Please tell me I'm not the only one who became a hypochondriac after starting nursing school! Every time I read about a disease process, I'm convinced I've got it, but this time I've got some real symptoms to complain about. I thought about asking my instructor about it, but decided I'd rather embarrass myself here.
Anyway, here goes. Everytime I laugh, I get this horrible stabbing pain in my head. A lot of the time I begin to feel dizzy and faint, like I might fall out of my chair. The instant I stop laughing, it goes away.
Now what on earth could be causing that?? It's driving me NUTS!
Thanks......and just send me the bill....
Nov 7, '01
If in doubt, at least see your doctor. I thought I was just having a bit of a hypochondriac episode about my headaches, so went to my physician about my 5 month history of headaches and multiple other little symptoms that I thought I was just dreaming up in my little nursing peabrain. Well, 3 MRIs, an MRA, a CT, Visual Field, and endless Blood Work later, I'm now one more pills than I've ever been on. I ended up having to go to a neurologist and an opthalmologist because I had swelling in my optic nerves which could indicate a brain tumor (all scans negative), and have since been diagnosed with intracranial hypertension, aka pseudotumor cerebri!
Soooo...even though we're known to be hypochondriacs, at least follow-up with your doctor and make sure there's nothing going on. I'm not trying to scare the begeezus out of you, but your head isn't something to laugh about. (pardon the pun)
Last edit by Jen911 on Nov 8, '01