||[Apr. 27th, 2006|01:21 pm]
The Question Club
Any doctors/med students/anyone with some knowledge of illnesses here?|
My boyfriend's been sick for the past few days, and I'm rather worried about him because I can't pinpoint what is wrong with him. His symptoms don't seem to point to your normal fever or cold. I was hoping that someone here could analyze his symptoms and give me an idea weather or not I should chill out or take him to the emergency room or something.
It started on Tuesday night. The boyfriend began to have "shooting pains," as he put it, in the back of his head and neck. The pain was so bad that he couldn't sleep, and he tossed and turned most of the night. I was sleeping over that night, and it broke my heart because I could tell how much pain he was in; my normally very "manly" sorta man was actually whimpering! He was sweating quite a bit, and I remember feeling his arm and it was very hot.
The next day the pain continued, though with the help of some pain killers it was somewhat lessened. I had to go to class and stay home that night to do homework, but he told me over the phone that he felt rather weak and would go through spells of either being too cold or too hot, as if he had a fever. He couldn't eat anything but soup. My mother (a phychiactric nurse) said it sounded like he had a bad migraine, but I've never heard of migraines making people feverish. granted, I don't think I've ever had a really bad migraine, so maybe I just don't know.
Today he still feels feverish (he hasn't taken his temperature, but his forehead feels hot) and the pain is still there. He's been unable to sit up without discomfort and has spent all day in bed. He can't even sit up enough to play any of his video games (he's a massive gamer) which makes it even worse for him. He said that the pain seems to be concentrated around one ear, so could it maybe be an ear infection? Does an ear infection normally cause the fever symptoms?
Could the shooting pains in his head just be another symptom of an otherwise normal fever? Or is the fever maybe a symptom of a bad migraine or earache? Or is it something else? I dunno, I think I might be overreacting, but I keep remembering times when I've heard about people getting shooting pains in their heads that turn out to be brain tumors and other awful things, and I don't want him to put off going to a doctor if whatever he has could be somehow serious. Maybe not as serious as a brain tumor, but still. Any ideas of what it could be?
Also, I'm going to see him tonight, and I want to pamper him and try to make him feel at least a little better, if at all possible. What makes you feel better when you're sick? Any techniques for alleviating head pain or making the feverish feel more comfortable?
(X posted to ask_me_anything)