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Migraine 101

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Does a migraine ever warrant a 911 call?

Expert:   Joshua Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center »

Can migraines ever send you to the ER? The answer is yes-- under severe circumstances. Check out this video and learn more.

Transcript: Sometime migraine symptoms, such as severe pulsing pain, nausea and vomiting, may seem like a medical emergency, but they are simply the run of the mill symptoms these terrible headaches. But certain symptoms may indicate something far graver, such as a stroke or a brain hemorrhage. Since people who have migraines are twice as likely to have a stroke, you should pay attention.Call 911 when you have a migraine AND The headache starts very suddenly. You are experiencing "the worst headache of your life." YOU get to be the judge of THAT. You have problems with speech, vision, or movement, or can’t keep your balance, especially if you have not had these kinds of symptoms with a migraine before. Your headache is more severe when you are lying down. Call your doctor, not 911, if:Your headache patterns or pain change. Treatments that once worked are no longer helpful. You have side effects from medication, including irregular heartbeat, pale or blue skin,extreme sleepiness, persistent cough, depression, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,constipation, stomach pain, cramps, dry mouth, or extreme thirst. You are pregnant or could become pregnant -- some migraine medications should not be taken when pregnant. For more information on managing migraine headaches, watch more videos in this series! More »

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