Severe Headache After Hysterectomy – Sharon’s Story

I had a total hysterectomy in December 2012, everything went well and I was discharged on three days later. However six days after this I was shopping in the supermarket when I was suddenly struck with a blinding headache.

It started on the left side of my head and within minutes it had traveled across my whole forehead. I was sick, the pain was unbearable, I had never experienced anything like it.

I took two paracetamol and went to bed in a dark room to sleep it off, after two hours the pain was still ferocious and I was crying and being sick. My husband telephoned the hospital and they admitted me.

I had to have an injection to rid me of the pain. I was in hospital for a further two days still suffering the headache and my only relief was to lie completely flat and not move at all. I had two CT scans and a lumbar puncture which showed nothing.

I was discharged again and whilst I was in the discharge lounge still feeling extremely poorly I felt sick and collapsed unconscious in the toilet cubicle. I was re-admitted again I continued to suffer these extreme headaches. The following day had a complete blackout . I have seen ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctors, a neurologist and a cardiologist but they are all baffled.

Two weeks on I have had a few slight headaches, but nothing major. As a result of a 24 hour ECG (electrocardiogram) I have been referred to the cardiology department for a tilt test and an echo cardiogram.

Whilst in hospital I asked if it could have occurred due to hormonal imbalance after the hysterectomy but they all said they don’t know. I would like to know if anybody else has had a similar experience.


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