Turn on thread page Beta

Migraine/Potential brain tumour???! watch

Announcements
    • #1
    • Thread Starter
    #1

    Hey,

    In the last couple of days I have had a slight headache at the back of my head. Then yesterday/last night the pain escalated and moved to the right side of my head where it persists. There is a sudden darting pain only on the right side of my head and doesn't last for very long but it keeps recurring and is still here all day today despite taking a neurofen both this morning and last night!!
    Also this morning I felt really really weak/sick. I didn't actually throw up but I felt so nauseous. I've also just gotten over a stomach bug where I was feeling weak/vomiting for 3-4 days. That was 2 weeks ago. I got over it but it came back again last week! I've been fine since then until getting the severe (bizarre type) headache I got last night.
    I went to my GP. and she doesn't think it's anything more sinister than a migraine. She checked my eyes/blood pressure and they were all fine.

    I don't know what to do though especially after being sick a few weeks ago and now this!!- I’ve never suffered from a migraine before either, although I am a frequent sufferer of headaches.
    Should I just wait to see if the headache passes? I'm a terrible worrier and I'm terrified in case it's a brain tumour, although the doc has ruled this pretty much out. Anyone else experience(/d) the same symptoms?? Help/advice is greatly appreciated! xx
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    Doesnt sound like brain tumour really. Neurofen really wont do a massive amount for headaches - try co-codamol unless you're allergic to paracetamol or codeine. Better still try the pink migraleive because they contain an anti-emetic, which will stop the nausea, and aid the absorption of the painkiller (i think its co-codamol in them)
    • #1
    • Thread Starter
    #1

    (Original post by recneps)
    Doesnt sound like brain tumour really. Neurofen really wont do a massive amount for headaches - try co-codamol unless you're allergic to paracetamol or codeine. Better still try the pink migraleive because they contain an anti-emetic, which will stop the nausea, and aid the absorption of the painkiller (i think its co-codamol in them)

    Thank you so much for the suggestions. I appreciate you replying.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    Migrane, I get them all the time... but I do understand you worrying as I had pains which seemed different from a migrane but it turned out to be nothing. I find I puke up paracetamol if I take them so usually use codine or co-codamol, if I don't have those I use calpol, seriously it works.
    Other than that, take a hot shower and sleep in a dark room.
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bubblebee)
    Migrane, I get them all the time... but I do understand you worrying as I had pains which seemed different from a migrane but it turned out to be nothing. I find I puke up paracetamol if I take them so usually use codine or co-codamol, if I don't have those I use calpol, seriously it works.
    Other than that, take a hot shower and sleep in a dark room.
    Its the codeine in co-codamol that really works on migraine. Essentially it is an opiate (related to morphine and heroin) so works as a really strong pain killer (cant remember why it is particularly more affective on migraine rather than headache but there is a physiological reason). Obviously dont take them too often because, like all opiates, there is potential for addiction :p:
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by recneps)
    Its the codeine in co-codamol that really works on migraine. Essentially it is an opiate (related to morphine and heroin) so works as a really strong pain killer (cant remember why it is particularly more affective on migraine rather than headache but there is a physiological reason). Obviously dont take them too often because, like all opiates, there is potential for addiction :p:
    Indeed, however codiene itself is useless. Its converted to morphine (as well as other things inside the body) . However many people do not convert codiene at all (10% of caucasians, lower in other ethnicities) - or at least to something pharmacoligically active. As codiene is v. mild.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by recneps)
    Its the codeine in co-codamol that really works on migraine. Essentially it is an opiate (related to morphine and heroin) so works as a really strong pain killer (cant remember why it is particularly more affective on migraine rather than headache but there is a physiological reason). Obviously dont take them too often because, like all opiates, there is potential for addiction :p:
    Aye, but my stash of codine is running low and as they kicked up a fuss about giving it to me last time I thought I'd add about co-codamol incase they couldn't get it.
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bubblebee)
    Aye, but my stash of codine is running low and as they kicked up a fuss about giving it to me last time I thought I'd add about co-codamol incase they couldn't get it.
    Same thing happened to me. Luckily my tolerance to paracetamol is high so can take a bit of codiene still. Apparantly people are getting smart and trying to abuse codiene now instead of demerol etc.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JayB124)
    Same thing happened to me. Luckily my tolerance to paracetamol is high so can take a bit of codiene still. Apparantly people are getting smart and trying to abuse codiene now instead of demerol etc.
    It is an opiate isn't it? I really do think I'm addicted though, but not by any fault of my own, I've been prescibed it since I was a kid for pain relief and now other pain killers don't work as well... I can't have neat paracetamol cause it just comes back up.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    try to stop worrying- youve just listed symptoms of a migraine and worrying will make it worse (try not to worry about not worrying though...)
    because migraines are so bizarre pain relief is really different for everyone and so the biggest way to help migraines is to start acting when you can sense it coming i.e when it stops being just a headache and things start getting weird. for some people caffeine can help or even icecream- and that hot/cold shower thing is good (for me atleast). or pressure to the forehead. also avoiding whatevers "triggered it" although it is hard to pinpoint and is again really varied from person to person whether its oranges, beans, changes in weather or stress.
    God migraines are strange...
    Offline

    11
    ReputationRep:
    Don't panic; brain tumours are very unlikely in young people. However, see a doctor if you're worried as they can assuage your concerns firmly (I know if I was really worried I'd want to hear it was nothing from a professional ). But from your symptoms I really doubt you've anything to panic about.
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bubblebee)
    It is an opiate isn't it? I really do think I'm addicted though, but not by any fault of my own, I've been prescibed it since I was a kid for pain relief and now other pain killers don't work as well... I can't have neat paracetamol cause it just comes back up.
    It is an opiate. The body converts some of it to morphine which kills the headache. It also converts it to other stuff as well some of which help with headaches.

    It is possible to become addicted to it as it is nearly the same as taking a lvery low dose or morphine. However codiene is taking 2 or 3 times a day for a long rtime... thats a lots of morphine.

    If you haven't had codiene in any form for a few days, and you are addcited you get withdrawal (usually flu-like symptoms). If you think you are addicted/ going through withdrawal, you should get to your gp soon as codiene withdrawal is very unpleasant. A few deaths have even been attributed to it - but this is of course is the rarest of the rare.

    Your case doesn't seem like addiction to me though. Sometimes one drug does really work that well. Physiologicol as well as pyscological reasoning for it.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    When I go to the doctor with my various head-related complaints, s/he usually puts two fingers against my cheek and asks me to push against them. It's a test to see if you're noticably weaker on one side, which can indicate a brain tumour. Might be worth getting someone to try it on you, just to put your mind at ease, though it's highly unlikely that you have a brain tumour, regardless of your symptoms. Other symptoms include changes in vision (more often associated with migraines, mind you), altered depth perception, confusion, slurred speech, and walking into things / tripping up. That being said, I've tripped up four times today and I, as far as I know, don't have a brain tumour. :P Unless you have all of these symptoms in varying degrees, I'd put it down to a nasty migraine.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JayB124)
    It is an opiate. The body converts some of it to morphine which kills the headache. It also converts it to other stuff as well some of which help with headaches.

    It is possible to become addicted to it as it is nearly the same as taking a lvery low dose or morphine. However codiene is taking 2 or 3 times a day for a long rtime... thats a lots of morphine.

    If you haven't had codiene in any form for a few days, and you are addcited you get withdrawal (usually flu-like symptoms). If you think you are addicted/ going through withdrawal, you should get to your gp soon as codiene withdrawal is very unpleasant. A few deaths have even been attributed to it - but this is of course is the rarest of the rare.

    Your case doesn't seem like addiction to me though. Sometimes one drug does really work that well. Physiologicol as well as pyscological reasoning for it.
    Oooh thats interesting because when I stopped taking it around christmas I got terribly ill then had a car-crash and got more =me being fine then had a come-down again... how weird.
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Bubblebee)
    Oooh thats interesting because when I stopped taking it around christmas I got terribly ill then had a car-crash and got more =me being fine then had a come-down again... how weird.
    Oooo How are you know with codiene?
    • #1
    • Thread Starter
    #1

    Thank you all so much for replying and putting my mind at ease!! I feel much better now so again many thanks!!!
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by JayB124)
    Oooo How are you know with codiene?
    I still take it for my knee pain every day that I'm at work otherwise I just can't move but I hardly take any extra for headaches and such.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    The advice given seems good - I doubt it is a brain tumour, BUT if it persists, do go to a doctor, because I had a friend a few years ago who had brain surgery to remove a tumour, so young people do sometimes get them. I'm sure you'll be fine. The other question is: Do you get back pain? Because sometimes the two can be linked, and a Chiropractor's manipulations can help to solve both.
    • #1
    • Thread Starter
    #1

    (Original post by Dionysus)
    The advice given seems good - I doubt it is a brain tumour, BUT if it persists, do go to a doctor, because I had a friend a few years ago who had brain surgery to remove a tumour, so young people do sometimes get them. I'm sure you'll be fine. The other question is: Do you get back pain? Because sometimes the two can be linked, and a Chiropractor's manipulations can help to solve both.

    Hey, Thanks for replying! I don't really get any back pain. I have a slight pain in my neck these last few days, I'm sure that's linked to the headaches. I still feel kinda crappy today although the headache has worn off- now it's my tummy- I feel like I'm gonna throw up!
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    Sounds more like a virus. A few viri (if thats grammatically correct) can cause headaches alng with nausea and other aches over the body.
 
 
 
Poll
Are you chained to your phone?

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.