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    I used to get a bad headache 1-2 days before the start of my period (i was on rigevidon) and told my dr, said they were likely due to the hormones and I accepted it. Pain was so bad the only way to make it lessen was to sleep and take lots of painkillers, even then they last several hours. Can hardly turn my head it makes it and my eyes hurt so much.

    However now they're becoming more like every week and more than once a week. I started a new pill marvelon on Wednesday and Thursday morning I woke up with one of these headaches. Ended up staying in bed most of the morning. First thought it was because I changed pills, however because they were becoming more recent before I changed I'm not sure it's the pills.

    Should I go to my GP or my optician? My vision is fine, always been 20/20 however i know that opticians can tell things your GP can't. Any advice?
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I used to get a bad headache 1-2 days before the start of my period (i was on rigevidon) and told my dr, said they were likely due to the hormones and I accepted it. Pain was so bad the only way to make it lessen was to sleep and take lots of painkillers, even then they last several hours. Can hardly turn my head it makes it and my eyes hurt so much.

    However now they're becoming more like every week and more than once a week. I started a new pill marvelon on Wednesday and Thursday morning I woke up with one of these headaches. Ended up staying in bed most of the morning. First thought it was because I changed pills, however because they were becoming more recent before I changed I'm not sure it's the pills.

    Should I go to my GP or my optician? My vision is fine, always been 20/20 however i know that opticians can tell things your GP can't. Any advice?
    There'd be no harm in seeing both your gp and optician, then you'll know what's causing the headaches rather than assuming it's not your eyesight that's the problem.
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    No harm in seeing both. See optician first. GP will probably end up asking whether you've had your eyes tested recently.
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    That certainly sounds more than just hormones, you shouldn’t have them that bad. Can you see a different GP? But yes I would say see your optician if your eyes are hurting from it too, they might be able to offer a different perspective.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I used to get a bad headache 1-2 days before the start of my period (i was on rigevidon) and told my dr, said they were likely due to the hormones and I accepted it. Pain was so bad the only way to make it lessen was to sleep and take lots of painkillers, even then they last several hours. Can hardly turn my head it makes it and my eyes hurt so much.

    However now they're becoming more like every week and more than once a week. I started a new pill marvelon on Wednesday and Thursday morning I woke up with one of these headaches. Ended up staying in bed most of the morning. First thought it was because I changed pills, however because they were becoming more recent before I changed I'm not sure it's the pills.

    Should I go to my GP or my optician? My vision is fine, always been 20/20 however i know that opticians can tell things your GP can't. Any advice?
    Go see your GP first. Your issue may be resolved at opthamologist rather than an optician. Your GP is the only one who can refer you if needed.
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    (Original post by TheRealAdam1)
    Go see your GP first. Your issue may be resolved at opthamologist rather than an optician. Your GP is the only one who can refer you if needed.
    Opticians can refer too.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    There'd be no harm in seeing both your gp and optician, then you'll know what's causing the headaches rather than assuming it's not your eyesight that's the problem.
    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    No harm in seeing both. See optician first. GP will probably end up asking whether you've had your eyes tested recently.
    (Original post by BurstingBubbles)
    That certainly sounds more than just hormones, you shouldn’t have them that bad. Can you see a different GP? But yes I would say see your optician if your eyes are hurting from it too, they might be able to offer a different perspective.
    Thanks guys. Yeah last time I spoke to my dr about it was before I moved to uni, so it's been like a year I suppose. I'll make appointments next week for them. Becoming such a pain now, they come so randomly so i can't really link it to my cycle anymore.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Thanks guys. Yeah last time I spoke to my dr about it was before I moved to uni, so it's been like a year I suppose. I'll make appointments next week for them. Becoming such a pain now, they come so randomly so i can't really link it to my cycle anymore.
    Are you keeping a diary to see if you can work out your triggers?
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    (Original post by TheRealAdam1)
    Go see your GP first. Your issue may be resolved at opthamologist rather than an optician. Your GP is the only one who can refer you if needed.
    Thank you, didn't know there could be referrals!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Thanks guys. Yeah last time I spoke to my dr about it was before I moved to uni, so it's been like a year I suppose. I'll make appointments next week for them. Becoming such a pain now, they come so randomly so i can't really link it to my cycle anymore.
    Do they trigger/worsen with lighting? When I started working in a hospital I used to get such bad headaches but now more used to it. I know you’ve likely thought of drinking more water, less caffeine (this includes chocolate too) and regular sleep, but it can make such a difference. Do you use computers and screens a lot too? Sometimes you can get special glasses which filter the light.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    Are you keeping a diary to see if you can work out your triggers?
    Not really, I'm making notes of when i get them but nothing like what i'm doing when I get one. I should start doing that though! Like on Thursday I just woke up and my head immediately hurt. No light or anything.

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    Do they trigger/worsen with lighting? When I started working in a hospital I used to get such bad headaches but now more used to it. I know you’ve likely thought of drinking more water, less caffeine (this includes chocolate too) and regular sleep, but it can make such a difference. Do you use computers and screens a lot too? Sometimes you can get special glasses which filter the light.
    I wouldn't say lighting really affects it. I get headaches sometimes at work because I work in a store and there's lights everywhere shining on our products, so that sometimes makes them come on. Oh yeah I got a motivational water bottle to help me keep up with my drinking. chocolate is a weakness of mine but i've deffo cut back on that a lot. I always get minimum 8 hours of sleep per night without fail, quite proud of that ha. I use screens every day for uni work mainly, especially with deadlines coming up it'll be a daily thing
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Not really, I'm making notes of when i get them but nothing like what i'm doing when I get one. I should start doing that though! Like on Thursday I just woke up and my head immediately hurt. No light or anything.
    There are apps (I don't use them; so can't recommend any, sorry!) you can download to keep track of your migraines.

    I use screens every day for uni work mainly, especially with deadlines coming up it'll be a daily thing
    It was once recommended to me (although, it was eye strain and not a full on headache) to take a 10 minute break every hour when using a screen. Even if it's just getting some water or something.
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    There are apps (I don't use them; so can't recommend any, sorry!) you can download to keep track of your migraines.

    It was once recommended to me (although, it was eye strain and not a full on headache) to take a 10 minute break every hour when using a screen. Even if it's just getting some water or something.
    Thank you I'll have a look out for them and try the regular breaks. Normally my breaks atm are stopping work and starting netflix, which should probably change ha
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    Opticians can refer too.
    Opticians can refer to secondary care?
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    Opticians can refer to secondary care?
    Yes. I've had an optician refer me to the hospital.
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    Yes. I've had an optician refer me to the hospital.
    I see. Never knew that. And here I am working in the health profession as a Dentist. Learnt something new today.
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    Both Get your eyes tested and mention the headaches. They'll tell you whether you need a different prescription and if it's likely to be causing your headaches, and they'll suggest you see your GP if need be
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I used to get a bad headache 1-2 days before the start of my period (i was on rigevidon) and told my dr, said they were likely due to the hormones and I accepted it. Pain was so bad the only way to make it lessen was to sleep and take lots of painkillers, even then they last several hours. Can hardly turn my head it makes it and my eyes hurt so much.

    However now they're becoming more like every week and more than once a week. I started a new pill marvelon on Wednesday and Thursday morning I woke up with one of these headaches. Ended up staying in bed most of the morning. First thought it was because I changed pills, however because they were becoming more recent before I changed I'm not sure it's the pills.

    Should I go to my GP or my optician? My vision is fine, always been 20/20 however i know that opticians can tell things your GP can't. Any advice?
    Your vision can be fine and there can still be something wrong with your eyes that causes headaches.

    I have better than 20/20 but my optician's told me that the arteries in my eyes are torturous which can cause severe headaches.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I used to get a bad headache 1-2 days before the start of my period (i was on rigevidon) and told my dr, said they were likely due to the hormones and I accepted it. Pain was so bad the only way to make it lessen was to sleep and take lots of painkillers, even then they last several hours. Can hardly turn my head it makes it and my eyes hurt so much.

    However now they're becoming more like every week and more than once a week. I started a new pill marvelon on Wednesday and Thursday morning I woke up with one of these headaches. Ended up staying in bed most of the morning. First thought it was because I changed pills, however because they were becoming more recent before I changed I'm not sure it's the pills.

    Should I go to my GP or my optician? My vision is fine, always been 20/20 however i know that opticians can tell things your GP can't. Any advice?
    Yeah opticians will know much more as GP’s are General Practicioners, so they only have a general knowledge of everything whereas opticians will specialise in the eyes therefore know if it is something to do with your eyes triggering your headaches. For me, the opticians couldn’t find anything so I was referred to a specialist eye hospital where they told me I had migraines and this weird name for a weird case of double vision which was apparently normal but I notice it more than the average person. If you aren’t happy with your opticians treatment, ask and push for a referral. You know your eyes and pain better than they will.
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    maybe the pill is just not right for you you could try another type of birth control/contraception
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