Migraine is caused by a complicated interaction between the brain and blood vessels in the face and head. However, there are some situations when is important for doctors to make sure that dangerous problems are not causing the headaches.
You hear a funny “whooshing” or pulsating sound inside your head with your headache. Your headache occurs with exercise, sex, coughing, sneezing or going to the bathroom.
You have other symptoms with your headache like weakness, numbness, confusion, altered consciousness, coordination problems or difficulty speaking. To evaluate if there are serious medical problems, there are basically two different ways to get an image of the brain.
A CT, or CAT, scan stands for computerized axial tomography. CT’s are often used in the emergency room to see if a broken bone or a bleed in the brain is causing problems.
You should tell your doctor if you are allergic to iodine or shellfish because you might have a bad reaction to the contrast. Arteries bring blood into the brain and veins remove it.
Both CTs and MRIs can exam these blood vessels by doing an angiogram (for arteries) and genogram (for veins). Genograms help identify if there are clots which can cause a backup of blood flow in the brain.
CTA’s and MRA’s can be very useful, but cannot see things smaller than two to three millimeters (about the thickness of two dimes). In cases when doctors are very worried about an aneurysm or other blood vessel problem, they can order a conventional angiogram.
People can develop bruises around the groin and sometimes the study can even trigger a headache. If your headache was caused by something dangerous, your symptoms would not remain the same for a long period of time.
For example, I was at the Dr yesterday, informed them that my chronic migraines had subsided since I found out I was MT HFR positive & stopped eating folic acid. Within the 1/2 hour I was getting a migraine, my speech is slurred, head pain, light sensitivity, nauseous.
You may have pinched a nerve in your back prior to, or during the x-ray and that caused the head pain. I had to take a few full body x -rays at the doctor for a spine/back problem that they wanted to check out.
Originally posted by: def tron As long as you don't mind the cancer... the headache will go away It's just that I am not prone to getting headaches, I have a balanced diet, and I had the recommended amount of water today and recently.
It's just that I am not prone to getting headaches, I have a balanced diet, and I had the recommended amount of water today and recently. You might want to talk to your doctor about it and avoid taking any more if possible.
It's just that I am not prone to getting headaches, I have a balanced diet, and I had the recommended amount of water today and recently. Originally posted by: region You may be more sensitive to rays than a normal person.
You might want to talk to your doctor about it and avoid taking any more if possible. It's almost certain that your headache is stress (psychosomatic) or possibly from over-tensing your neck muscles. Even a fatal dose of radiation is painless.
MRIs can induce currents within the body (but they are very small... just a tingling, rarely to the level of painful), but this doesn't happen real often. You would burn with minimal sun exposure and be dealing with constant skin cancers.
If this is the case though, you will know in a few days when your skin turns red and develops enormous blisters. Also, a headache caused by radiation would indicate a dose level that is fatal within a few hours -- basically it indicates that you have completely fried your brain and entire nervous system.
My finance is a radiologist, and she always tells me to avoid getting any x -rays if at all possible, I was in a wreck about two months ago and have since had 2 x -rays and one MRI on my lower back/spine and have not noticed any headaches related to these scans. The dose from a standard CT scan is significantly higher, but still, minimal increased risk.
On the other hand, as a physicist, I do think that you should have a doc's Rx before getting a CT scan... I don't agree with those radiologists and physicists out there buying a trailer and offering whole-body CT to anyone for a price.
Within a minute or two I had a moderate headache that degraded linearly over the next twenty-four hours. No headache this time, although I had a slightly sore jaw again. Yes, it's weird, and most people don't feel anything.
It's almost certain that your headache is stress (psychosomatic) or possibly from over-tensing your neck muscles. Even a fatal dose of radiation is painless. A fatal dose of radiation is painless for most people, not everyone apparently.
It's fun to see who was run off or quit in anger all those years ago. While we're glad to have you here Jim Douglas, you responded to and bumped up an 11-year-old thread.