Have you been to the emergency room for migraine? Many of us are forced to seek care in the emergency room when our preventative and rescue treatments fail us and we are left in agonizing and protracted pain. Unfortunately, we often encounter less than compassionate care with some healthcare workers being suspicious that we are drug-seekers. The departments are often also noisy with bad smells, fluorescent lighting, and long waits. Not exactly the calm, dark, environment we would prefer as we labor through a most challenging attack.
Do you have ideas as to how to avoid the Emergency Room when faced with a severe and intractable attack? Creating an emergency response plan to ensure you can avoid the emergency room can be helpful. This may include working with your doctor to prescribe emergency-type interventions you can administer at home. Or choosing a migraine specialist who can provide emergency interventions through his/her office. Once a plan is created, it never hurts to run through this plan of action with your doctor on a regular basis regarding how best to handle an after-hours intractable attack.
Have you ever had to go to the Emergency Room for migraine treatment? If so, what was your experience? Do you have ideas about how to avoid the experience altogether?