What's with my wife's headache? I'm beginning to get concerned.
Mrs. Mastershake has been suffering for a couple of months from a progressively worsening headache in her right temple and I'm beginning to worry it could be something serious.
- Increasingly severe headaches in the right temple with an occasional feeling of pressure behind her eye.
- No neuro symptoms (weakness, confusion, slurring, etc.)
- Originally brought on by cough but now seems to show up on its own
It began after a bought of the flu and originally only hurt when she coughed. It would last for a few minutes to a couple of hours and then go away. We were concerned but not overly so. My opinion was that it was just leftover from the flu and would pass on its own.
In any case, not too long after the headaches started, she went to urgent care to have it looked into. The doctor there thought there was a slim possibility that it could be temporal arteritis. This seems patantly absurd to me as my wife is only 31 and the incidence among people of her age is practically nil. Her primary care physician seems to have latched on to this diagnosis and has sent her for bloodwork which came back normal. Sedimentation rate was normal. No sign of anti-nuclear antibodies. CBC normal.
Since then, he has resisted sending her for a CT or an MRI. He sent her for a sinus x-ray which came back normal but that's about it. He sent her for the same bloodwork again and says he'll give a neurology referral if it comes back normal again.
My worry is that this could be something more serious like cancer or a vascular problem that could become very serious very fast. I feel like we need some kind of imaging work done asap to rule out the most serious possibilities. Then we can fool around with other possible diagnoses.
- Is this something that needs to go to the ER? She had a bout today that she rated an 8 out of 10 in pain.
- What possibilities are there for such a headache
- Is this a panic type situation or something where we can let the doctor take his time