When to go to an emergency room for headaches

When to go to an emergency room for headaches 

Headaches are unwanted visitor we get every now and again. We experience different types of headaches. Some hit us so hard while others just fade after some few minutes but one thing they all have in common is the fact that they cause us a lot of pain. Headaches are caused by very many reasons. Normally when you have a headache, it is an indication that there is a health problem within your system.

Primary headaches are stand-alone illnesses caused directly by the over-activity of, or problems with, structures in the head that are pain-sensitive. This includes the blood vessels, muscles and nerves of the head and neck. Secondary headaches on the other hand are a signal of another problem in the system. They are caused by another problem which stimulates the pain-sensitive nerves in the head.

Although most headaches are considered to be harmless, some of them are a symptom of a serious medical condition which needs medical attention. Differentiating between the harmless and potentially fatal headaches can be an uphill task. There are some symptoms related to headaches that should prompt you to seek medical care from the nearest emergency centre as soon as you possibly can. There have been cases in the past of people who neglected the so called minor headaches and ended up dying or getting far worse complications. So, when exactly should you go to the emergency room for headaches? What are the symptoms to watch out for? With the help of some of our best doctors here at Bellaire Emergency Room, we have compiled 5 common headache symptoms that should make you visit the emergency room;

  1. Unbearable pain

Some headaches hit you so hard that you just can’t bear with the pain. If you are experiencing one of these headaches which hits you with too much intensity and persists for more than 15 minutes, you need to visit the emergency room as soon as possible. Such a painful headache might be an indication of a tragedy waiting to happen and you better rush to the emergency room to get the situation sorted before it is too late. Such headaches could point towards stroke or even dangerous migraines.

  1. Vomiting

Another symptom that you should not ignore is vomiting caused by nausea. Nausea and vomiting is caused by the closing of the pyloric sphincter to low digestion. The stomach dilates and any leftovers stay in the stomach and they cause the severe nausea and vomiting when we have headaches. Normal harmless headaches normally would never arise into problems like vomiting and nausea and you should therefore be worried when you start vomiting when experiencing a headache. Visit an emergency room as soon as you possibly can and get the medical practitioner to give you the correct treatment before it is too late.

  1. Blurred vision or unresolved loss of vision

If you are experiencing headaches accompanied by blurred vision or total loss of vision, then you need to visit an emergency room. These are symptoms that point towards ocular migraine which can cause blindness if they are not attended to by an expert. Such headaches are caused by sensitivity to flashing light, and bind spots in your field of view. A visit to the emergency room will help you to not only determine the exact cause of such migraines but will enable you get the much needed treatment. Ocular migraines are very painful. It almost feels like the eye is going to crack and you can’t even look at light directly. Contact an emergency room as soon as you start experiencing these headaches.

  1. Confusion and dizziness

Headaches accompanied by an overwhelming feeling of dizziness and confusion, should be a warning sign that something somewhere is a problem and you should see a medical practitioner in an emergency room as soon as possible. Headaches that last anything between 1 hour and a whole day which result in weakness, dizziness and confusion may be a sign of an even worse medical condition. Don’t let the headaches get the better of you, make a point of visiting an emergency room and explain in detail what you are feeling to the doctor. Accurate information will help him/her identify the exact problem and dish out the right treatment for the problem.

  1. Recurrent headaches

If you are taking medication but the headaches keep coming back, then you need to be warned. Especially if the headaches come in intervals of less than a week. This might be an indication of something else-possibly a stroke or even something worse. If the headaches are not responding to prescribed medication, then seek help from the nearest emergency room.

Never assume anything when it comes to headaches. You might be putting your life on the line by sitting on that persistent headache. Visit an emergency room and let them examine you and give you the required treatment for your headaches. Don’t let them affect the quality of life you are leading, head to an emergency room today and get medical help.