Jan 8, 2019

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: It's time for another edition of ER or Not with Dr. Troy Madsen. Go ahead and play along and see if you know the answer to today's situation. Really bad headache, ER or not?

Dr. Madsen: Well, when you think about headaches it may seem maybe kind of silly to think I'm going to go to an ER for a headache. But, the headaches that really concern me are headaches that are sudden, severe headaches or headaches that are different than headaches you've had previously. For me, those raise concerns for a possible aneurysm in the brain, possibly something that's burst. For those types of headaches, severe headaches, absolutely go to the ER.

Otherwise if it's a type of headache you've had before, you can probably try to treat it at home. If you're just not successful treating it at home, you may need to come to the ER for some IV medication. It may be worth seeing your doctor at some point for these headaches as well to try some preventive medication.

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