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.
SORRY FOR ANY SPELLING MISTAKES.
With regards, Jemma (JEMSTONE49)