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Have headache. Use methamphetamine through injections. Is the both related to each other?

I don't inject methamphetamine very often due to my constant misses. The last time I attempted to inject I did it in my cephalic vein on the outer side of my forarm. I was able to get the needle in the vein but at some point after injecting some of the shot, my needle slipped out. I then went back in to attempt to inject the rest, I thought I was in after a few attempts and did the rest. Immediately after I had a nasty bruise and a lot of pain. The blood spread almost all the way around my arm, the vein was obviously leaking. I am now on day 4 following this trauma and all that's left of the injury is a red bump. However; I have had a headache for 3 days now behind my right eye. I'm concerned the two may be connected....I have a cold as well. when should I be concerned enough to see a doctor?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

It is unlikely that the headache is related to the possible "thrombo-phlebitis" (clotting and inflammation of the vein) which had happened 4 days ago. It could be due to a sinustis due to the cold or some other independent cause.

However, if the headache is becoming severe, with associated symptoms like vomiting, problems in vision, confusion, drowsiness, weakness or numbness of any part of the body, then these are danger signs and you need to see a doctor immediately.

Also, if you are developing an increase in swelling, redness or pain over the injection site or fever, then you have to seek urgent medical attention.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Emergency Medicine Consultant
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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