Thunderclap headaches are named for their sudden, explosive pain. These severe headaches peak within 60 seconds, but the pain can linger for more than a week.

It’s important to pay attention to the warning sign of a thunderclap headache because it usually a sign of more serious illness. It is extremely important to seek medical help right away when experiencing one.

Thunderclap headaches are attention-getting and dramatic, and its symptoms include pain that:
Strikes severely without warning
Starts to diminish after 60 seconds
Is constant, lasting anywhere from an hour and ten days
Involves the neck, lower back or head
Can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting or loss of consciousness

When seeing a doctor for a thunderclap or any a headache, prepare by bringing as much information about the episodes as possible. Note the symptoms, triggers, any medications, and write down questions for the doctor. The more information we have, the better equipped our doctor is to formulate a course of action.

Headaches are a warning sign, and they are trying to tell us something. Whether they are saying slow down and relax or alerting us to a more serious condition, it will do us good to pay attention to what they are saying and seek professional help when they are severe and persistent.

H/T : Powerofpositivity.com