My Mother (58 years old) was taken to the emergency room on May 11, 2007, nearly six weeks ago, with the worst headache of her life. She had sharp pain in the back of her head (near the base of the skull) with nausea and vomiting.
She was given a CAT scan and there was no apparent bleed. There was no lumbar puncture given in the ER, and she was released.
The pain was constant for several days before finally easing. She has since had blood tests, an MRI, an MRI with contrast, a carotid artery test, and several others I can not recall. All results have been negative with no indication of what is causing the severe headaches. She has no history of migraines.
After a few days of relief, the headaches returned, and have continued on a regular basis for the past few weeks. Last night, she had another severe headache, and her blood pressure dropped very low (72/50) and her heart rate was elevated (115 bpm). She has also been tired, which is highly unusual for her, with a sore neck and nausea.
We have gone to at least four doctors with no answers, and her next appointment is over eight weeks away. I fear we are losing valuable time.
While researching on the internet, it seems that hyperthyroidism, menengitis, or heart failure may be possible?? Does anyone have any ideas?? Please help.
Wow! I was in the ER with the same exact thing!! Severe headache, the worst I ever had in my life, I'm 33 years old, otherwise healthy female. They sent me home with a prescription for Vicodin.....didn't do a CAT scan or anything...what could it be????
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