Individuals who suffer an acute, severe migraine headache that persists despite self-administered therapy typically have one of two options: either seek care at an emergency room or simply “suffer in silence” until the headache attack eventually ends. The first option is time-consuming, often uncomfortable, costly and not necessarily guaranteed to result in an effective treatment outcome. The discomfort and disadvantages of “suffering in silence” speak for themselves.
Our headache “Rescue Room” offers a third and more attractive alternative. Patients who are actively being followed in The Headache Center and who are experiencing an acute, severe migraine headache that is not responding to self-administered therapy may call the Center Monday-Friday at 202.741.2793 to request in-clinic treatment. That treatment typically will involve intravenous hydration and subcutaneous, intramuscular or intravenous administration of a medication or a combination of medications known to be effective in the treatment of a persistent migraine attack. The “Rescue Room” is located within the headache clinic itself, and patients will be treated by providers who are familiar with them and with their headache management.