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What kind of problem is described by this adjective?

By 29 October 2017Language Tips

splitting headache

This adjective is used to describe pain in one specific location: the head.

It is an extreme pain closer on the scale to 10 than 0, when 10 is the most painful.

It does not have to mean a migraine but a severe headache which makes the sufferer feels like their head is splitting open.

Do you have an equivalent adjective in your language?
What advice would you give a patient who presents with a splitting headache?