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2 1/2 years misdiagnosed asthma

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  • Posted By: kewltink
  • July 10, 2009
  • 05:56 PM

In 6th grade, I started getting really bad, debilitating headaches in the back of my head. My dad always got migraines (which weren't really migraines, but ended up being a pineocytoma, or benign brain tumour), and my aunt gets period headaches, so we figured they were either hormonal or migraines. I went to my doctor, who said that I was getting headaches from depression, and she had me go see a counselor. I went to the counselor foor about 3 months, then she told me I was fine, that I wasn't depressed. Yet the headaches continued.
I went to the doctor again, and she told me I was stressed from school, that the headaches would get better over the summer.

They got worse, so I saw my doctor again, and she told me to drink more water, that I was obviously dehydrated. At this point, the headaches had been going on for about a year. Any time I took painkillers or aspirin, they pain in my head would increase.

About halfway through my 8th grade year, my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which had been causing his headaches. We feared that a tumour could be causing my headaches, too, so we brought them up yet again at my spring sports physical. We told my doctor about my dad, and she showed the same fear, so she decided that at the end of the appointment, if she hadn't found a concrete diagnosis, she would refer me to a neurologist for further examination.

At that appointment, while checking my lungs, she heard me wheezing. She gave me a quick breathing treatment with Albuterol, and the headache which had plagued me for 2 1/2 years all but disapeared. However, the headaches still come, and they occasionally don't get better, even with my treatments for asthma.

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