worst headache of my life

A statement made as a patient’s chief complaint which may result in a million-dollar work-up, including physical exam, lab work, IV fluids, CT scan, lumbar puncture, neurology

worst headache of my life

Medtalk A statement made during the chief complaint of a Pt that may result in a million-dollar work-up, including physical exam, lab work, IV fluids, CT scan, lumbar puncture, neurology
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Thunderclap headaches are often described as being the "worst headache of my life" and can be a symptom of life-threatening problems like brain bleeding.
"It was the worst headache of my life and apparently I said to one of the doctors 'just drill a hole in my head, just relieve the pressure in my head'."
Red flags in the history taking of headache include comments such as "I've never had a headache before; I just had a sudden onset of the worst headache of my life."
Red flags in the history taking of headache include comments such as "I've never had a headache before," or "I just had a sudden onset of the worst headache of my life."
When patients present with the "worst headache of my life," imaging often plays a major role in differentiating benign causes of headache from life-threatening causes, and noncontrast computed tomography (NCT) is the most commonly performed imaging test.
Also, a sudden, single, very severe headache, sometimes called "The Worst Headache of My Life," should prompt consideration of a brain scan (however, recurrent "Worst Headaches" that go away and come back later and not of as much concern--those are very likely migraines.) Other "red flags" that increase the need for imaging in a child include any persistent abnormalities on the neurologic exam, or headaches beginning in a child who, for other health reasons, is at risk for serious intracranial problems.
Patients with spontaneous SAH present with a sudden onset of severe headache (97%), classically described as "the worst headache of my life." Meningeal signs, such as nuchal rigidity, positive Kernig's sign, or Brudzinski's sign, may also be noted (Greenberg, 2001).
Also, 12% of patients with SAH described their symptoms as the "worst headache of my life," and 25% of those patients had abnormal examinations combined with the "worst headache" description.
"It was the worst headache of my life and apparently I said to one of the doctors at the time 'just drill a hole in my head, just relieve the pressure in my head'."
It is necessary to seek immediate medical assistance if he experiences a sudden severe headache that your child describes as the "worst headache of my life (thunderclap)," or a sudden severe headache with nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, rigidity (stiff) of the neck, and fever.
Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is classically described as the "worst headache of my life," but be careful when patients say that.
The headache is sudden and described as the "worst headache of my life." Over 75% of the time a stiff neck is present.