Sudden And Severe Headache
An individual who is having a hemorrhagic stroke may present with a sudden and severe headache. A headache caused by a hemorrhagic stroke often has a focal point that can help distinguish what part of the brain is experiencing the stroke. When an individual has a hemorrhagic stroke in their carotid artery, they may get a sudden and severe headache in their forehead. The patient may have a sudden and severe headache in the back of their head when a hemorrhagic stroke occurs in the vertebrobasilar system that provides blood to the backside of the brain.
There are no pain reporting nerves contained within the tissues of the brain itself, though the protective membranes around the brain, also known as the meninges, do have a high concentration of sensory nerves. When blood escapes from the vessels during a hemorrhagic stroke, it can be highly irritating to the tissues of the meninges. This irritation causes the affected individual to experience the rapid onset of an extremely painful headache.