Some people are hesitant to visit an ER for a “bad headache,” but migraines can be debilitating and extremely painful. If you have a severe headache medical attention might be necessary.
Visit the closest ER. SignatureCare Emergency Center has several locations to serve you the next time a migraine strikes. Our emergency room doctors are board-certified doctors and our emergency room is open 24/7. You can schedule an appointment at our emergency room or just walk in- we typically have little or not wait. A migraine is an intense headache that is often characterized by a pulsing or throbbing pain in one place, and it often lasts for several hours or a few days. The pain may also be accompanied by vomiting, nausea or sensitivity to light and sound, and it may be preceded by tingling in the arms or legs, blind spots or flashes of light.
Common Causes of Migraines:
Doctors not have identified exactly what causes migraine headaches, but they have discovered that there are a few things that can play a role in whether a person suffers from migraines.
- Genetics – Scientists believe that a person who has relatives who suffer from migraine headaches will be more likely to experience migraines. While men and women can have migraine attacks, the condition is more common among women.
- Chemical imbalances – Doctors are still studying the role of serotonin in relation to migraines, but they believe that there may be a link between decreased levels of serotonin and migraine attacks.
- Fluctuations in hormones– Many women suffer from migraines during or before their periods due to the sudden drop of estrogen. Migraines may also affect women who are pregnant or who are going through menopause. In some cases, hormone replacement therapy may be helpful, but it may also make the migraine attacks worse.
- Activities – Some people experience a migraine when they participate in rigorous physical activities, including sex and exercise.
- Environmental triggers – Many migraine sufferers report that certain triggers can bring on their migraines. These triggers include:
- Changes in weather
- Preservatives and food additives
- Foods, including cheese, wine and processed foods
When to Seek Medical Attention:
If over-the-counter pain medication does not alleviate your migraine pain, you should consider coming in to see us. Specifically, don’t delay your visit if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Loss of balance
- Slurring, stuttering or other speech difficulties
If you are experiencing symptoms of a migraine, visit the closest emergency room immediately. Our emergency room is open 24/7. Our board-certified physicians will get you taken care of, within the comforts of our fully-stocked facility. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.