SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Rebound headaches tend to:
- Occur every day, often waking you in the early morning
- Improve with pain-relief medication but then return as your medication wears off
- Persist throughout the day
- Worsen with physical or mental exertion
Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Neck pain
- Restlessness and difficulty concentrating
- Memory problems
- Unrestful sleep
- Stuffy nose
When to see a doctor
Occasional headaches are common. But it's important to take your headaches seriously. Some types of headaches can be life-threatening.
Seek immediate medical care if your headache:
- Is sudden and severe
- Accompanies a fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking
- Follows a head injury
- Gets worse despite rest and pain medication
- Is a new type in someone over 50
- Wakes you from sleep
Consult your doctor if:
- You usually have two or more headaches a week
- You take a pain reliever for your headaches more than twice a week
- You need more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter pain remedies to relieve your headaches
- Your headache pattern changes
- Your headaches are getting worse
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