Treatments for Severe Headaches
Emergency Care for Head Injuries
While many of us get occasional headaches that are of no dire importance, the causes of headaches vary and some instances may call for immediate medical attention. From mild stress-induced headaches to more severe cases like migraines, and even life-threatening instances such as a stroke or aneurysm, any form of pain arising from the head can be frightening. Excel ER can provide treatment for severe headaches or emergency care for head injuries.
As a rule of thumb, medical attention should be sought out when new, unusual symptoms are emerging, or if the headache does not go away with pain relievers or progressively worsens.
Differentiating Types of Headaches
Severe headaches may involve pulsing, stabbing, or throbbing pain that can be felt across a wide area of your head or localized to a small spot.
Common types of headaches include:
- Primary Headaches - These types of headaches are not considered side effects or resulting from other conditions or diseases. Tension headaches fall into this category, and they are characterized by dull pain or pressure typically around the sides of your head or across the forehead. Cluster headaches are also considered primary headaches, with the sharp, burning sensation usually experienced on either side of your head.
- Migraines - A severe form of headache, migraines can be accompanied by debilitating symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, and even temporary vision loss.
- Secondary Headaches - Secondary headaches are those attributable to another health condition, causing the nerves within your head to react to the induced pain.
When to Seek Medical Emergency Care for Headaches
If you are experiencing headaches more severe than usual, are persistent, or are intensifying in pain, contact our emergency care providers right away to determine whether you should visit us or require an ambulance sent out for more fatal situations.
A severe headache accompanied by any of the following symptoms are cause for urgent medical attention:
- Persistent vomiting or nausea
- Weakness or fainting
- Speech difficulties
- Walking difficulties/loss of balance
- Numbness along the face or body
- Loss of consciousness or confusion
- High fever
- Blurred vision
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