the eyes, or the front, back, and side of the head is normal. But if these headaches occur on a daily basis, it can be dangerous as constant headaches indicate Inflammation and even other blood vessels related problems in and around the brain which even including strokes.


There is a secondary headache as well, which includes both curable and life-threatening headaches. Dehydration headaches, sinus headaches, and medication overuse headaches are the 3 types of headaches that belong to this category that aren’t dangerous and resolve once the underlying condition is treated.

On the other hand, spinal headaches that occur because of a leak of the spinal out of the membrane covering your spinal cord, and thunderclap headaches which can be a result of head injury, brain bleeding, rise in blood pressure, etc., are deadly and life-threatening. All of these conditions can be life-threatening and need to be treated. If not treated, these problems can cause a lot of harm and even cost an individual their life.


In case you are having constant headaches and are avoiding them, here are the 2 side effects of ignoring headaches that you need to know:

It can lead to brain hemorrhage

Brain hemorrhage

One of the deadliest conditions is brain hemorrhage. Bleeding in any part of the brain or lobes, pons, and cerebellum of the brain. Two major causes of brain hemorrhage are high blood pressure and trauma. Apart from that, other causes include accidents, brain tumors, stroke, etc. Symptoms of brain hemorrhage depend on the area where bleeding occurs. Some of the symptoms include headaches, nausea, tingling, weakness, numbness or paralysis of any part of the body, etc.

Whatever the cause or symptom, it is advised to seek treatment as soon as possible, as this condition can be life-threatening. Constant headaches can lead to brain hemorrhage. Constant headaches can lead to migraine, which is believed to result from vasoconstriction leading to ischemia of the walls of blood vessels, making them leaky and porous, constantly leading to intracerebral hemorrhage. In case you are having constant headaches, it is advised to take precautions, as neglect can lead to deadly conditions.

It can lead to the severity of meningitis


This is another deadly disease that can be caused or indicated by constant headaches. Inflammation or swelling of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord is known as meningitis. The causes of meningitis include bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. There are 3 most commonly known bacteria that give rise to this deadly condition, namely Hemophilus influenzae (type B), 2) Streptococcus pneumoniae (Pneumococcus), and 3) Neisseria meningitidis (Meningococcus). Symptoms of Meningitis include Sudden high fever, stiff neck, severe headache accompanied by nausea or vomiting, confusion or difficulty in concentrating, Seizures, Sleepiness or insomnia, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, red rashes, sluggishness or stiff back, and much more.


Whatever the cause or reason might be, this disease is very painful and emotionally and mentally taxing for the individual suffering from it as well as the family members. In case an individual faces any symptoms, it is advised to seek professional help as soon as possible.

\One of the most common symptoms of meningitis is headaches, as inflammation that occurs in the membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord lead to inflammation which eventually leads to unbearable headaches. This condition causes pain in the whole head rather than giving striking pain in one area. That is why such headaches, if ignored, can lead to the severity of meningitis. As precaution is better than cure, it is advised to seek professional help when faced with such an extreme headache.

Mentioned above are 2 elaborated side effects of ignoring headaches. Apart from that, headaches can be a signal of tension, facial weakness, vision loss, speech difficulty, and much more. But it is always advised to seek professional help as symptoms might vary from person to person, and self-diagnose and jumping to conclusions can eventually lead to the wrong cure and worsening of the condition.