Help! Headache Question

  1. I'm seeking some advice from all of you experienced nurses out there (coming from a student nurse still in pre-reqs!). I've had a headache for about two days. I also have a cold, but now I'm wondering if the headache is a separate issue. It got REALLY bad today around 2:30... as in the worst headache I have ever had. I took some Advil w/no relief. I slept for about 2 hours and it was gone, but gradually came back and is now as bad as it was earlier. I took some Tylenol earlier in the evening and it hasn't helped at all. It is so bad I have been crying on and off all day. It is only on the right side of my head. Is this a "normal" headache? Should I try to make a dr.'s appt tomorrow?
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   RNonsense
    If it's this bad you should go to emergency tonight! Don't fool around with bad headaches...
  4. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    If it's this bad you should go to emergency tonight! Don't fool around with bad headaches...

    I second that advice....no one should have to been in pain like that. Get your self checked tonight!! And keep us updated, please.
  5. by   derby13
    My boyfriend has been trying to get me to go all day (he is an EMT-Intermediate/firefighter)... grrr... unfortunately I go to school in a REALLY small town with a hospital of death. However, there is a really good university hospital maybe a little over an hour away. I would rather head there! Do ya'll really think it's that serious???
  6. by   deespoohbear
    Chances are it is probably a migraine or a sinus infection/headache. But if you are hurting that bad, why would you want to suffer for another 8-10 hours? I say if your boyfriend is willing to drive you to the hospital of your choice tonight, then take him up on it. If your head hurts so bad that you are crying then you probably need examined. Plus you can get something stronger for your headache and hopefully get some relief. Good luck.
  7. by   RNonsense
    Yeah...let us know ok?
  8. by   derby13
    Thanks for all of the quick responses! We actually live 3 hours apart, so I would have to drive myself. Am currently in the process of deciding...
  9. by   RNonsense
    Is it smart to drive with that bad of a headache?? I think you should go closer, or get somebody to take you.
  10. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by RNonsense
    Is it smart to drive with that bad of a headache?? I think you should go closer, or get somebody to take you.
    Ditto! Your parents, or a sister or brother maybe? Because if you do drive yourself the ER won't give you anything that might impair your driving which in that case it probably wouldn't be worth the trip.... Seriously though you really ought to have someone else go with you....
  11. by   RN2B2005
    Ask a friend, relative or even a neighbour to drive you to the better hospital, or request an ambulance transport to the local hospital and then request a transfer. ADVOCATE for yourself.

    Seriously, the first time I ever went to the ER for a headache, it turned out that I actually was a having a stroke, albeit a small one, at age 26. I was very, very lucky. Even if it's not that serious, you need to be seen if the pain is so bad you're crying.
  12. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Go to the big ER and get checked, it's most likely a bad sinus infection. I had one so bad, that it seriously hurt the OUTSIDE of my head to lie on a pillow. Some pain meds and serious p.o antibiotics and within a day or so I felt like a new girl.
    Get someone to go NOW and take you!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Let us know what happened when you feel better, okay????

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