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Severe headache for 10 days

Hi Guys,
I went to the ER on the 18th with a severe headache in the back of my head.  I had numbness and tingling in the right arm and leg.  They did a CT and found nothing.  I was given a toradol injection and some muscle relaxers.  They said it was a tension headache and a migraine.  I went back to my regular Dr. on Monday and was given another toradol shot.  The headache was still really bad so I went back on Wed.  I was given yet another Toradol shot.  On Saturday the headache was so bad that I went back to the ER.  I was given a Lumbar puncture and the results were normal.  I had another Toradol shot and an appointment for a MRI.  I had the MRI yesterday and the results were normal.  I was given a perscription for Hydrocodone and was told to take that along with 4 ibuprophen.  I was also given amitriptyline to take every day to prevent headaches.  I see the neurologist tomorrow morning.  Any advice would be helpful.  I am to the point that I cannot stand this anymore the pain is so severe and it gets worse every time I get up and try to do anything.

Thanks!
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Hi,
How are you? It is good that the lumbar puncture, CT scan and MRI were all normal. How was your neurologist consultation? Hemiplegic migraines usually present with severe headaches with a pins-and-needles feeling, numbness on one side of the body, usually on the arm, leg, or  face, weakness or paralysis, loss of balance and coordination, visual aura, dizziness or vertigo, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, sound, and smell. Both abortive and preventive medications prescribed by your doctor may help provide relief. Take care and do keep us posted.
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I had the Neurologist appointment this morning and they thought that the headache was due to inflamation (inflammation) of the nerves in the base of the skull.  I got a injection in the scalp and it did help a little bit but I got very dizzy and nauseous after the injection.  I go back to the neurologist next wednesday.  I also go back to work Friday so I hope the pain is much better by then!  Thanks for your comments I will ask about this when I return to the DR.  
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Hi,
Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that you saw your neurologist with the initial impression of inflammation of the nerves and a management plan was started. The dizziness and nausea could be a side effect of the medicine that was injected. It would also help to know what the medicine was.  I sincerely hope the symptoms will resolve and you can work with no more problems. Do keep us posted with your follow-up next week. Take care always.
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