I had a stabbing pain that would wake me up in the middle of the night. When I would drop something and pick it up, my head would throb so bad, I began asking my kids to pick things up for me. I had this for 5 days until I asked a friend who is a nurse about this. She said "rule of thumb, if you have a headache for more than 48 hrs. Go to the ER" When I look back, I realize now that I had other symptoms, ie. confusion understanding & asking them to repeat something. Loss of balance in the slightest way. I went to the DR. who admitted me right away after the CT scan resulted abnormal. I'm 51, active, and grateful my Dr. suggested a CT immediately. Its only been since May on Mother's Day. I get nervous with a slight headache now.