Question: When Should You Go To The ER For A Headache?

The best reason for an ER visit is for unusual symptoms that are new to you.

You may seek attention to make sure there is no chance of another problem such as aneurysm or meningitis.

A severe headache that starts very suddenly (within a second or two) can mean another disorder such as stroke.

When should you go to the hospital for a headache?

You should go to the hospital right away if:

  • You have an extremely severe headache (it could be a migraine, or it could be something more serious)
  • You have speech, vision, movement, or balance problems that are new or different from symptoms you have had before with your migraines.

When should you go to the ER for a migraine?

An Abnormal Migraine Attack

  1. Confusion, memory loss, trouble speaking or slurred speech.
  2. Extreme dizziness.
  3. Fever.
  4. Numbness, paralysis, weakness, loss of balance.
  5. Stiff neck.
  6. Persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
  7. Respiratory issues.
  8. Loss of consciousness.

How do I know if my headache is serious?

Headache Warning Signs

  • Squeezing sensation.
  • Nausea, sensitivity to light, sound.
  • Waking up.
  • Fever or stiff neck.
  • Rapid, severe pain.
  • Head injury.
  • Vision problems.
  • Unusual headaches.

What will the ER do for migraines?

Sumatriptan injection is used to treat the symptoms of migraine headaches (severe, throbbing headaches that sometimes are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to sound and light). Sumatriptan does not prevent migraine attacks or reduce the number of headaches you have.