The occasional headache shouldn’t cause alarm for most people. You know your body well, and know the difference between a typical headache and one that is more cause for concern. While a typical headache lasting only a few hours may be treated with over-the-counter medication, an unexpected onset of long-lasting headaches or a headache that feels different than any you’ve experienced before may necessitate a trip to a Denver emergency room near you. 

Consider the guidelines below if you’re unsure if your headache or migraine requires emergency care. 

Headaches with these symptoms may be more dangerous

If you are experiencing the sudden onset of a debilitating headache that interferes with daily tasks, or is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should immediately seek emergency care: 

  • Difficulty walking
  • Fever
  • Severe pain that begins suddenly
  • Weakness or numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision 

Certain medical conditions may increase the need for emergency care

Those with certain medical histories who are experiencing a headache could be at a higher risk for a more serious issue. If you have any of the following medical conditions, and are experiencing a severe, debilitating headache, you should seek emergency care: 

  • A recent head injury
  • Recent bodily trauma
  • If you are using blood thinners 

Headache treatment at a fully accredited Denver emergency room

Severe headaches can be physically and mentally debilitating. Rose Medical Center’s Level IV trauma center is fully equipped to help you receive the relief you need. Because we are specially accredited in the treatment of everything from chest pain to stroke, our team of physicians and nurses is dedicated to treating your emergency concerns as quickly as possible. Rose Medical Center treats patients at any age; we aim to provide high-quality, comfortable care under the national average wait time to get you back on your feet.