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Headache for 5 weeks-HELP ME!!!!!!!

Hello readers,

I am a 12 and a half year old girl. By the way, I'm not pregnant, and haven't started my periods yet. I have many friends, don't feel too stressed and I'm a high achiever. I came home from school on the 2nd of May with a banging headache. I tend to get headaches a lot anyway so I thought it was one of those that went after taking Paracetamol. I have a family history of migraines and my mum is on a Beta-blocker daily, which got rid of them!

Right, I will list my long list of symptoms. This headache has lasted 5 weeks. It is continuous and rarely goes. It is there when I wake up in the morning and also when I go to bed! For the first half of the 5 weeks it was like a band around the top of my head, however, now, it is mainly at the back. I feel like there is a lead weight tied to my skull. It is also worse with reading and loud noises. There are also other symptoms:

- I struggle to get to sleep and recently, it has woken me up at  about 5am and sometimes up to 3 times in one night .

- Also, I have felt sick on and off for much of the time but have tried   to eat a normal diet.

- Also, I have changed temperature a lot and go suddenly from  freezing cold to boiling hot and sweating.

To get rid of these symptoms, I have been to the GP 5 times. They told me it was a virus the first couple of times and that I should take Calpol, Iburprofen and Paracetamol. Later on, I was told to try Co-codamol, which gave me bad side affects. The second to last time I went, I got a referral to CDU (Clinical Decision Unit). The last time we went, my referral was sped up. 

I went to CDU last Wednesday, where they did neurology tests, like reflexes. Then we had to go up to the eye hospital and they looked at the back of my eye- retina, optic nerve and so on. Everything was OK. I went back this week and they took 2 blood samples, which were fine and they did an  MRI scan, which was fine.

I was told to avoid taking anything, so I have. I found headache cooling strips helpful for getting to sleep. I have also been to the opticians and all was OK. I have been doing a headache diary as well.

I have had 4 weeks off school and can't read without it getting worse. I've missed the end year tests. I can't go on like this! I tried school and everything got worse. We've rung 111 twice and they weren't particularly helpful. I've also been to 2 pharmacists. I need some help.

Thank you for reading, if you managed to last that long. If anyone out there has similar symptoms or is a health professional or knows anything, please reply.


With regards, Jemma (JEMSTONE49)

Help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • personal20 jemstone49

    Hi Jemma,

    Well, it seems like you have done quite a lot already to find the cause of your headaches.  But even though you had an MRI and other tests still you could have a problem and they just havent found it yet.  You need something to take away the pain, then something to stop getting it in the first place.

    As this has been going on so long, your Dr needs to refer you to a neurologist who will make an action plan and give you meds to deal with it.  Sometimes stress can aggravate the condition, so if you are stressed from school or something else, try to reduce this as much as you can.

    If your GP wont refer you, get another Dr to see you at the surgery.

    Good luck Jemma and best wishes.

    Take care

    Let us know how you get on

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  • raym56857 jemstone49

    I thought I had migraines,...or tension headaches on my temples a lot....after trying everything I started taking desloratine (certizine) (loratidine)  -anyway they are second generation antihistamines   ----i have always had mild allergies - hayfever, dust, headaches are getting fewer and milder....the meds stop the release of hitamines in the body....histamines can cause inflamation and therefore pain, arthritis, headaches,   sinuses,   etc. You can buy the antihistamines over the counter at your drug store....try one a day for ten days....they may work for you,.....sometimes you cause is so obvious!!!

    Ray   Canada

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  • jemstone49


    Everyone has told me to try going to school but it made it worse last time

    and reading, loud noises and focusing makes it worse

    what do u guys think

    thanks for any replies!!!!!!!!!!



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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Hi Jemma,

      Well as for me I have cluster headaches and hemiplegic migraine and this usually hospitalises me when I get it, because I get paralysed down my left side.  The cluster headaches are  like red hot pokers in my eye.  You can check these out on google.  So I do know a bit about headaches lol.

      Well if you are feeling better, give school a go, it will be nice to get back to your friends I should think too I guess.  Maybe you are allowed some other medicine to help deal with the headaches, if you ask again.  I know I take a medicine called Flunarizine that even is given to kids at Great Ormand Street Hospital, so you wont be too young for that one.

      If it causes a problem again going back to school, then your parents should talk to your GP again about this as it shouldnt disrupt your school as its so important.

      Good luck Jemma and take care.

      Best wishes and keep us updated

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  • jemstone49

    just letting you guys know i still have a headache but managed an hour of school today which made it worse tho

    just yesterday i noticed my headache was worse when i clench my jaw, is that important?

    and today, i have developed a pain in my left ear, is thta important too?

    thanks for reading, jemstone49

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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Hi Jemma,

      Sorry you are still suffering with headaches and not being able to manage much school.

      You could have a lot of tension in your neck and jaw, which may be the reason you have these pains when you clench your jaw and with your ear.

      I know you cant take strong painkillers due to you age, what you could consider is indian head massage and or accupuncture, these treaments can work wonders and if nothing else they will soothe you a bit.  Also seeing an osteopath to examine your neck will help too.

      Good luck and best wishes.

      Take care.   Let us know how you get on

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  • jemstone49

    ok so um i went to a chiropractor on wednesday and she said my back was off centre and i had a dodgy pelvis 

    i am going again today

    but now i also have back ache and really bad hayfever

    i have lost my apetite and was sick nearly a week ago

    my quality of life is being affected- hope it is spelt right

    i also think my headache is gradually getting worse- could it be the heat?

    for anyone else going through back and neck problems i recommend gentle swimming

    anyone got any ideas

    maybe they missed something simple

    please help i'm really fed up and it is affecting all my relationships

    i feel so useless as paracetamol is rubbish

    any advice

    thanx :D

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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Hi Jemma,

      I agree paracetamol is rubbish for such pains and if you GP wont prescribe stronger, see your Neurologist.

      I am sorry you are still having trouble and I am sure your parents understand how much you are going through.

      I am very happy to offer my support and any info I can supply to you I will.

      What will the chriopractor do about your spine and pelvis Jemma?  I agree that the heat certainly reduces appitite.

      Its understandable you are fed up. but remember this forum is here to listen to you and if we can be of any help we will be,

      Have you tried doing any sort of school work at home that doesnt make you feel worse?

      Good luck Jemma and hope you feel better soon.

      Best wishes and take care

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    • jemstone49 personal20

      they won't sent school work as i will supposedly not want to go back to school but what the hell, i love school!

      the chiropractor is going to make my pelvis sit equally by sort of pushing around and push my spine into place and also try to reduce the tightness in my neck

      thanks so much i will try to update you either later today or tomorrow 

      thanks again


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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Thats wonderful at least you can still see friends.  You need their support more than ever to get through this.  Encourage them to keep in touch as much as possible.

      If things dont improve or even get worse, get your parents to take you to A + E again.  You have to get some relief.

      All the best Jemma

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  • jemstone49

    hello everyone

    so we went to the chiropractor monday and it wasnt really working for me so we have stopped it

    and today we went to A&E were they reassessed me 

    they think it is some kind of stress or emotion causing it but there isn't anything!

    i know theyre all trying to help me but i am getting sooooooooooo angry with all these questions 

    i feel like like i'm on an evil repeat

    -disturbed sleep




    again i can't help feeling like they missed something simple??????????????????

    any ideas

    thanx so much


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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Hi jemma,

      Well its quite possible they are missing something simple and unless you see a really good neurologist then it might never be found.

      Can I suggest that if you and your parents can get you down to London and you are able to se my neuro privately then he could provide some answers!  Get your GP to refer you to Dr Matharu at the National Neurological Hospital in Queens Square and if you can see him privately then you can probably see him sometime next week.  I dont know how much it will cost, as its a long time since I saw him privately now and I can see him quickly enough on NHS as I am a regular lol.

      So, if this is something you are interested I will private message you as I dont want to give phone numbers out publically.

      Best wishes and take care

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    • personal20 jemstone49

      Yes, it will make a difference especially if you can find one that specialises in headaches and there are some.  Yes your dr can refer you to someone for sure on the NHS for free and he may know one that specialises in headaches, trouble is, you know the NHS as well as I do and you may have to wait some time before  you can see him or her.


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  • jemstone49

    Hello again

    i am starting feel fed up and not at all like my usual self

    my mum rang the school today and i feel as if they aren't being too helpful

    i'm hoping to persuade my mum to take me to the GP after work

    the school keep saying they want me in but won't let me sit in the medical room?!?

    they also threatening with charges etc. as my attendence is 70%

    but we are trying everything we can

    i don't feel like anyone i know fully understands and even though i know they are trying to help, i wish they could simply leave me alone

    how long do you the wait would be for a neurologist on the NHS?

    has anyone else who has had continuos headaches found the dentist any good cos i'm going in July

    i'm so fed up some times i can't face the day...

    thanks again


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  • jemstone49

    Hi all

    i went to the pharmacist a few days back and they  recommended syndol tension headache

    me and my mum tried shopping around but couldn't find it so we went to the GP today

    my GP couldn'y find it either and said there wasn't much else to try but recommened yoga

    i will try it this evening but does anyone have experience with it because my back etc. still hurts from the chiropractor

    any ideas?


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