Can Urgent Care Treat My Migraines?

Dec 13, 2023
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Migraine headaches can be debilitating. They often come at inopportune times when the doctor’s office isn’t open. Urgent care is a great option when you have a painful migraine.

Do you have a history of migraine headaches? Have you gotten them on a weekend when you talked to a doctor or nurse on call who may not be familiar with your history? 

At League Health Urgent & Primary Care in Katy, Texas, our board-certified primary care physician, Dr. Susan Tanyi,  understands that illness isn’t confined to 9 to 5 on weekdays. We offer extended weeknight and weekend hours for times when you need urgent care. 

In addition, we take walk-ins, so when you’re experiencing the severe pain associated with a migraine, we find a way to fit you in. Plus, you don’t have the expense of an emergency room visit. Emergency rooms often have hours-long wait times because they handle major incidents like car accidents. 

Urgent care treatment for migraines

We know you need relief from your pain. Migraines can last anywhere from four hours to three  days. Even an hour of this kind of pain can be excruciating. 

We review your medical history and any medications you take. Dr. Sanyi asks you specific questions about your migraine history, including how often you experience attacks, how long they last, whether you have an aura, where the pain is located, and triggers you’ve identified that can lead to a migraine. 

Dr. Sanyi conducts a physical exam and checks your vital signs. We test your vision, reflexes, motor strength, and gait. Dr. Sanyi also performs a neurologic exam that checks your cranial nerves by checking the feeling in your face, assessing your hearing and eye movement, and your ability to swallow and move your head, neck, and shoulders. 

We can administer a high dose NSAID shot as well as an anti-nausea medication if you feel sick to your stomach. We can relieve your symptoms and help you develop preventive measures in the future. 

Keeping a diary of symptoms associated with your migraines can help you learn when one is beginning to form. Treating your migraine early before the intense pain starts can help to reduce your pain and possibly stop the full onset of symptoms. 

When to go to the emergency room with a headache

Migraine pain is often so severe that you may wonder if you should go to the emergency room. If you have any of the following symptoms with your headache, you should go to the emergency room because you could be experiencing a health event such as a stroke or a blood clot:

  • Loss of vision
  • High fever
  • Mental confusion
  • Numbness or weakness
  • A severe, sudden headache 

Contact League Health Urgent & Primary Care or walk in when you have a severe migraine. We’re here to help.