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ER Services

Emergency Room Treatment for Migraines & Headaches

Intense and persistent headaches—including migraines—can become so debilitating that seeking emergency care becomes essential. At SwiftStar Emergency, our well-trained emergency physicians and staff bring extensive experience to address severe headaches and various illnesses. We understand the distress such conditions can cause and are equipped to deliver prompt and effective care.

Beyond managing symptoms; we aim to identify underlying causes, ensuring comprehensive treatment for a more enduring solution to your health concerns. 

What Are Migraines & Other Headaches?

Migraines often bring additional symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and heightened sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. Alongside these classic migraine features, individuals may experience lightheadedness, blurry vision, and, in some cases, neurological warning signs known as auras. Auras, occurring 10 to 15 minutes before an attack, manifest as flashes of light, tingling sensations, or speech problems. Notably, migraines can persist from a few hours to several days.

In addition to migraines, various types of headaches exist, ranging in severity. Tension headaches, for instance, are characterized by a steady, dull ache on both sides of the head, often accompanied by muscle tenderness. Cluster headaches, less common but intensely painful, occur in cyclical patterns and cause severe, piercing pain, usually around one eye. Sinus headaches, associated with sinusitis, bring deep, constant pain in the forehead, cheekbones, or bridge of the nose. Regardless of the type, SwiftStar’s board-certified emergency physicians specialize in addressing a spectrum of headaches, ensuring effective care for all levels of severity.

Common Causes of Migraines and Other Headaches

  • Neurological factors (i.e. abnormal brain activity, changes in neurotransmitter levels)

  • Certain triggers (i.e. foods, beverages, additives)

  • Hormonal changes

  • Environmental factors (i.e. strong smells, bright lights, loud noises)

  • Stress and emotional factors

  • Changes in sleep patterns, inadequate sleep

  • Muscle tension, contraction in the head and neck

  • Poor posture

  • Emotional stress, anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Eye strain

  • Genetics

  • Inflammation of the sinuses

  • Allergies

  • Infections in the nasal passages

  • Dehydration

  • Caffeine withdrawal

  • Dental issues

  • High blood pressure

What to expect at SwiftStar

When you arrive at SwiftStar Emergency with a severe headache, our skilled physicians will conduct a review of your symptoms, examining your headache or migraine history and associated symptoms like nausea and vomiting, as well as identify potential triggers and prior treatments. 

To alleviate severe pain and associated symptoms, we can administer medications intravenously, if needed.

For individuals needing emergency room migraine treatment do not hesitate to visit SwiftStar Emergency.

  • What are the common causes of abdominal pain?
    Abdominal pain can arise from various factors, including indigestion, gas, infections like gastroenteritis or urinary tract infections (UTIs), and conditions such as appendicitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or gallstones. Additionally, menstrual cramps, injury or trauma to the abdominal area, kidney stones, and even serious conditions like abdominal aortic aneurysm or cancer can also lead to abdominal discomfort.
  • How can I differentiate between abdominal pain and symptoms of a heart attack?
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  • What diagnostic procedures are performed for abdominal pain at SwiftStar Emergency?
    At SwiftStar Emergency, the diagnostic process for abdominal pain begins with a thorough assessment of symptoms and a detailed physical examination, including gentle palpation to pinpoint the source of discomfort. Additional evaluations such as blood tests, urinalysis, ultrasound, and potentially a CT scan may be ordered based on the initial assessment. These diagnostic tools help our team swiftly identify the underlying cause of abdominal pain and tailor treatment accordingly.
  • What treatment options are available for abdominal pain at SwiftStar Emergency?
    Treatment for abdominal pain at SwiftStar Emergency may include medications to alleviate pain and inflammation, manage infections, regulate bowel movements, or control stomach acid production. In cases where a serious underlying issue such as appendicitis or a hernia is identified, surgical intervention may be necessary. Our skilled team of board-certified physicians and experienced staff are dedicated to providing prompt and appropriate care for acute or chronic abdominal pain across all age groups.
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