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Worried About Headaches

Published: October 12, 2004
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Lately I have been gettin really bad headaches that occur at the front of my head and just above my eyes, I am always tired and grumpy and I'm a bit worried of what it could be. My mam died when I was 6 of a brain haemorrhage. I'm scared to tell any of my family about this. Please help
Signed: Worried About Headaches

Dear Worried About Headaches,

TeenHealthFX imagines that it must be very frightening to you to be experiencing these bad headaches knowing that your mother died from a brain hemorrhage. However there is a strong likelihood that these to events are not related. Most brain hemorrhages are preceded by an abrupt onset of severe headaches. The person may also vomit or loose muscle function or feeling (paralysis). Most hemorrhages occur without warning. Patients may or may not have impaired consciousness or other neurological signs depending on the severity of the hemorrhage.

 

TeenHealthFX is guessing that you are afraid to tell your family because you do not want them to worry in light of what happened to your mom. However, try to imagine how they would feel knowing that you are suffering and not being able to help. Going to the doctor and getting a diagnosis is extremely helpful because getting the correct diagnosis can often relieve us of our biggest fears. There are many different types and cause of headaches. For instance your headache could be caused by stress or as a result of a sinus infection.

 

Not knowing what is wrong with you only makes the situation worse. Let your dad know that you have been having headaches and would like to see a doctor. Although your dad may worry about you, he will want to help you and do what is ever necessary so that you feel better. Isolating yourself with this fear is only going to cause additional anxiety and stress.

 

If you would like help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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