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When is a Migraine an Emergency?

In general, many people seek emergency treatment for regular migraines. However, patients can save a lot of time and money by visiting AFC Methuen for migraine treatment. It’s important to know the emergency signs that accompany a migraine to receive treatment. In these cases, it is best to visit your local emergency room.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Methuen for urgent symptoms or treatment of your general migraine. Our providers can recommend or prescribe medications to help alleviate your symptoms.

Typical Migraine Symptoms

Migraines often happen in stages, though not everyone experiences all of the stages. If you suffer from migraines, you are often familiar with the Attack stage. The prodrome stage often causes mood swings, neck stiffness, and constipation, and the aura stage often causes visual phenomena and pins and needles sensation in the arms and legs.

Symptoms of the Attack stage include pain that throbs or pulses on one or both sides of the head, sensitivity to light, smell, or touch, and nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can last from four to 72 hours if left untreated. They can occur frequently or once every few months, depending on the patient.

Emergency Symptoms

While general migraine symptoms can be debilitating, they often do not require emergency care. If new or unusual symptoms accompany a migraine, that is when patients should receive medical attention. These additional symptoms may be signs of aneurysm, stroke, or meningitis. Headaches that are severe and begin within a few seconds are warning signs of a stroke, and you should call 911 immediately.

Additional symptoms include fever, weakness, loss of vision, double vision, and confusion. These symptoms, combined with known liver, heart, or kidney conditions, pregnancy, or immunodeficiency disorders, constitute a visit to the ER. When visiting the ER, your doctor may recommend CT scans or spinal taps to eliminate the option of meningitis, stroke, or bleeding in the brain.

Migraine Treatment

Different doctors treat general migraine symptoms differently since there is no way to truly cure migraines. Additional treatment options may be considered if any of the mentioned symptoms accompany your migraine.

In general, OTC pain medications or prescribed medications can help alleviate the pain of a migraine. There is also preventative medication that can be prescribed to help reduce the risk of future attacks. The type of medication recommended by your provider depends on the severity and frequency of the migraines and additional medical conditions.