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Birth control pills, frequent headaches, mammography, pap smear tests - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have had quite a lot of headache
Doctor :   I am a male General Physician. I believe I can help you with your queries.
Doctor :   Ok
User :   are you there?
User :   do you think it could be related to birth control pills?
Doctor :   Yes.
Doctor :   Please continue.
User :   and my other question is if you recommend health checkup for a female in my age?
User :   22
Doctor :   Yes, birth control pills could trigger episodes of headache.
Doctor :   May I know your age?
Doctor :   2 tests are very essential among young women.
Doctor :   They include
User :   so you recommend this in my age?
Doctor :   1. Regular Mammography to look for breast masses
Doctor :   2. Annual pap smear tests.
Doctor :   These are screening tests that are usually advised in young females and I advice the same.
User :   do you as a general physician perform these exams? or is it only performend by gynecologists?
Doctor :   if you been examining your breast every day, then you can avoid the mammography tests.
User :   i understand
Doctor :   Mammography is performed by a radiologist and Pap smear is done by gynecologist.
User :   what do you think about my headache, how should you handle it?
User :   yes sure
User :   it has become more frequent last 6-8 months
Doctor :   May I know few details before I can explain about it to you?
Doctor :   Since when are you having this headache?
Doctor :   Which part / side of the head aches?
User :   more to the front, forehead
User :   i hope what we discuss is confidential and between you and me?
Doctor :   Ok
User :   i would descirbe it as more dull ache
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Is it a throbbing / pulsatile headache or is it a constant dull ache.
Doctor :   I assure you of the confidentiality. It is only between you and me.
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you feel nauseated or vomit when you get this headache?
Doctor :   Ok.
User :   i try to exercise 2-3 times a week and eat regurarly and varied diet
Doctor :   How frequently do you such headaches and have you notice any factor that triggers these headache?
User :   unfortunately difficult to say, but have noticed some hormonal relations
Doctor :   Factor such as a common cold, flu infection, lack of sleep, missing a diet or strong odour may be triggering the headahche. Do you have any such factors?
User :   if i have flu infection i normally get also headache
Doctor :   Ok
User :   and a little embarassing to ask, but now when i have a doctor in the chat, when i have flu infection i normally get "tender" breasts, is that normal?
Doctor :   Have you had such headaches before you went on birth control pills?
User :   i have had headache now and then, but more frequest last couple of months
Doctor :   VIral infection usually cause multisystem problem. Body aches are quite common.
User :   thank you
Doctor :   The tender breast that you notice is probably normal during flu infection.
User :   sometimes
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you feel your headaches are more when you are stressed out?
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Based on the details, I find the cause for the headaches could be multifactorial.
Doctor :   1. Frequent headaches are quite normal in females secondary to female hormones (the oestrogens)
Doctor :   Probably this could be the most common cause triggering the headaches.
User :   would you have performed some kind of physical exam in this case?
Doctor :   It might have intensified when you started on birth pills which are essentially hormone supplements.
Doctor :   2. Headaches are also commonly associated with stress/anxiety/improper sleep.
Doctor :   3. Infection commonly the upper respiratory infection are associated with headaches.
Doctor :   Treatment is suggested depending on the severity of the headaches you have and the frequency of such severe headaches.
Doctor :   You been having these headaches since a while, you will need tests if you notice
Doctor :   that the intensity of the headaches has worsened or if you develop recurrent vomiting with these headaches.
User :   thank you, i feel more aware
Doctor :   Following a regular diet, proper sleep often prevent such headaches.
Doctor :   you need to be strict on this lifestyle.
User :   i'm nervous seeing a doctor, you had most probably only discussed as we did now during first visit?
Doctor :   Use simple analgesics such as Paracetamol tablets whenever you get these headaches.
Doctor :   If the headaches are frequent (and not unbearable), report back to your gynecologist who can change your birth control pills.
Doctor :   as long as the headaches are not unbearable and you do not have vomiting, I do not find the symptoms concerning.
User :   thank you doctor, i feel much more aware
Doctor :   Apart from the above measures which I suggest it is extremely important that you keep yourself
User :   thank you for all your recommendations and advices
Doctor :   well hydrated while on birth control pills.
Doctor :   They are very essential in preventing the episodes of headache.
User :   may i quickly ask one query related to my boyfriend?
Doctor :   Hope I have answered your query.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Proceed.
User :   do you recommend men to check their testicles regurarly? i mean it says everywhere that we should check our breasts for example
Doctor :   Testicular tumors are less common compared to breast cancers.
User :   because you feel to hard?
Doctor :   And testicular examination done by non professional can some times lead to injuries.
Doctor :   Since it's simple and easier to perform breast examinations, testicular examination is to be done by a professional alone.
User :   thank you, so you perform more testicular examinations than breast examinations?
Doctor :   Moreover changes in the testis can be easily visualised while changes in breast can only be felt on palpation.
User :   how common is breast examinations?
Doctor :   Hence testicular examination is suggested if changes in the size or presence of other symptoms are found.
Doctor :   Yes, we do perform testicular examination in patients.
Doctor :   It is advised that you examine your breast atleast once a week if not daily.
User :   thank you for all your answers
User :   have a nice day
Doctor :   Observe of changes in the skin / nipple and presence of lumps.
Doctor :   If such changes are observed consult a doctor for mammography/ultrasound.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   thank you doctor
User :   have a nice day
Doctor :   Hope I have answered all your queries.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   have a nice weekend.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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