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Old 04-11-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if this is the place, but I'll try.

I've been getting extremely severe headaches lately, that also have nausea, and a lot of weakness. My vision also keeps blurring in and out, it will be horrible for a couple days, then decent, and then even worst. I went to student health, and they just gave be pain killers that do nothing, they have said sinus infection, and migranes. I've also apparently been having memory lapses lately, and people say I'll just stare for like five or six minutes at a time. I don't notice it until they say something later. i'm kind of concerned. Do these sound like migranes, silent seizures, or what?

I'm going to be able to go to a real doctor in June, but until then, any suggestions or experience in getting rid of these headaches? I've had this one for two days.
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I am not a doctor, but I did a lot of internet research on some different headache related problems I had. I was worried that a tingling sensation I was having in my scalp right before I experienced dizziness, was some sort of seizure.

When I was looking at all the different seizure symptoms, almost all of them listed some sort of "staring into space" or being "out of it" for a few minutes at a time.

I would try to get yourself to a specialist (neurologist) - not sure who will refer you or what your cost may be, but it does sound like something serious that should get checked out.

I've also read those things can go misdiagnosed for years.

Check out: http://www.epilepsy.com/101/ep101_symptom.html
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Don't wait! See a doctor right away. Not to worry you, but that sounds very serious. Hugs and prayers...
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I recommend that you not only see a doctor right away but that you do your own research and look for second and even third opinions.

Almost 15 years ago I started getting severe...I mean severe headaches/earaches/nausea. My doctor diagnosed them as "a little water" stuck in my ear canal and brushed it off. I accepted it and suffered.. and suffered.

Several years later.. I don't know how many but too many YEARS later my new doctor really looked into it. The agonizing pain was from cluster headaches. If you are experiencing anything like this you must seek professional treatment. You don't have to suffer in pain as I did.

You need to begin by being aware of everything that happens to you when these headaches arrive. What you eat, what is happening in your life, how much you drink, how much exercise you get, what you weigh.

I still suffer from them.. but I know what to do to attempt to abort the headaches, how to treat the pain as best as I can, or how to prevent them in the first place. Everyone is different though there are many common triggers. You don't have to suffer.

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BTW, what if anything are you taking for the pain now while waiting for your doctor's appointment?
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Well, I've had migraines and sinus infections.

Your problems don't sound connected to these at all.

Migraines can cause visual disturbances, but more like auras around objects, sparkles or stars floating in your vision, or a weird kind of tunnel vision.

Migraines can cause nausea for sure. Weakness... I've felt too nauseated to get out of bed, but I don't think I got muscle weakness per se.

Sinus infections - excuse the gross-out, but you may get green mucus in your tissues... if you press on your sinuses, they ache... even your teeth can ache if they get bad enough. If you bend over, your head will hurt more (more pressure on the bones of your face.)

I would not mess around with waiting until June if at all possible. I would see a "real doctor" ASAP.

It sounds like your optic nerve is being affected. Not good. Could be lots of things. Things I would not, if it was me, wait for the dense student clinic to diagnose for me.

Did you have any accidents recently? Like concussions? I figured you would have said but just in case... My sister passed out and hit her head once so hard (on the edge of a frigging sink) she forgot 4 years of French, her phone number, and how to use a soda machine. The French never came back. That was the least of her problems for a while though! Interesting side effect: whenever she eats Mexican chocolate now, her eye's pupil on the side she hit dilates all the way. Looks mighty weird on a girl with pale blue eyes

Anyway... Head stuff like that calls for serious medical training, not staff used to dealing with handing out condoms and sewing up cuts. Where is your June appointment? Not on campus?

The memory lapses IN PARTICULAR are very alarming. This is definitely NOT from a migraine or a sinus infection. Your brain is being affected, not your blood vessels, not your sinuses.

So... my advice, speed up getting to a neurologist if you can. REALLY.

As for the headaches, unless you know the cause, it will be hard to stop them.

With sinus infections and migraines, I'd recommend some stuff but I don't think you have those.

Can't hurt though

Migraines:
-Prescription Imitrex, the kind you spray up your nose, not the pill. Spray works much faster.
-Cold packs on your forehead
-Liquid Advil and lots of it, if you don't get the Imitrex. Don't drink with the Advil though, puts too much strain on the liver. I take 4 at the first sign of a migraine and immediately go to bed, usually will stop it from getting any worse. Careful not to exceed daily limit on the Advil bottle though.
-Sleep in a dark silent room
-Avoid triggers like bad perfumes, bright lights, pollution, chemical fumes if possible

Sinus infections:
-Antibiotics can help, but it's tough to kill the infections in sinuses because they can get compacted (ugh)
-Drink lots and lots of fluids to help flush out the stuffiness
-Breathing in steam can help, though not too hot, you don't want to burn the inside of your nose
-Decongestants ok as a temp fix, but can overdry your sinuses and make it worse if taken too much
-Lots of Vitamin C, like 3,000 mg, up to 6,000 gradually, if you can take it. Water soluble vitamin so gets flushed daily, but if you take too much, it will force flush your system, ie diarrhea Start small and build up, 1,000 one day, 2,000 the next, etc.
-Cut back on dairy. It really does build up mucus.

GOOD LUCK! And get to that real doc SOON!

Keep us updated... and I hope you feel better soon.
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And while your at it check your blood pressure.
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Yeah would be a good idea to see a Doctor now!
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Migraines run in my family, and I once had a vascular headache which the doctors say is worse than a migraine. But never once have these headaches caused anyone to "space out". They have the general nauseousness, dizziness, headache (of course), and you get blurried vision and feel week (from all the vomitting). But they do not cause you to space out.

These symptoms don't even sound remotely connected to a sinus headache.

Like everyone says get to the doctor now. If you wait until June, you doctor may no longer have a patient to see.
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Thank you very much for all of your replies. That's what I figured. Was just kinda hoping someone would have some experience with this same thing so I would know where to start. They just prescribed me prescription strength naproxium sodium. I have a call in to my doctor at home for a referal to a doctor up here, because I took a fall today walking home from my morning classes, didn't trip or anything, just sorta collapsed. I called a friend and she drove me home.
I've had two concussions, but they were when I was 8 and 13, bike accident when thank god i wore a helmet, and 13 when i got thrown from a horse).

Thank you for all of your input!
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Good luck with everything - keep us updated. I'm curious as to what they find out!
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I just got back from the ER after being told to go when I finally talked to my doc back home. They think that i have water on the brain, or whatever and are going to run some tests tomorrow and put in a shunt if they need to. My friend is driving me home tomorrow around noon so I can get it done there and have my mommy (hehe) take care of me for however long it needs to happen. I figure it isn ont good but if it was too horrible i wouldn't be told i was fine to be alone in the apt and travel tomorrow. From what i read this usually occurs in infants but can go undetected in adults. We'll see. I'm a bit scared but mostly tired. stressed about school, i'm afraid i'll have to take incompletes. we'll see. i really don't have too many details right now.

thank you for all of your answers, they are much appriciated!
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Good luck. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know how everything turns out.
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I'm so glad you went to the ER... Keeping you in my prayers...
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I'm glad you went to see a doctor. Prayers are with you.
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