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Hi there, hoping for some advice and input on whether I should accept my GP's eval, or keep pushing for an MRI and/or neorologist referral. Sorry in advance for the long post...
I've suffered from migraines most of my life, starting when I was around 10 or 11. Over time I learned to manage them and for most of my 20s (i'm 32 now) they became less frequent, about 1 every 3-5 months or so. Not much of a problem/worry at all.
About a year ago, however, I started getting them every 3-4 weeks. On top of that, I started getting them multiple times in sequence; sometimes twice a day, sometimes back to back days. This had never happened before.
What brought me into my GP though was in March last year, for 5 days I had this off and on stabbing pain in one area of my head (front right). It felt exactly like the pain I have during migraines, except in random bursts, and always at that same spot. This was capped off on the 5th day with one of the worst migraines I can remember. The pain was unbearable, drugs did not help, and it was dead smack on where I had the stabbing pain all week.
So I go into my GP and he refers me for a CT. About a month goes by, I get the scan, and the results come back negative. At the time, we were in process of house hunting / moving and my GP chaulks it up to stress / cluster headaches and basically shrugs it off.
Since that week in March I now regularly get 'random stabbing pains' in that one spot in addition to my increased migraine frequency. The stabbing pains come and go; sometimes they are there for days, sometimes I go a few weeks and nothing; only for it to return again.
I've seen my GP 2 more times since and he continues to chaulk it up to stress/cluster headaches since the CT came back negative, and prescribed some kind of anti-migraine pill. I brought up the idea of getting an MRI and he basically refused/shrugged it off.
I realize the probability is in my favor that there is no tumor or aneurysm in there causing these problems; however, I can't help but wonder if something is being missed by my GP and his reluctance to refer for an MRI or neurologist...
Should I just suck it up and learn to live with this or push my GP further?
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