‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.
Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.
This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on Wednesday 24 July, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.
Read the expert response by Dr Dennis Chan, consultant neurologist:
Dear Spire, I haven’t been feeling the same for quite a while now, I am having headaches an light headed feeling, a week ago head a really bad headache I can’t even describe it, to the extent that it made me feel sick. I am also experiencing weakness and pin and needles. Can you help? What is this that I am experiencing? I just don’t feel right. Claire, Horley.
Dear Claire, while it is clearly difficult to come to an exact diagnosis without knowing more about the headache (eg how long have you had it, whereabouts in the head is it, what makes it better or worse? etc) the presence of nausea would make migraine a possibility.
However in the light of the symptoms described it would be very important for you to seek medical advice fairly urgently and it is likely that you would need to see a specialist for full assessment and investigation, including a brain scan. Please call Spire Gatwick Park Hospital to make an appointment if you would like an initial consultation to discuss in more detail on 01293 778 906.