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Severe and frequent headache - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 53yr old female & I take BP Rx & several other Rx. But in the last 8 months I have been having headaches which seem to be getting more frequent & more severe. I mentioned this to my family DR. 2wks. ago when I went to see him because I had been sick with some type of cold/flu like symptoms since Nov. I knew it was not Flu because I got flu vac. for both types of flu in sept. Anyway my DR. just gave me a new Rx for pain med. for headaches which is not working. I'm tired of taking so many pills & it not helping.
User :   hello
User :   Hi can you help me?
User :   is your blood pressure under control ?
User :   were any tests done ?
User :   Some what. There are some days when I have to take an extra dose. I take Catapres0.3mg 1/2 twice daily
User :   were any tests done ?
User :   can you tell what medications were given to you for the headaches ?
User :   I had lab work done in Aug.2010 & the DR> said my cholesterol was high & called in Rx for that but it was so expensive I couldn't get it .
User :   Before I was taking DarvocetN100, Now Tylenol #3
User :   any stress in your life ?
User :   are the headaches constant ?
User :   any visual changes ?
User :   Pretty much. I usually wake up with one & go to bed with one. Alot of times they wake me up & I'll check my BP to make sure it's ok & my Bp will be good but my pulse will be very low.
User :   Occasionally I will feel like my glasses are dirty when there not.
User :   ok
User :   well there are few conditions that can be causing it
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User :   hello
User :   now i was telling you
User :   that it can either be migraine or also what we call as tension headaches
User :   Yes I'm here the sign came up saying we were thruogh.
User :   and what is most important is that you need to get a CT head done
User :   there must have been some technical problem
User :   can you tell me what aggravates your headaches ?
User :   I have had both those kind of headaches of & on my whole adult life. These new headaches are different & seem to be getting progressively worse. I forgot to mention that when headaches starting getting worse I got tingling in my R. hand - thump & forefinger & now it has progressed to my left hand- liitle finger & side of hand.
User :   i see
User :   well you do need a CT done
User :   its important
User :   that will help us to pinpoint the cause
User :   and then you can be treated accordingly
User :   I mentioned that to my DR. & he just gave me another pill. I can't order A CT on my own. What should I do???
User :   i suggest that you can go to a walk in clinic
User :   and they can order it for you
User :   Will they accept me without Ins.?
User :   yes they will
User :   its important
User :   infact you can also request your own physician
User :   Could this have anything to do with degenertive arthrytis in my back?? I don't know any good dr. in my area!
User :   so from the detail history that you have given me
User :   its more likely a migraine or a tension headache
User :   I have alot of severe leg pain as well, which also seems to be getting worse.
User :   thats why the CT is important, so that we can rule out
User :   how is your lipid profile now?
User :   1 min. let me get copy of my lab work
User :   sure
User :   I had a Hepatic function panel A done
User :   ij
User :   ok
User :   was the test results normal ?
User :   Yes
User :   ok
User :   well like i said in your case once the CT is done things will be very clear to us
User :   Should I have this done immediately?
User :   the sooner the better
User :   as you have been having typical symptoms of migraine
User :   so the sooner you we find out whats wrong you can be treated
User :   I have a family history that it absolutely horrible. Heart disease,diabetes,cancer,arthrytis, & my father died of an coronary anurysm.
User :   i am sorry to hear that
User :   well dont worry once the test is done
User :   you will be treated for the cause
User :   I appreciate all your help. It's refreshing to talk to a DR> who will listen & doesn't just want to through another pill at me. I take so many now!
User :   i can understand your concern
User :   glad i was able to help you
User :   dont worry
User :   things will be fine
User :   a positive attitude is the BEST PILL
User :   take as many as you can
User :   take care of your self
User :   I try to keep a positive attitude because I have 5 very young grandchildren that I want to be able to msee grow up & if it be GOD"S will I want to see my great-grandchildren some day. I acn honestly say that the thought of my grandchildren is about the only thing that keeps me going!!
User :   your feedback is appreciated, good bye
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