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Weird horrid (non painful) throbbing in head and feel awful, advice please?

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Feel like I haven't been out of the health section this week but I need some advice.

Since late afternoon yesterday I have had a horrid weird throbbing in the front left side of my head, it's not painful but it still horrible enough to mean I can't really do anything.

I also started seeing things last night, mainly shadows and for a second thinking I had seen something I was looking at move, I know it couldn't have though and also feeling a bit like the room was closing in on me, a bit like being very very drunk or if you have taken lots of very strong painkillers. I feel really dizzy too and have been sick a few times.

Is this just a virus? DS has had a virus for the past 2 weeks but no one else has caught it.

Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to manage it or make it go away?

I'm 23+1.

fridayfreedom Sat 30-Mar-13 18:44:28

If I were you I would call your midwife or the ooh number they give you for some advice. May be a virus but you should chechk

I will phone the MW, do you think it will be okay to phone her as it's a holiday weekend and I'm with the homebirth team?

Tried to phone the MW and it's going to voicemail. confused

weblette Sat 30-Mar-13 18:59:04

Can you ring the midwife unit/hospital you're attached to?

It's something you should get checked out, particularly the visual disturbance. Probably nothing but always worth a medical opinion.

They're also going to voicemail! It's also at the other end of the city, about 10 miles away and we don't drive...

Shite.

Will keep phoning.

Sheshelob Sat 30-Mar-13 19:00:37

Call the hospital midwives your homebirth team is connected to. You should get it checked out and your MW would most probably recommend you go to hospital anyway.

Hope everything is ok.

Sheshelob Sat 30-Mar-13 19:01:23

Taxi. Is worth it for the piece of mind.

Trying to phone them now.

I'm sure it will be fine and just a virus, it just feels horrid and I don't know anything to ease it.

Rhubarb78 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:06:58

hi, can you get to a walk in centre? they can check you over, do a bp, urine etc and then refer you on if needs be

Sheshelob Sat 30-Mar-13 19:07:19

Exactly. Feel for you. Being pregnant is hard enough without a virus!

Take care.

Rhubarb Yes, I could get to OOH if I need to.

Thanks She I've actually been pretty okay this pregnancy, think I jinxed myself by saying I've been sailing through it!

MA is still engaged, as is MW.

Starting to worry a bit about what the hell I'm going to do when I'm in labour! hmm

weblette Sat 30-Mar-13 19:12:14

Oh I learned the hard way what to do in labour - call 999! Ds2 was delivered by paramedics.. hmm grin

TreeLuLa Sat 30-Mar-13 19:12:48

When did you lst have your blood pressure tested?

I would suggest NHS direct and OOH if you can't get through to the midwife.

If you can't do any of these, then A and E.

It's early for pre-eclampsia, but your symptoms sound like high blood pressure. Have you got any swelling, e.g. of your feet and hands?

pinkbear82 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:17:03

I ended up phoning the actual Labour ward the other day when I couldn't get hold of anyone else.... they were lovely and helpful.

Yikes Weblette, don't say that! <worried>

This also isn't the first time I haven't been able to get through to the MW.

Tree I'm not sure, my last antenatal appointment was around 15+4 I think and have had BP taken once since then at a GP appointment but it was no more than 2 weeks later I don't think. My brain is mush though right now so I may be wrong.

I was actually admitted for suspected PE at exactly this point last pg, my BP went back down enough though and the +++ of protein disapeared so I was discharged. Thinking about it, I had a urine test last week with suspected UTI, I did have trace protein and also had bilirubin but it didn't grow anything in the lab even though there was white blood cells.

Okay, will see if I can get through to them again.

I don't have any noticeable swelling.

Pink I may end up trying that...

MA have answered!

I've to drink a pint of water, take some painkillers and lie in a dark room for a couple of hours and phone them back.

I can't go do that until DP gets in though, he shouldn't be long though. Thanks everyone. smile

pinkbear82 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:27:26

good! hope you get sorted and all is ok x

Rhubarb78 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:28:30

Good luck op, I agree with the others, you do need your bp checking as pe needs to be ruled out. It is unlikely but it can happen that early

weblette Sun 31-Mar-13 10:36:30

How are you feeling today?

Like complete shit. sad

However, my Uncle and SIL have phoned up saying they feel the same and both have said it feels like a blood pressure problem.

It's obviously a horrible bug but I don't know how to manage it well, have been taking Aspirin and anti-emetics but it's not much help.

God, there's so many bugs going around just now. sad

pinkbear82 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:18:55

You are going to get checked tho aren't you? What might just be viral for others could tip you over when you are already not 100%.

Even just a blood pressure check from some one qualified so you know you are ok - might actually reduce some of the worry and help you relax and get over what ever it is.

Don't struggle, you won't thank yourself later on and neither will bubs.

Pink No, Maternity Assesment told me just to take painkillers and drink water, they didn't want to see me. confused

We're about to jump to Asda and buy a BP monitor though and get a check there, I was admitted for suspected PE this time with DS so I want to be carefull as I have cardio problems already and funny liver test results.

pinkbear82 Sun 31-Mar-13 13:52:37

Don't blame you for keeping an eye on it. Very sensible.

Take it easy.

I will thanks, my BIL and SIL are taking DS for a couple of days to give us a rest and so they can see him. That will be a massive help.

I am miles away from the maternity hospital so I think I should monitor it myself, just in case.

Thanks again.

the reason they've told you to that is to rule out a headache from dehydration. remember you need more fluids when you're pg.

that is your self-monitoring. if it doesn't go away, you must ring back.

I know, I have been drinking dioralyte since last night and it hasn't made a difference, I feel worse tbh.

I'm going up here to get my BP checked, if it's at all high I will ring right back or go to OOH.

Fluids with me aren't a problem, I drink a few litres a day already.

why have youbeen drinking dirolyte?
you onlu need to drink that if you've had d&v confused

Because I've been throwing up constantly for days. I thought it might help.

ah I see.

It didn't anyway but I thought it couldn't do any harm to try it.

I have lovely ferrero bunnies here and I can't bloody eat them. angry

it's probably too strong that's all.

are you able to rest yet?

I'm just sitting on the couch and haven't really moved in quite a while. Tried lying in a dark room last night and this morning but it made no difference.

DP is dealing with DS when he's up.

right. well give it an hour or so.
and eat something (not the choccolate cos of the caffeine)
maybe something iron rich smile

Haha, but the chocolate is so tempting. wink I couldn't manage it if I tried.

I had a small sausage and a potato scone, feel crap for it but sure it will do my stomach wonders.

We're about to go to Asda to get this BP done, just in case. Then will come back and retreat to bed with sky movies disney and a can of orange san pellegrino. grin

Bumping thread again as I am really not coping with this at all.

It's getting so much worse and I have been getting some painful headaches as well, the dizzyness is a lot worse than the pain now.

I seen MA the other night for something else but BP wasn't high 105/64, heartrate was 104ish.

They had said the throbbing had probably been viral but it isn't budging and I can't even walk to the fridge or bathroom without feeling and thinking that I am going to faint, it's reasonably okay if I just don't move or get up.

Any tips on coping with the dizzyness as I have an 18mo that needs looking after?

Keepsmilingsunshine Tue 02-Apr-13 19:45:48

Could it be labrynthitis? I had this a few years ago and the constant dizziness was horrendous, couldn't do anything but sit still. Call the MA again or head to your local OOH centre if you're feeling worse.

A few people have said that. I'm making an appointment to see the GP in the morning, I had to get MIL to take DS as I'm struggling to even get to the bathroom because of it now, I feel stuck to the bloody uncomfy sofa.

DP is being lovely and rushing around doing stuff for me, so I must look a bloody wreck!

* UPDATE * I went to GP today and have something called BPPV, it seems to be a bit like labyrinthitis only with a different cause, I also have slightly low blood pressure that drops when I stand up.

Thank you again!

Keepsmilingsunshine Wed 03-Apr-13 16:07:52

Glad you got to the bottom of it. Hope you feel better soon.

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