Do I go to the Emergency room?

Amy Community Member September 12, 2007
  • I need some advise.  I have had this migraine everyday for a little over 2 weeks.  It starts as a dull headache and then with no warning turns into a full fledged doubled over in tears throwing up migraine.  I think I need to go to the emergency room, however; evertime I go, they look at me like I am looking for drugs and tell me basically "Go home and put a cool rag on your eyes."  That does not work!!!  I want to find out why.  Why am I getting these migraines.  No one will help.  They did want to do a spinal tap, which I adamately said NO WAY.  But now I am even willing to go thru that!  So my question is, do I go to the ED or continue to suffer until Monday, when I have an appt with my PCP?  He is deciding if I will go on preventatives.  Please tell me what to do.
4 Comments
  • Eileen Gray
    Health Guide
    Sep. 12, 2007

    There were reasons for them wanting to do a spinal tap. It's to check you for pseudotumor  cerebri 

    http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/123/5846/diagnose-cerebri/1/ This could explain why you are having the migraines. They wouldn't just do it to do it, trust me.

     

    Are they giving you anythig when you are there? Are you on preventatives?...

    RHMLucky777

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    There were reasons for them wanting to do a spinal tap. It's to check you for pseudotumor  cerebri 

    http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/c/123/5846/diagnose-cerebri/1/ This could explain why you are having the migraines. They wouldn't just do it to do it, trust me.

     

    Are they giving you anythig when you are there? Are you on preventatives? Abortives? If you are still having that much pain - you should go back.

     

    Keep us posted ok? And check out or forum if you have more questions - you can get mulitple responces a little quicker in there sometimes. http://forums.healthcentral.com/discussion/migraine/forums if you have not been there yet, you will have to register there as well. Just use the same name and password!

     

    Eileen

    eileen@helpforheadaches.com

     

     

    • Amy
      Amy
      Sep. 12, 2007

      Thanks Eileen.  It is nice to know someone understands.  I am on Imitrex Injections as an abortive.  My Dr is going to decide on Monday if I can have a preventative.  Thanks for the link, I am going to check it out.

  • Libby
    Sep. 13, 2007

    I would say that you should definitly go to the ER. First, if you are throwing up, you could be dehydrated, and if you are not yet, you will be soon. Secondly, get a spinal tap. I had one this summer, and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. You feel one sting from the first local anesthetic they stick in your back, and then everything else to completely...

    RHMLucky777

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    I would say that you should definitly go to the ER. First, if you are throwing up, you could be dehydrated, and if you are not yet, you will be soon. Secondly, get a spinal tap. I had one this summer, and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. You feel one sting from the first local anesthetic they stick in your back, and then everything else to completely pain free. The hardest part was staying still for about five minutes! This is your health, which should be the most important thing to you. Only you can tell when you think that you need to take an extreme measure, such as going to the ER. But, if I was in your position, I would go. It is just really sad that when people who actually need help go to a hospital, they are deemed drug seekers, but tell them exactly what you've been experiencing, and ademently get the treatment you need and deserve. Good luck and hope you feel better!

     

    Libby

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Sep. 12, 2007

    I'm sorry to hear you are in so much pain. As Eileen said, a spinal tap is a good idea to rule out Intracranial Hypertension (PTC) or other conditons as well. BUT, if you have had this Migraine pain for more than 72 hours, without a four hour pain free break you need medical attention for the cycle to break. This could be Status Migrainous.

    I'm not...

    RHMLucky777

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    I'm sorry to hear you are in so much pain. As Eileen said, a spinal tap is a good idea to rule out Intracranial Hypertension (PTC) or other conditons as well. BUT, if you have had this Migraine pain for more than 72 hours, without a four hour pain free break you need medical attention for the cycle to break. This could be Status Migrainous.

    I'm not trying to scare you, but your pain really need to be addressed and you may need some type of preventive plan. Let us know how you make out?

    Have you been over to the discussion forum?