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River Oaks Emergency Room

Emergency Room located in Houston, TX


Headaches can be a mild annoyance or a severe, even crippling condition. If you’re experiencing unexplained or severe headaches, it’s important to seek medical help. The healthcare professionals at River Oaks Emergency Room in Houston provide 24-hour emergency medical care for all types of headaches. Visit River Oaks ER right away if your headache is interfering with your ability to function.

Headaches Q & A

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What is the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Differentiating between a headache and a migraine is critical, as it can lead to proper treatment and faster relief.


Headache pain ranges from mild to severe and usually occurs on both sides of your head. However, pain from a headache can also manifest in your temples, your forehead, and the back of your neck.

There are several types of headaches, the most common being a tension headache, which produces dull pain in the back of your head and your forehead. Almost  80% of adults in the United States get tension headaches at some point in their lives.

Other types of headaches include sinus, cluster, or thunderclap headaches.


Migraines cause severe and intense pain, occasionally requiring hospitalization. Migraines normally affect one side of your head and are often accompanied by other symptoms, including:

  • Pain behind one eye or ear

  • Pain in the temples

  • Sensitivity to light and sound

  • Seeing flashing lights and spots

  • Temporary vision loss

  • Nausea and vomiting

If you suffer from migraines often, some warning symptoms may appear a few days before a migraine comes on.

What causes headaches and migraines?

Headaches have several causes and are categorized by the International Headache Society as either primary or secondary.

Primary headaches are caused by overactivity and problems in your brain, including anxiety, stress, alcohol intake, and skipped meals.

Secondary headaches are caused by underlying conditions that stimulate pain-sensitive nerves. Such conditions include diseases, blood clots, and brain tumors.

The causes of migraines are not fully understood, but environmental factors and genetics are thought to play a role. For example, an imbalance in brain chemicals may trigger a migraine.

How are headaches and migraines treated?

After the completion of a comprehensive evaluation of your condition, the medical professionals at River Oaks Emergency Room determine which treatment option is best for you. Typical headache treatments include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescribed medications
  • Small amounts of caffeine
  • Rest

Migraine treatments are focused on prevention and trigger avoidance. Other migraine treatments include:

  • Preventive medication
  • Hot and cold compresses on your head
  • Small amounts of caffeine

Sometimes headaches are the result of more severe medical conditions, such as head injuries or concussions, or they may stem from cerebrovascular incidents, such as strokes.

If headaches or migraines are causing you great pain, visit River Oaks Emergency Room, which is open 24 hours a day, for relief.


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "I went for difficulty breathing and was seen right away. Even during shift change everyone was very attentive and made sure that I was all right."

    Rosie B.
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    "Best emergency care facility for minor services we needed. The staff is knowledgeable in professional medical care and would recommend this location to my friends."

    Priscilla G.
  • Google+

    "I don't ever want to be in an ER again but if I have to, I will definitely head straight to River Oaks."

    Percy M.
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    "I would recommend this place to anyone with kids! They are the best. Thank you River Oaks staff for taking great care of my little one and alleviating my anxiety."

    Christina S.
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    "Definitely the best ER in town. I was here for severe abdominal pain. They saw me within 5 minutes of me signing in."

    Adrianna C.
  • Yelp

    "I visited River Oaks Emergency Center in the middle of the night for medical assistance. The doctor and nurse on duty saw me immediately."

    Kevin N.
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    "I'll go back to this place because they care. Thanks folks for taking care of me when I came by."

    David C.
River Oaks Emergency Room
2320 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77019
Phone: 713-714-3767
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River Oaks Emergency Room
2320 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77019