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Friday, December 6, 2013
Severe Migraine or Stroke
I am a 23 year old female who was diagnosed with migraines at age 15. Today I felt as though I had a sinus headache (not a migraine), and took Sudafed and Aleve. Soon afterward however, I got this thunderclap headache that made me scream out, and I have been in severe pain since then. The pain is also in my neck and along my upper (outer) arm. Is this a migraine or cluster headache or stroke?
Please, seek medical attention urgently. I am very concerned about your recent headache. You must be seen now at the closest Emergency room for immediate CT scan and evaluation by the emergency room physician.
Yousef Mohammad, MD, MSc
Director, Stroke Fellowship Program
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University