For the past 10 days I've been bedridden (I tried to go to work 2 days last week and only lasted a few hours before nearly collapsing).
When I stand up and walk for about 30mins I get a blinding headache across my head (in a straight line above my eyebrows) and through my right eye that even strong painkillers don't ease. (On a pain scale it is definately a 9 or 10 out of 10, and I normally have a good pain threshold). It only eases up if I lie flat on my back for about 15mins or more.
If I try and push myself and stay up longer I get nauseous, dizzy and develop photophobia. My mind also becomes 'cloudy' and I find it difficult to think.
I think the headache gets worse if I'm holding a bag over my shoulder. (I went out for an hour today. After 15 mins I felt the headache coming on so I gave my bag to a friend to hold. My headache eased a little and I was able to last for almost an hour before I absolutely had to lie down.)
About a week before this started I had a bit of a fever, a slight headache and was really tired (I slept for an entire weekend; I went to sleep on Friday after work and remained in bed until I got up for work on Monday morning. During that time I was awake for maybe a total of 6 hours.) I went to the dr on the Monday and he thought I just had a virus.I've seen my dr a couple of times and he has no idea what is going on and says he has never heard of a "positional headache" like this.
I've had two CT scans of my brain which revealed 'some minimal fluid in the posterior air cell in the right mastoid'. My dr says this could cause headaches but not to the degree I'm experiencing them, and lying down shouldn't make any difference.
My dr has put me on a course of antibiotics hoping that the fluid in my right mastoid is maybe just an infection. I've been on the antibiotics for 3 days now and so far it doesn't seem to have made much of a difference.
Does anyone have any ideas? I really must go back to work (as a secretary) tomorrow and I'm terrified of experiencing more blinding headaches. I tried to force myself to stay at work last week and nearly collapsed with the pain and nausea. (I honestly thought I was dying.)
If "Dr Gregory House" was real I would go to him because I am that desperate for a solution.
p.s. I'm wondering if maybe there could be a problem with my spine or neck... (If I am unable to manage at work tomorrow I'm going to ask my dr to do scans of my back and neck. I may also ask him to refer me for a spinal tap to rule out viral meningitis.)
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