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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been having headaches for the last two weeks, i saw my gp who looking into my eyes, she said she couldnt see the back of my left eye properly and so is sending me for an emergency appointment with an opthalmic specialist.........I,m very worried i might have a brain tumour
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query
Doctor :   What is your age?
User :   20
User :   female
Doctor :   GP's are not usually trained to look at the retina ( back of eye) hence she is sending to the eye specialist and not that you may be having a tumor
User :   she said she could see the right one ok but not the left
Doctor :   Do you have vomitings along with headaches?
User :   no a slight feeling of nausea but no vommitting
Doctor :   Did you fall off being dizzy?
User :   no
User :   the headache has been constant for two weeks, paracetamol doesnt help
Doctor :   Do you have problem with vision?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have problem of hearing?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have problem walking
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have a problem of smell?
User :   no
Doctor :   If one has a tumor, they have headaches along with irrevocable vomitings, and one of the above symptoms I asked above
Doctor :   So it is ruled out that you do not have brain tumor
User :   what could it be behind my eye
Doctor :   Just that the GP was not able to look at the back of eye, should not make you panic
User :   if i have a problem behind my eye could it cause the headaches
Doctor :   To be honest, it is not a general practice for the GP's to look into the eye with a ophthalmoscope
Doctor :   so you may not draw conclusions about their findings
User :   i am very very worried that i have something serious wrong
Doctor :   I do not think it is something very worrisome
Doctor :   Sometime normal pain killers woould not help
Doctor :   like paracetmol
Doctor :   during headaches
User :   gp has precribed codeine based painkiller but that doesnt help either
User :   i think what has worried me most is that she wants me to have an emergency appointment with the opthalimic specialist and hasnt waited for a routine appointment
Doctor :   Ok, migrainous headaches may not get better with codeine too
Doctor :   I still wonder why she was insisting on emergency appointment when you do not show great symptoms
Doctor :   What is the severity of headache on a scale of 1 to 10?
User :   about 7
Doctor :   That is Ok
Doctor :   without vomitings, and no other sensory symptoms
User :   it does get better during the day but doesnt go
Doctor :   I would not relate it to brain tumor
Doctor :   Migrainous headaches can have such symptom
User :   ok thank you
Doctor :   These kind of episodes shall last a month and later subside on their own, till then you should rely on traditional pain killers
Doctor :   Do you have any more queries
User :   no thank you
Doctor :   Hope I minimized your anxiety
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
User :   yes you did
Doctor :   Bye for now
User :   bye
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