Atypical Recent Headaches

What Causes Recent Unusual Headaches?

Recent unusual headaches can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose recent unusual headaches, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "recent unusual headaches" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Infectious Mononucleosis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Brain Tumor
  • West Nile Virus
  • Gastroenteritis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
blood transfusions
vision disturbances
chronic headaches
having watery stools
history of bulimia
recent transplant surgery
gradual decline in speaking ability
rapid loss of vision
much reduced sense of smell
recent onset fatigue
recent onset vomiting
frequent episodes of diarrhea
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of recent unusual headaches:
Cause Probability Status
West Nile Virus 97% Confirm
Infectious Mononucleosis 28% Unlikely
Gastroenteritis 2% Ruled out
Brain Tumor 2% Ruled out
HIV/AIDS 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Metabolic Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about atypical recent headaches:
Have you experienced any unusual headaches within the past month?
Possible responses:
→ They are ongoing / don't know
→ No
→ Yes, one/some that have now resolved
→ Yes, I am having mild to moderate headaches
→ Yes, I am having severe headaches
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of atypical recent headaches, resolved atypical recent headaches or current atypical headaches, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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