When Should I Worry About a One-Sided Headache?
Do you often get headaches on one side of your head? When should you see a doctor? Headache specialist Emad Estemalik, MD, explains.
A: One-sided headaches can mean different things. I ask my patients: Are the headaches continuous or do they come and go ? How long do the headaches last?
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When we talk about unilateral or one-sided headaches, there’s a distinct family of headache disorders called TACs, or the trigeminal autonomic cephalgias, and they have four distinct headaches:
If you have one-sided headaches, it’s important to seek an evaluation by a neurologist or a headache specialist. A workup is crucial and brain imaging is often necessary to rule out any secondary causes.
— Headache specialist Emad Estemalik, MD