You know the drill: there’s an ache along the sides of your head and behind your eyes. This is often caused by stress. If you feel an ache around your eyes and cheekbones, it may be a sinus infection, while headaches that involve one side of the head are usually a migraine. Treat headaches on an case-by-case basis. For example, a stress-induced headache will usually go away in a few hours, while a migraine usually warrants rest in a dark, quiet room.
“The most serious kind of headache is one that is associated with neck stiffness, high fever and vomiting,” says Dr. Brown. That kind of headache could mean meningitis, more common in younger people. Call in sick and book an appointment with your doctor right way.
“The bottom line is, if a headache is different than one that you are familiar with and is incapacitating, you should seek medical attention immediately,” says Dr. Brown.