When to go to the Emergency Room for a Migraine or Headache

The pain associated with migraines and severe headaches can be debilitating. An ordinary headache generally goes away on its own in a few hours. There are other times when the headache is so severe, you think you may need urgent care at an emergency room.

The thought of going to a hospital-connected ER, which is notorious for long wait times, almost makes your headache worse. Now you have an alternative. At the stand-alone Rice ER, you receive the urgent care you need without the wait times. You can even check in online. Rice Emergency Room Is conveniently located in the Rice Village/West University area of Houston, Texas.

We Have Top-Notch Facilities.

We have state-of-the-art facilities that are equipped with the latest technology. This allows us to provide the best possible care for our patients. We are happy to serve all of our neighbors living in Morningside Place, Southampton, Southgate, Old Braeswood, Braeswood Place, Sunset Terrace, Montclair, Greenbriar and Knollwood Village, Upper Kirby, and River Oaks.

Why Choose Rice ER?

Within minutes of arriving at Rice ER, you’ll be seen and treated by one of our caring Emergency Physicians. No more long wait times.

Insurance Coverage

Rice Emergency Room accepts all commercial insurances. We also offer medical screening examinations to evaluate all patients with a medical emergency.

Billing Questions

Rice ER practices no surprise billing. We bill your insurance directly. Our goal is to prevent unexpected charges. We work with you as an advocate.

Tell Us You’re Coming

Average wait times are less than ten minutes.

The Possible Causes of Headaches

There are many causes of headaches. Generally, the following causes can be treated by your primary care physician or at home with over-the-counter medication. If you need help after-hours, you can contact Rice Er’s Call-a-Doc line to speak to a board-certified physician.  

When the headache hits, follow the instructions your health care professional has prescribed in the past. This may be taking a prescription painkiller or over-the-counter medication, such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

When you Should go to the ER for your Headache

Although most headaches can be treated with over-the-counter medication, headaches that do not respond to OTC treatment or are accompanied by the symptoms below may be symptoms of more serious illnesses.

You need to head to an ER if you have a headache that comes suddenly, does not respond to your OTC medications, or is accompanied by the following symptoms:

If you ae unable to talk when you have a migraine, you should get a medical ID bracelet that includes your migraine history and generally required treatment.

There are some severe conditions that can cause a headache. That can include:

What to Expect at the Stand-Alone Rice ER

At the stand-alone Rice Emergency Room, you will find board-certified physicians and other staff members who are specially trained to treat all types of illnesses. They commonly see people with headaches and know what tests are needed and how to quickly identify serious causes of headaches, like strokes and aneurysms, that need immediate treatment.

Wait times at Rice ER are far shorter than the wait times associated with hospital-based ERs. Generally, patients talk with a board-certified physician within minutes of their arrival, not hours.

Tests and Treatments Available at Rice Emergency Room

Rice ER uses the same diagnostic tools used by hospital-based ERs. Many tests may be performed to either identify the cause of your headache or rule out a possible cause. The physician will determine which tests are needed for your specific symptoms. Those tests may include:

When the cause of your migraine or headache is identified, the ER physician will provide whatever treatment he or she deems appropriate. If hospitalization is required, Rice ER has an agreement with hospitals for the transfer of patients directly to their hospital bed without going through the hospital ER for evaluation.


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If this is a medical emergency call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.