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In tears as want to cart myself off to a&e

(35 Posts)
justgirl Tue 24-Dec-13 21:04:03

I'm in so much pain :-( I've been suffering with severe headaches for the last week or two today however it has reach a whole new level. I am in hysterical tears and am unable to finish wrapping the kids presents and sorting the house. I don't know what to do :-(

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 24-Dec-13 21:06:41

Can you ring out of hours or 111? Do you suffer from migraines? Can anyone come over and help out?

MiniTheMinx Tue 24-Dec-13 21:06:56

Silly questions probably, are you taking pain killers? How is you sight? Do you feel sick? How is your neck?

CMOTDibbler Tue 24-Dec-13 21:08:25

Have you taken ibuprofen and paracetamol? Is the headache any better when you lie down in a dark room or is it there in the morning?

Right now, I'd go to bed with an ice pack or hot water bottle depending on what feels best and leave wrapping and tidying to any other adult and see how that goes.

NothingTraLaLa Tue 24-Dec-13 21:09:14

Is there someone else there to look after the kids? If so, it might be worth going to A&E. This happened to me and turned out to be meningitis (though mine was the less serious viral type). I did have to stay in hospital though, which is not ideal. Have you tried NHS Direct?

tribpot Tue 24-Dec-13 21:09:52

Your health takes priority. Frankly the house is irrelevant and the kids are unlikely to be overly concerned that the presents aren't wrapped.

Are you in sole charge of the kids?

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 22:00:30

The tears are going to be the worst thing for your head - if you have a migraine you'll add a tension headache to it.

Firstly, I take it you have no symptoms of meningitis, and don't feel as if you've been hit with a hammer on the back of your head (classic sign for subarrachnoid haemorrhage)?

Have you taken paracetamol and ibuprofen, ideally washed down with a cup of strong coffee or a glass of coke?

Have you eaten recently - blood sugar is important.

If you haven't taken ibuprofen, then an A&E Consultant told me research is showing that 900mg of aspirin (as long as you aren't asthmatic, or allergic) washed down with a glass of coke is as effective as some triptans.

lisad123everybodydancenow Tue 24-Dec-13 22:03:38

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LittleNoona Tue 24-Dec-13 22:06:17

I was going to suggest viral meningitis.

Please call 111

lisad123everybodydancenow Tue 24-Dec-13 22:14:26

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notapizzaeater Tue 24-Dec-13 22:57:00

Please get it checked out, if its painful enough for tears it's not normal.

QODRestYeMerryGentlemen Tue 24-Dec-13 22:58:50

It's been 2 hrs, you ok?

justgirl Tue 24-Dec-13 22:59:15

I've been dosing myself up with pain killers...even co-codamol isn't helping....a friend said it sounded likely was being caused by sinuses...tried sudofed....nada. It does feel slightly better laying down but it's just horrendous. I have ever suffered migraines that I know of. Light hurts my eyes...I'm starting to feel sick now too. I'm shaky and cold one minute then boiling hot the rest. :-( here have been a few bouts f meningitis locally of late....is it contagious?

Could it really be meningitis? The other half is here but we've had a Barney :-( so no help from him but he is here for the children. Would meningitis not have a rash? Thank you for all of your replies. I was going to try and sleep.....but do you think NHS direct would be better? Feel like a twat calling only to be told it's just a bad headache!

justgirl Tue 24-Dec-13 23:01:11

I've just googled (give me strength!) and my little girl does suffer with this weird virus (long term) that is supposedly part of the herpes virus which I understand is linked?

GobbySadcase Tue 24-Dec-13 23:04:29

I've head of a couple of cases of viral meningitis recently, one a mnetter.

Might be worth getting checked out.

lougle Tue 24-Dec-13 23:04:50

If it is a migraine then A&E will be able to medicate you. When I went once (I was really quite ill, collapsing with it) they gave me IV aspirin. Marvellous stuff. Another time I went and they gave me sumatriptan injection.

If you are at the point that you would let them do anything to get rid of it, then it's probably bad enough, tbh.

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 24-Dec-13 23:06:48

Ring nhs direct, from what you are describing they certainly won't dismiss it as a normal headache. Better to try and sort it tonight, than tomorrow morning.

Try and get him to put the barney aside for now, this is more important.

SoonToBeSix Tue 24-Dec-13 23:07:11

Please call 111 or go to a and e you really need specialist advise.

onlysettleforbutterflies Tue 24-Dec-13 23:08:21

Oh and no you don't always get a rash with meningitis.

justgirl Tue 24-Dec-13 23:18:45

Thanks all. I phoned NHS direct. She has referred me to out of hours gp but I have no idea how long that will take. Does that mean they will call me do you think?

PrincessPeashooter Tue 24-Dec-13 23:31:54

I think calling them was the right idea, is the pain focused on one side or through your whole head?

JanetAndRoy Tue 24-Dec-13 23:37:51

Any news from NHS Direct? I hope you get seen & some relief soon xx

craftysewer Tue 24-Dec-13 23:50:44

The Out of Hours GP will ring you to assess your situation. Sometimes this can take a while as they will also be seeing people in the clinic or may be out on a visit (It will depend on how many doctors work at the clinic).. In our area it is only one doctor after 10pm.

JumpingJackSprat Tue 24-Dec-13 23:55:51

It could be something really serious. Our it could be nothing. Get to a and e never mind faffing with out of hours doctors. That pain is not a normal headache.

BelleOfTheBorstal Tue 24-Dec-13 23:58:41

Are there any walk in clinics that you might be able to get to?
With what you describe, I wouldn't be waiting.

Iworrymyselftosleep Wed 25-Dec-13 00:03:25

I had a blinding headache (migraine) once to the point I was sobbing with pain. Big row with nhs direct as I was crying (lady was very cross I wouldn't pull myself together. I honestly couldn't). Anyway went to A&E and was put in a nice quiet dark room, and given drugs every half hour til I felt better. I couldn't stand up properly after having so much pain relief so my mum had to half carry me to the car.

Please go to A&E. honestly. You need some proper attention. It may be serious, it may be a migraine. Out of hours doctor can't tell over the phone. But when you're that sick with a headache that you're crying even though you know it'll make it worse, you need some proper help.

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 25-Dec-13 01:17:36

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differentnameforthis Wed 25-Dec-13 02:16:27

My god daughter has had similar symptoms. She has viral meningitis.

differentnameforthis Wed 25-Dec-13 02:18:11

here have been a few bouts f meningitis locally of late....is it contagious?

yes, but also the bacteria that causes can lie dormant in one person, but passed to another via a cough, or sneeze.

ThistletoeAndWine Wed 25-Dec-13 02:36:11

Are you ok op?

LittleNoona Wed 25-Dec-13 17:20:41

Just checking in to see how op is - hope lack of updates means you're much better and enjoying Christmas Day smile

justgirl Thu 26-Dec-13 00:00:48

Hello ladies....thank you so much for all of your advice and concern. I got to sleep in the end last night then got woken by the call out out of hours gp. He recommended I go to hospital but my local on had closed (?!?) so I would have had to go to whipps cross which is a bit of a trek for me and I didn't have the heart to drag the kids out with me so I said if try sleeping it off, pain was worse this morning and I couldn't even get up to go to the bathroom and then started vomiting - went to hosp at 9am and was told "hmm yeah...looks like a viral infection....take paracetamol and ibroprofen" well ta very much - like I hadn't tried that!! All of our local surgeries have form for going straight to the "viral" answer. However I'm starting to wonder if it was perhaps a bug as I have actually felt a lot better as the day goes on, still a bit rough, but a world away from where I was this morning - what a relief!!!! Thank you all so much again x

Iworrymyselftosleep Thu 26-Dec-13 01:48:54

Glad you're feeling better, was a little worried there.

MiniTheMinxLovesMinxPies Thu 26-Dec-13 11:15:46

Glad your feeling a bit better. If the headache gets worse again and you start vomiting I would go back to A&E, it can be signs of something other than viral infection. Wishing you well OP

AphraBane Thu 26-Dec-13 11:38:10

Hi justgirl, I'm a bit hesitant to mention this, but please promise me you won't worry about it too much. I'd like to back up what mimi said about going back to A+E if you vomit again immediately upon waking up. That, in combination with terrible headaches, would be a warning signal for neurologists to think about doing further investigations.

We're not in the UK (in a country with a higher per capita spending on healthcare, so doctors are not affected by financial constraints) and last summer DD1 was being investigated for bad chronic headaches, in combination with some vomiting in the evening. We were debating with the doctors whether to go ahead with a head CT or not (in terms of possible side effects) and ultimately decided against it, but the doctors took me to one side and muttered that if she ever vomited on an empty stomach in the morning, to take her straight in without hesitation and get the CT done. As it happens, the headaches were probably due to teenage stress and she's been a bit better since.

It's good that you're feeling better now, but please keep an eye on things and insist on being seen by a neurologist if your symptoms continue.

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