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Is calling in sick with a headache a valid reason to miss work?An employee has been...

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mamma12 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted October 17, 2011 at 1:25 AM via web

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Is calling in sick with a headache a valid reason to miss work?

An employee has been having daily headaches and speaks to one of the nurses. Based upon her descriptions, the nurse explains that she probably has a tension headache or a migraine. The nurse advises your employee to keep a daily log of anything that seems to make her headache worse until she is able to see a doctor next week. You decide to do some research into tension-related and migraine headaches.

  • Is calling in sick with a headache a valid reason to miss work?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 17, 2011 at 7:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Calling in sick with a headache can be a legitamate reason to miss work. Of course, it really depends on the intensity of the headache. One would hope that an employee would be mature enough not to call in sick unless it was a severe headache. If the headache is a migraine, the person might miss a good deal of work until a doctor can determine a course of treatment for the person. A migraine is more than just a serious headache. It can cause light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, sensitivity to sound, and many other equally unpleasant symptoms. Migraines can be truly debilitating. Any severe pain should be taken seriously. Headaches can be an indicator for many serious conditions. Some headaches can even be clues to life threatening issues such as a clot or bleading in the brain. Personally, I would never advise an employee to self-medicate. While they might choose this option, it is always best to advise others to seek medical attention from a qualified physician.

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