Migraines are a type of headache that tend to cause other symptoms, too, such as nausea and vision problems. They can last for a few hours to a few days. But a migraine that lasts for more than 72 hours is called status migrainosus. To treat it, you may need to go to the hospital to get help relieving the pain and dehydration from vomiting.
A typical migraine can sometimes turn into status migrainosus if:
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Many people from time to time feel quick jabs or jolts of severe pain around one of their eyes or at their temple. They usually last only a few seconds.
They might happen in the same spot over and over again. Or, you could feel them in different places each time, such as on one temple and then the other. They can crop up at any...
A common medicine for halting status migrainosus is dihydroergotamine (DHE-45, Migranal). You can take it as a nasal spray or through a shot. Another drug, sumatriptan, comes as a shot, nasal spray, pill, or skin patch.
People with blood vessel problems should avoid these drugs, though.
If you get migraines often, you may want to take medicines to prevent them. The drugs may not completely keep your headaches away, but they may help you have fewer attacks that can turn into status migrainosus.