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I woke in the night with a severe right side headache which

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I woke in the night with a severe right side headache which made me feel rally nauseous and my body was cold and clammy it was much worse than my normal migraines is there any cause for alarm it caused me to miss a whole day as I was unable to function and just took a lot of pain killers
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this excellent question

There is definitely cause for alarm.

This is basically the "worst headache of your life" scenario.

Any headache that is this severe. Plus any headache that wakes you from sleep should be urgently evaluated.

It is concerning for a hemorrhage or brain bleed.

I would get to the doctor today and have this checked ASAP


I hope this helps.

If you have more questions, just reply. :)
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

i do suffer with migraine and have been woken in the night several times in the past but this is definately the worst
i have vistied a & e before and they could do nothing except shine lights in my eyes which did not help the situation at all

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
I'm sorry they didn't do anything Janet

This needs checked though. I would request a CAT scan
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


ive had one alreadt


it seems whoever I ask for help cannot help me


i was really terrified in the night as the pain was so bad

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
I'm really sorry about that Janet. That sounds very scary.

Your GP should be able to help you too.

The doctors there don't seem to be taking you seriously. That must be very frustrating.

I would encourage you to keep trying though. As the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease :)
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
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