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January 11, 2014 5:20 PM Subscribe
I am 10 weeks pregnant, and have developed these sudden and excruciatingly nasty headaches when I heave. Any thoughts on how to help and what might be going on?
posted by Madamina to Health & Fitness (19 answers total)
YANAD, YANMD, I have called my nurses... and their advice in the moment was pretty much useless. I do not have a history of headaches.
About three times in the last two weeks, I have suddenly had a violent puke in the morning. By "suddenly," I mean "was calmly walking into the living room and had to turn and bolt" -- hence my inability to prevent them with my anti nausea pills (hydroxizine, which helps lessen general nausea if I have it). When I throw up, I IMMEDIATELY get the worst headache ever: I have to squeeze my head and moan for like 15 minutes. This headache then basically lasts all day. It lessens maybe a little bit, but I lie in bed with a cold cloth for like 12 hours straight.
When I called my nurses yesterday, several hours after the onset, they said to take some caffeine. I had two sips of Diet Dr. Pepper and had another puke. (Oddly, the headache lessened while I was puking.) I felt like I couldn't take painkillers all day because I worried I'd throw them up again -- and at any rate, I'm only supposed to take acetaminophen. I finally got around to taking some anti nausea pills, and ate some saltines, but I am still very dehydrated and low energy today.
Obviously, this can't continue.
So has anyone dealt with this before? Any techniques or other interventions I could use to lessen the pain that don't involve trying to swallow something? I think my threshold for "go to ER" was being dehydrated, whether from puking or otherwise, but I don't know how I would have moved (or what they would have done) if I'd tried to go during the headache portion. (My husband is here and taking good care of me.)