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Mike03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:07 PM
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Hypothetically: Severe Headache Lasting A Week or Longer
Edited on Mon Mar-03-08 07:11 PM by Mike03
This is not a medical question, seeking any medical advice, but a hypothetical question.

If someone came to you with a severe headache lasting a week or so, but it was most likely a muscular-skeletal headache, not a migraine, aneurism, etc..., should that person just roll with the punches or seek out emergency room help? And would you say to that person it would be okay to go to an ER with a headache, when they seem to feel ashamed to do that?
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:17 PM
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1. Go to the ER, as soon as possible.
Fuck the shame, just do it. There are muscle relaxers that can be administered, if that is indeed the problem. But get checked out. No one can "man up" with that kind of pain for a week or more.
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Mike03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:19 PM
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2. Thanks for the input. It helps a lot. NT
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Mike03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:21 PM
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3. P.S. Especially from an Edwards Fan! He was the best. NT
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:25 PM
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7. What Bunny said.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 01:24 AM
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14. Absolutely.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 06:29 AM
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23. although I think I would start with doc in the box(non emergency clinic)
especially if headache is ranging down the back of neck & into shoulder area which is what mine used to do when they dug in and wouldn't go away.

Doc in the Box is much cheaper, quicker and more like a doctor's office. If person has a regular doc, just go to the doctor. Muscle relaxers would be a big help.

Oh yeah and a really good theraputic massage session or two.

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Connonym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:22 PM
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4. Intractable pain is a legitimate medical emergency
there's no shame in going to the ER for that. Probably a good idea to see a doctor anyway to rule out more worrisome causes for the headache.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:22 PM
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5. sweety
go......


please


better to be safe than sorry.......
believe me..... they have seen it all.... and you will be taken care of


hypothetically of course



:hug: :hi:

lost
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:22 PM
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6. You should see a doctor if you have a headache that lasts more than a day or so.
Could be a symptom of many things, some of which you mentioned.

It could also indicate a tumor, a stroke, or an infection like meningitis or encephalitis.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:29 PM
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8. A headache that lasts a week isn't a headache.
It's a sign of a medical condition requiring immediate care. Emergency room, stat.
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Mike03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:35 PM
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9. Thanks, this is helpful information.
Appreciated.

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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 07:49 PM
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10. Call your regular Dr. or go to the ER
it sounds like an achy but even that should be getting better. and if that's all it is, going to the ER might get you some nice drugs.

take care and don't be afraid to get medical attention, you may get the peace of mind that comes from them ruling out the bad things.
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BeachBaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 08:36 PM
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11. My best friend just went through this.....
9 days of one helluva headache. Turned out that her house was bone-dry (no humidity), which led to dry sinuses and eventually a sinus infection.

Yes, please go see a doc....it's most likely nothing life-threatening, but either way the doc can do something to alleviate the pain.

Good luck to you! :hug:
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 08:53 PM
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12. ER Stat. Do not pass go. Do not wait. Seriously.
Migraines are not a big problem, but it would be impossible for a lay person to dx an aneurysm.

Seriously. ER Stat.
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amitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-03-08 10:58 PM
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13. Might need glasses. Check out the vision.
This happened to me. Turns out I needed glasses!
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 01:27 AM
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15. Depends how severe.
Not necessarily an emergency.

If they have a doctor, they should call.

If not, perhaps a walk-in clinic or urgent care.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 01:27 AM
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16. Seek immediate medical attention.
Seriously.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 01:35 AM
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17. I lost a cousin to a brain aneurysm
She was 15. Her symptoms were much more sudden but involved pain and dizziness.

Get it checked out ASAP.

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SPKrazy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 01:36 AM
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18. I'd say go to an ER, it is more ignorant to me to not go get help than to go
ashamed?

I don't get it

go get some help

your head hurts

you're in pain

that's what doctors do

if you don't want to go to the ER then get an appointment.

I think this thread should be locked myself

It may not be a medical advice thread but damn

for as intelligent a man as you seem to be you seem to be really lost when it comes to taking care of yourself

go get help
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 02:42 AM
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19. It's an emergency. GO!!!
Could be a stroke or brain tumor or other things as well, all of them serious.

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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 02:49 AM
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20. The health of your brain is no joke. Go to the doctor. nt
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Roon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 03:10 AM
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21. I once had a headache for a year
no matter what we tried, it wouldn't go away. Then one day, it was gone.
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REP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 05:30 AM
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22. Lots of people go to the ER for headaches
I have some friends who go to the ER for help with their migraines. I've never been because of a migraine, but only because I've got immunity issues that makes being in an ER waiting room not a great idea for me. If I had a completely new kind of bad headache, or the worst headache I'd ever had plus a stiff neck, you betcha I'd go and not give a damn what anyone what else thought!
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-04-08 08:38 AM
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24. Locking
A headache lasting longer than a day or so may be a symptom of something serious. Anyone with a symptom like that should see a doctor immediately. DUers cannot give medical advice beyond that.
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