NEVER Ignore These Headaches (Blaine Pain Clinic)

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Headaches may follow auto accident(s), hormonal changes, seasonal changes, stress, change of diet, or other lifestyle factors.

Headaches can be scary if they are new to you or if your headache pattern has changed. Sometimes we wonder if we should just get through it or if it’s time to seek medical attention.

Here are some Headaches You Should NEVER Ignore:

Headache with…

  1. Severe, sudden onset

This headache is often described as the

“Worst pain I have ever felt.”

Pain may become excruciating within seconds to minutes.

Quick as thunder with the exploding force of a clapping audience, it has been called a “thunderclap headache.”

Other neurological signs may follow, such as dizziness, vomiting or unconsciousness. Ackerman Acupuncture treats neck pain and back pain near Highway 65.

Never ignore a sudden severe headache, as it is quite possibly due to bleeding of the brain or some other medical emergency. A complete medical workup may need to be done for a sudden, severe headache in Anoka. Any headache with severe, sudden onset warrants immediate medical care.


  1. Stiff neck

Severe headache with a stiff neck, perhaps with sudden fever and possibly confusion, nausea/ vomiting, light sensitivity or double vision, could be Meningitis.

  • Severe headache with…
  • stiff neck
  • & flu-like symptoms

These are classic signs of an infection called Meningitis and warrant immediate medical care with possible exams, lab tests & brain imaging to rule out possible causes. Our Pain Clinic treats neck pain in Blaine. Early detection and treatment is critical with Meningitis in order to avoid brain damage, deafness, blindness and possible death. Ackerman Acupuncture is a Pain Clinic near the National Sports Center treating headaches and migraines.


  1. Dizziness

A sudden, severe headache with dizziness and possible vomiting could be caused by many things, such as migraine, Meniere’s Disease or possible stroke, especially with one-sided facial droop, less coordination on one side of body and speech impairment (here’s a link for stroke warning signs). If you believe you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately. Pain Specialists in at Ackerman Acupuncture treat headache due to Meniere’s. We treat headache with Meniere’s in conjuction while one continues under the supervision of one’s general practitioner. Acupuncture can be very good for treating dizziness caused by many reasons. Ackerman Acupuncture is a clinic treating pain in Blaine, MN.


  1. Head injury

Headache following head trauma, especially if headache becomes worse, subject becomes drowsy, experiences confusion, cognitive changes, changes in eyes or vision or any period of unconsciousness, warrants an immediate medical exam.

This headache could be caused by concussion (link on symptoms of concussion) or Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I) (link on Traumatic Brain Injury) and medical tests, including brain imaging may be done to rule out concussion, T.B.I., or determine what degree of T.B.I.

Ackerman Acupuncture Pain Clinic in Blaine may relieve headache pain in some cases of Traumatic Brain injury (T.B.I.). Pain specialists at Ackerman Acupuncture treat anxiety and sleep issues associated with this condition.

In Summary, (NEVER Ignore these Headaches):

  • Any Sudden, Severe Headache
  • Headache with stiff neck and fever
  • Headache following head trauma

(Link on When to Call the Doctor with Headaches)

Ackerman Acupuncture treats headache, migraine, neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain.  We treat headaches, migraines and back pain near the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

Call (763) 477-1338 to set-up your free consultation at Ackerman Acupuncture to determine if acupuncture is right for you.

Written by A. Ackerman, LAc


This article is not intended to replace any health care.

No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.