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My wife has always been very healthy but lately she is sleeping

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My wife has always been very healthy but lately she is sleeping a lot and seems a bit off mentally. She as recently told me that for a while now she has head pains in her forehead and there seems to be a small pimple-like growth on the forehead. I am very worried and am setting up an appointment for her tomorrow with a doctor.

I would just like to have an idea of what she may be facing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.

Dr Basu :

Hi there, This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist. I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr Basu :

Excess sleeping can be caused by the thyroid gland disorder like hypothyroidism ( low thyroid hormone).

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

I am very concerned about my wife. She has had a small pimple like bump on her forehead and she has head pain

Dr Basu :

Also iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 deficiency should be ruled out.

Dr Basu :

The pimple like growth--is it painful and red?

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

no

Dr Basu :

ok how big is the pimple?

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

but i think it is related...she also has not been as sharp mentally...it is barely noticeable

Dr Basu :

ok

Dr Basu :

see, infection can cause commonly as well.

Dr Basu :

So that should be checked out as well.

Dr Basu :

Does she have any vision problem or weakness of the arm or leg?

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

no

Dr Basu :

ok any speech problem or dizziness?

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

no

Dr Basu :

ok good --then this is not likely a stroke.

Dr Basu :

Still high blood pressure can sometimes cause headaches.

Dr Basu :

That should be checked out.

Dr Basu :

Otherwise, this can be a migraine headache if there is no infection.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

but she sleeps alot and it is only recently and she doesnt seem quite as sharp mentally

Dr Basu :

Any insect bite or travel outside recently?

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

are you still there doctor?

Dr Basu :

I will suggest blood tests to check thyroid ( serum TSH, free T4), iron deficiency ( serum ferritin level), B12 deficiency ( vitamin B12 level), and sed rate ( to rule out any inflammation).

Dr Basu :

If these tests are normal, then a MRI scan of the brain should be considered to rule out any aneurysm, stroke, tumor or vasculitis.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

ok that makes a lot of sense.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

i am tryig to get an appointment for her tomorrow

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

how can we tell if it could be a tumor and how is that treated?

Dr Basu :

She can try Ibuprofen tablets for headache control for now.

Dr Basu :

Usually it is hard to say without a scan.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

she will take them right now.....i see....well thank you

Dr Basu :

However, if she develops seizures, vision loss, weakness of arm or leg unusual dizziness, then brain tumor is suspected.

Dr Basu :

Otherwise, this is not likely serious.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

Thank God...you have given us a great deal of relief

Dr Basu :

very welcome

Dr Basu :

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JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

So I dont think we are talking about surgery then?

Dr Basu :

not at all.

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

Thank you very much!!!

Dr Basu :

Very welcome

JACUSTOMER-51cj1ed8- :

I think we can say goodbye then

Dr Basu :

Best wishes

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