Do You Need to Go to the Emergency Room for Your Headache?

Woman experiencing headacheThere might be times when unusual migraine symptoms or headaches are warning signs of underlying health issues that require medical attention.

Unfortunately, some people are hesitant to contact their doctor or seek emergency help since they don’t want to be embarrassed in the event that their headache was just that—a simple headache, warns an ER doctor in a top urgent care medical center in Eagle Mountain.

However, you should try to overcome your embarrassment and at least consult your doctor, especially if the following conditions apply to you:

  • You have headaches that come on fast and are severe.
  • You experience regular headaches.
  • Your headache comes with other symptoms, such as dizziness, confusion, numbness, fever, shortness of breath, persistent vomiting, stiff neck, slurred speech, fatigue, vision loss, persistent diarrhea, and symptoms that affect your eyes, nose, ears, and throat.
  • Your headache is interfering with your daily tasks.
  • Your headache continues to worsen or persist.
  • You take pain relievers for at least two days in a week to stop the pain (but to no avail), or OTC drugs but the recommended dose just doesn’t seem to cut it.
  • The specific characteristics of your regular headaches or migraines attacks seem to change every day.
  • Your headaches started following a head injury or some kind of trauma.
  • You experience headaches when sneezing, coughing, exercising, bending over, getting up fast, or during sexual activity.

On the other hand, you need to head straight to the emergency department if you’re experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Your headache or migraine attack is the worst one you’ve ever felt in your entire life.
  • Your migraine attack or a headache is accompanied by symptoms that are unusual or abnormal, or vastly different from the symptoms you’re accustomed to.
  • Your pain persists for longer than 72 hours and without a pain-free, 4-hour period while you’re awake.
  • Your headache or migraine comes with uncontrollable vomiting, loss consciousness, and vision loss.

It’s crucial to note that even if you’re used to experiencing frequent headaches, it’s best that you visit your doctor in the event the intensity of your pain or the pattern suddenly changes.