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Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:07:32

Apologies for the dramatic title but I'm really feeling awful and would appreciate any advice.

I began getting a headache on Saturday. It got steadily worse and was absolutely awful by Monday so I started taking paracetamol which I hardly ever resort to. It made no difference. It was excruciating to bend down, cough, climb or go downstairs. My brain feels swollen and throbbing and like I'm being smashed over the head with a hammer. It was so severe by Wednesday that the DC were late for school because I was struggling so much to even move around. I got an emergency GP appointment and was referred to hospital, particularly as I'm pregnant.

My blood pressure was fine and I had an MRI scan which came back clear. They checked my eyes but there was nothing wrong there so I came home. Since then, the pain is absolutely terrible as soon as I wake. I take paracetamol immediately but still can barely move around for an hour because it's so painful. It remains excruciating until after lunch time then calms down a bit and I can function again.

Today I've also started getting cramp in one of my calf muscles but I don't feel sick or dizzy or anything so I really don't know what it could be. I'm reluctant to go back to the doctors/hospital as they seem clueless too and it's more comfortable being in pain at home with DH not having to take time off work.

There was talk of a lumbar puncture if it continues but I don't see what that will establish. I feel okay right now but I'm dreading the morning because I know I will be in tears and in agony. Has anyone had anything similar or have any idea what could be wrong? I'm not usually bothered by pain (I managed childbirth drug free several times!) but this is appallingly bad.

FellOutOfBed2wice Mon 15-May-17 00:14:32

Sounds like my migraines which got worse in pregnancy but it's tricky because they can't give you much. Did your GP suggest that?

diodati Mon 15-May-17 00:15:22

I think you should get back to the hospital immediately. I don't want to frighten you but being in this much pain indicates that something is wrong.

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:16:11

I've never had headaches or migraines before though, and I'm not offended by lights or noise which I thought was typical of migraines?

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:17:08

Google says brain aneurysm diodati but the MRI was clear.

gleam Mon 15-May-17 00:20:50


What difference is there in your life from morning till after lunch, when it calms down a bit?

SiouxieQ Mon 15-May-17 00:21:09

It could be a virus, I had it as a child and couldnt lift my head from my pillow for almost a week, it was so painful, thumped like a jackhammer every time I moved.
There's also something called cluster headaches which I've heard can be very debilitating. As you're pregnant I wouldn't take any chances though, give 111 a call and explain as you have here.

lizzieoak Mon 15-May-17 00:21:22

I'm sorry you're feeling so terrible.

If it is migraine, then magnesium helps. Not magnesium w calcium though! I take magnesium glycinate and a B complex and coenzymeQ10 daily (all as advised by my neurologist).

If you have someone who could at least get you magnesium this can help. If it's not migraine, magnesium will cause no harm. Muscle cramps can come from magnesium deficiency, as can migraines. My life is vastly improved from not being horribly ill much of the time. I still get migraines, but the pain is turned way down so I can either ignore it or take a triptan.

brasty Mon 15-May-17 00:22:30

It could be a cluster headache.

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:22:58

I presume just the paracetamol kicking in gleam. The doctor said something was up in my bloods so could be a virus or infection somewhere but they didn't know what or where.

Notmyrealname85 Mon 15-May-17 00:25:18

Go to the hospital please! Don't risk more time of feeling like this by trying remedies at home

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:25:18

I don't have any pain around my eyes or anything for it to be a cluster headache. It's the back, top and sides.

diodati Mon 15-May-17 00:27:56

It sounds like an infection. I'm not qualified to diagnose but possibly meningitis?

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:28:23

I will call 111 if it's as bad in the morning but no doubt they'll just advise hospital, who don't know what is wrong.

Bunnyfuller Mon 15-May-17 00:28:46

How far along are you, op?

Note3 Mon 15-May-17 00:28:56

Could be viral, migraine or something more sinister. By that I mean have you been checked for pre-eclampsia? Also for HELLP as you're pregnant?

Bunnyfuller Mon 15-May-17 00:30:14

Thinking same, Note my first symptom was crashing headaches.

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:30:26

The lumbar puncture would be to rule out meningitis but the only symptom I gave of it is the headache. My blood pressure is fine, so it isn't pre eclampsia. I'm 22 weeks.

MakeItStopNeville Mon 15-May-17 00:31:24

You need to go see a Doctor. Nobody on MN is going to be able to tell you what's wrong, particularly if you're in the U.K and it's after midnight. You're responsible for your own health, so if you're worried, go see someone who can help. Good luck!

Bunnyfuller Mon 15-May-17 00:32:30

My bps were never the v high ones, but my body was naturally very low so they were high for me iykwim. 22w is very early for pre eclampsia tho.

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:32:58

I hadn't heard of HELLP. Just Googled it but I only have the headache, no nausea or dizziness or bleeding. Normal blood pressure and urine.

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:34:12

I have DC in bed and I'm alone Neville so I can't go anywhere. I'm not in pain very much now but know I will be in the morning.

Bunnyfuller Mon 15-May-17 00:35:13

No protein in wee is good. My blood pressures were labile so basically all over the place. Guess it could be migraine from the extra blood volume? Definitely keep badgering the GP.

Jedimum1 Mon 15-May-17 00:36:27

I'd go to A&E and get tested. I suffer from migraines and only triptans help (and if!), but they start always behind one eye, I can feel like a congestion coming to my nose, blurry vision, one-sided weakness and then sickness. Not too fused about lights or noise beyond what I would be with flu or fever. If painkillers are not helping, and considering you are pregnant, just go to the hospital and get yourself fully checked

Alibubba Mon 15-May-17 00:37:01

Can it be migraine without nausea and dizziness and without being sensitive to light or noise?

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