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While these headaches could be variants of migraines called ice-pick headaches, or even cluster headaches, in someone who doesn't have a history of headache syndromes (I assume you don't by your lack of mentioning this in your history), the "worst headache of your life" or "stop the world" headache as you put it has the possibility of severe consequences. While I would certainly continue to treat these with rest, ibuprofen, and cutting down on caffeine (headache-type hygiene), I think you need to see a neurologist soon, or at the very least your primary care doctor. While rare, these thunderclap-type headaches which are the worst of your life can, sometimes, be from aneurysms and other dangerous neurological problems. While not meant to scare you, I think your description is worrisome enough that I would recommend seeing your PCP at the very least as soon as you can, and if possible, probably a visit to the neurologist as soon as it is feasible. Does this make sense?
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Thank you for your response. No, I do not have a history of headaches. I try not to be an alarmist, but these headaches have definitely got my attention. I thought maybe it may be a blood pressure issue, but every time I've checked it has been normal.
Yes, that is a good place to start and to think of, but given that it is normal, I think we need to think of other issues and the most worrisome is a life-threatening problem.
Oh, I'm not sure it matters, but I also have a history of melanoma. So far, it has been taken care of surgically, but no one has ever felt the need to do a pet scan or anything of that nature.
Thank you for that additional information. I doubt highly if that would be playing a role in this process, but it's good to know about. Do you have any other questions about this or about my recommendation?
I don't believe so. You have been extremely helpful! Thank you for being realistic without being too "scary sounding". I will be making an appointment today!
You're welcome. Good luck to you.
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