Headaches are quite common and can be caused by everything from poor posture
to sleep deprivation. But sometimes, a headache might indicate a serious
or even life-threatening medical condition that requires emergency transportation
to the hospital. These include conditions like meningitis and a ruptured
brain aneurysm. When neurological emergencies affect people in the Riverside
area, specialty care can be found at
Riverside Community Hospital.
Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
When a blood vessel wall bulges outward and stretches, it is referred
to as an aneurysm. An aneurysm can occur in any blood vessel, including
in blood vessels of the brain. Most aneurysms aren’t detected until
they rupture or leak. When this occurs, the patient is likely to
experience an extremely painful headache. The headache may be accompanied by other symptoms such as seizures, nausea,
vomiting, confusion, loss of consciousness, and stiff neck. If you or
a loved one suffers the rapid onset of these types of symptoms, it’s
time to call 911.
Stroke is another life-threatening cause of sudden, severe headaches.
Most strokes occur when an obstruction in a blood vessel, such as a blood
clot, blocks the flow of blood to the brain. This causes the brain cells
in the affected area to die quickly, resulting in functional impairments.
A stroke can also be caused by bleeding on the brain. In addition to a
headache, stroke can cause one-sided weakness or numbness, slurred speech,
confusion, and walking difficulties.
The meninges are the layers of tissue that surround the brain and spinal
cord. An infection of this tissue and of the cerebrospinal fluid is called
meningitis. Meningitis is a medical emergency that may cause death within
a matter of hours if left untreated. In addition to a headache, patients
with meningitis may experience a high fever, very stiff, sore neck, sensitivity
to light, vomiting, confusion, and seizures.
Riverside Community Hospital provides 24/7
Neurological Emergency Services, including specialized care for patients with stroke, brain aneurysm,
and migraines. If you or a loved one is experiencing a serious medical
emergency in Riverside, please call 911 immediately. If you have a non-emergent
question about our hospital services, you can call (951) 788-3463 and
speak with one of our registered nurses.