New type of headache - a flare or the flu?

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KerriH
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
 
I hope you are all doing well.  I know with the onset of cold weather, many of us experience an increase in pain and discomfort, so I hope you are all muddling through somehow.
 
This brings me to my question.  For the last week, I have been experiencing a new type of headache with increased fatigue.  Usually, I have a "base" headache (the mild one I've had for about a year).  But, last week my headache increased quite a bit - has become more pounding and is giving me a "heavy head" type of feeling.  I am dizzier, feel slight nausea when the headache moves to the back of my head, and have increased fatigue.  At first, I thought it might be the flu.  This was strange, as I always feel flu-like.  But, since my flu-like symptoms all increased all at once, I thought it might actually be a virus.  No fever, but plenty of increased body aches, chills, headache, and fatigue.
 
The new symptoms are not decreasing with time.  So, I either have a persistent virus OR I am at the beginning of a new type of flare.  Can anyone here tell me if they have experienced an increase in headache & dizziness and increase in body aches and chills at the onset of a flare?  I do have increased pain too, but that is normal in cold weather.  The headache is actually worse than my other pain.
 
Thank you in advance for any feedback!  I am stalling on going to the doctor to be told it is simply more of the same. 
 
Kerri

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Statgeek
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   Posted 11/7/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you been checked for viral meningitis?

Sue

KerriH
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   Posted 11/8/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   

No, I had not considered that and I have not been to the doctor since these new symptoms arose.  I thought vm had different symptoms than I have (fever, back neck pain).  I will ask the doctor about it if I go Monday.

Thanks,

Kerri


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Corrie_1
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   Posted 11/8/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Kerri...

Your quote at the bottom in your sig touched me :)

Thanks!
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All taken at night to help me sleep and stop dreaming and it still doesn't help :P
 
 


tyno3
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   Posted 11/9/2008 3:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Check out migraine. Also, I am beginning to correlate muscle relaxers to headache. Likely med related. Any recent changes in meds?

KerriH
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   Posted 11/14/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Corrie!  I'm glad you liked it.  I love many quotes by RFK.
 
Tyno3, I'm not on any medications.  But, if I ever do take any, I will keep possible headache side effects in mind.
 
Since my post, I seem to be doing better.  Well, not completely better, but the headache has lessened.  I do believe now that it is a flare.  All of my symptoms since my post have increased.  Must be winter! rolleyes
 
Take care and thanks for responding.

Kerri

Fibromyalgia

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
Robert F. Kennedy 

 



Jokat
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   Posted 11/14/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome back Kerri, Long to no read.

I am sorry to hear about the increased flare. I hope that it is merciful and quick.

I too have had the same type of symptoms increase lately. The headache as well as "burning" eyes.....

Oh well, if life was easy where would the challenge be, huh?

I hope you get to feeling better! Have a great weekend!!


JoKat
 
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KerriH
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   Posted 11/16/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Jokat,

Nice to hear from you too!  Hope all is well and you are not experiencing too many Disney withdrawls.

I have only had time to lurk a bit over the past month, as I had an aggressive deadline to meet at work.  But, that has come and gone now so I have a bit of a breather!

It does appear to be a bit of a flare, but as you said - if life was easy where would the challenge be?  If we keep very busy, I'm sure we will both make it through.

Have a good week & thanks for responding.  Hope the family is doing well.

Take care,

Kerri


Kerri

Fibromyalgia

"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live."
Robert F. Kennedy 

 


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