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hollowtree Sat 17-Feb-18 20:23:35

My first AIBU so go a little easy- also feeling extremely sorry for myself!

For about 2 weeks I've been having chronic headaches (think can't drive/lights hurt) which I put down to sleep deprivation. On my worst days I used the codiene I was given after my EMCS! Naughty I know but when you have a small baby and no time for the bloody doctors you'll do anything.

Last few days been feeling a bit fluey- temperature, fatigue, aches and pains along with the usual cough/sore throat/stuffy nose.

Then, last night around 2am I woke up with this excruciating pain in my ear along with (what sounded to me like) a firework display in my head! Followed by fluid leaking out from my ear all over my pillow.

So I thought- happy days: must have been an ear infection/abscess which had sorted itself out and explains the headaches and temperature.

But the pain is getting worse. And I'm feeling so dizzy and just so so shit. My head is banging, my neck is aching and my body feels like it's giving up on me.

I sort of want to see if I need fixing, and getting through today has been a struggle let alone waiting all of tomorrow for an appointment on Monday 😓 WIBU to call 111 and ask if I should be worried or if I need to go to A&E?

I read a thread on here recently about wasting NHS resources and now feeling guilty blush please tel me WWYD

MrsPussinBoots Sat 17-Feb-18 20:25:20

Phone 111. Definitely better than waiting until Monday and they may find a minor injuries unit that can see you quicker than a&e. Good luck.

Rubyslippers7780 Sat 17-Feb-18 20:25:54

Phone 111

celeryeater Sat 17-Feb-18 20:25:57

No harm in giving 111 a call. Its what it's for. Hope you get sorted!

TheNecroscope Sat 17-Feb-18 20:26:30

Sounds like an ear infection for sure, my DS used to suffer terribly with them. Unfortunately it's not really a case for a&e, do you have an out of hours Doctor you can see?

Triliteration Sat 17-Feb-18 20:27:10

Dizzy with headache, neck pain and known infection. I’d want to see a doctor as soon as possible. Sepsis is a possibility.

hollowtree Sat 17-Feb-18 20:27:50

Wow some super quick readers here on MN! Thank you so much I think I just needed some reassurance I wasn't being a whinge.

Phoning them now, thank you xx

Quartz2208 Sat 17-Feb-18 20:28:21

Ring 111 (or does your practice run a weekend surgery lots of ours in the area have joined together to run a weekend practice

10storeylovesong Sat 17-Feb-18 20:28:48

My friend felt ill like this last week. She kept putting off going to A&E. Turns out she had meningitis.

GrockleBocs Sat 17-Feb-18 20:29:29

Definitely give 111 a ring tonight. That sounds a bit odd to non medical me. It sounds like someone should take a look at you tonight.

hollowtree Sat 17-Feb-18 20:29:31

TheNecroscope yes so did I they were horrible! But the pain subsided when they burst... which is what's freaking me out. It's been 18 hours now and symptoms much much worse 😭

Hermanfromguesswho Sat 17-Feb-18 20:29:55

Definitely call 111. I hope you get seen and sorted very soon!

angelnix Sat 17-Feb-18 20:30:16

With all due respect, you have been unwell for a number of days and not sought appropriate medical care. It is neither an accident or emergency, you need to contact 111 or your out of hours GP and get an appointment for this evening.

PeonyTruffle Sat 17-Feb-18 20:31:37

Agree with everyone else, hope you feel better soon and get it sorted

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 17-Feb-18 20:31:38

111 should direct you to the appropriate resource.

Rainbowsandflowers78 Sat 17-Feb-18 20:32:23

I’d go to a and e
Hope you are ok

Rainbowsandflowers78 Sat 17-Feb-18 20:33:12

I would suspect meningitis actually

Sisterj Sat 17-Feb-18 20:33:17

111.
As above, it's not an emergency because you've been unwell for days. Plus, without meaning to sound harsh, you're posting on the internet.
I hope you feel better soon. X

HereWeGoAgain456 Sat 17-Feb-18 20:35:02

Burst ear drum? I'd go to A&E or ring 111 and get an OOH appt flowers

Frombothsidesnow Sat 17-Feb-18 20:35:11

I'm glad you're calling 111, OP.

I am so fucking fed up of these threads with people posting 'it's not an emergency'. How do you know? How would you feel if a poster was guilt tripped into not seeking medical attention and died in the night of sepsis?

Medical conditions can go from non-threatening to life-threatening very quickly and I doubt there's a medical professional in the country who begrudges someone feeling terrible and scared seeking out of hours medical help.

Frombothsidesnow Sat 17-Feb-18 20:37:32

SisterJ, there's a thread on here right now started by a poster who not only ended up admitted to hospital but who has almost died several times in the last few weeks. She has been posting throughout, from her HDU bed at times. Posting on the internet is not a clinical indicator of wellness.

ScarlettDarling Sat 17-Feb-18 20:38:10

It sounds awful op and as none of us can diagnose you over the Internet, and as some of your symptoms could be indicative of something serious, I think you'd be foolish not to seek medical advice immediately.

Please ring 111 and they will advise you further flowers

hollowtree Sat 17-Feb-18 20:38:28

I know angelnix But I thought it was just a headache becase of how tired I am! I have a 5mo DD and not sleeping very well.

Sisterj Yes being able to write a post is a good sign isn't it?

When I feel really rubbish and tired it is so, so hard to tell if I am being a wimp or not!

AlexaAmbidextra Sat 17-Feb-18 20:39:30

In this case I think you should get medical attention this evening. I'm not an advocate of going to A&E unnecessarily but I think your condition warrants it. To those saying you've been ill for some days so not an emergency, remember CatThiefKeith anyone?

hollowtree Sat 17-Feb-18 20:39:48

Oh fromboth That's a very good point

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