Seeing a doctor about this headache might be a bigger headache than this headache
May 9, 2011 2:19 PM Subscribe
Chronic tension headache showed up two weeks ago and hasn't left; is it doctor time when seeing a doctor is a pain in the ass?
posted by nerdfish to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been struggling with a tension headache for two weeks now, and I'm getting fed up with it and my partner has expressed concern. If I was back in Australia I'd pop down to see a GP without hesitation, but I live in the Netherlands now and I'm unfamiliar with my health insurance. Further, it's my understanding that Dutch doctors have an HTFU attitude, so I don't want to go through the hassle of an unnecessary appointment only to be told there's nothing to be done.
It's definitely a tension headache, radiating from the back of my neck through my jaw and up to my temples. I have no nausea and no changes in vision. The muscles under my jaw and in the front of my neck are also aching, and I have a bunch of painfully raised lymph nodes in my neck. The pain is worst later in the day and at night. Earlier in the day I'm fine, but later in the afternoon I have a hard time working and I've really been having a hard time sleeping. I've been chowing down ibuprofen and paracetemol like they were candy, but they don't seem to touch the sides. I suck at drinking water, so I've been trying really hard to drink more.
So my question is: tough it out, or try to find a GP in an unfamiliar medical system? What are my pain management options other than consuming liver-destroying quantities of painkillers?