When You Should Probably Visit The ER
In some instances, your headache or migraine might be so intense or accompanied by other symptoms that you should make a trip to the emergency room. The question really is, when should you go to the ER for a headache? For instance, if you think you’re having a stroke, or you took a bad fall and hit your head, you should absolutely visit the ER. Pay attention to your other symptoms. Signs of a stroke include drooping on one side of your face, inability to raise both arms over your head, and slurred speech. Seeing a doctor within three hours of a stroke will give you a better recovery.
Another reason you should visit the ER is if you think your headache is from a heatstroke. If you’re outside on a hot day and you begin to have a severe headache, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, dry skin, red or pale skin, fast heart rate, seizures, or fainting, you need to visit the ER. You can try moving to a cooler area (preferably air-conditioned), getting into cool water, or putting on wet clothes to cool off.
If you’re pregnant and experience a severe headache in your third trimester accompanied by vomiting, nausea, burning in your chest, or stomach pain, it may indicate preeclampsia which can threaten the life of both mother and baby.
Lastly, if you’re experiencing a headache so severe you can’t function normally, go to the ER. If your headache ever feels like the worst pain you’ve experienced, don’t ever hesitate to seek medical attention. If it doesn’t feel life-threatening but still severe, a quick trip to your doctor won’t hurt.