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Hello, For the past month or so I have a persistent headache.

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Hello,
For the past month or so I have a persistent headache. Every morning I feel like I'm extremely hungover (I don't drink!) I attributed this to dehydration. I can drink water all day long and I my headache usually won't go away. Only when my urine is crystal clear does my headache go away, and then it can take only an hour or two to come back. I am not exerting or sweating that much. I use the bathroom a lot as well. I am wondering if my body just can't retain water, and why that is? I am looking to get rid of these constant headaches, which are causing other areas of my life to suffer as well.
Thanks,
Natalie

Dr. Brims :

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Dr. Brims :

I'm sorry to hear about this

Dr. Brims :

Do you take any medication?

Customer:

I take spirinolactone. I just started taking it, but this has been happening since before that.

Dr. Brims :

Do you have high blood pressure?

Customer:

no

Dr. Brims :

Why do you take spironolactone?

Customer:

it helps with my acne

Customer:

ive been on and off it for a few years

Dr. Brims :

Have you had any tests?

Customer:

no

Dr. Brims :

Did this start 1 month ago or ealier?

Dr. Brims :

earlier?*

Customer:

i'd say at least 1 month yes

Customer:

but its been happening for a while before that too

Customer:

it sjust recently gotten worse, now its a daily thing

Dr. Brims :

Any fevers or chills?

Customer:

no

Customer:

just sluggish and headaches

Dr. Brims :

Any nausea?

Customer:

no

Customer:

i did have some bloodwork done a year or two ago

Customer:

but everything was fine they said

Dr. Brims :

Did you have the headaches then?

Customer:

that time i went to the hospital for chest pain

Customer:

they said i had pleurisy ?

Customer:

so thats what the tests were for

Customer:

i felt very sluggish and weak after that for a while

Dr. Brims :

Did you have the headaches then?

Customer:

no

Dr. Brims :

Okay, when did you start spironolactone?

Customer:

this most recent time?

Customer:

a few weeks ago

Customer:

maybe it was aroudn the saem time as the headaches started

Customer:

but i dont remember it being an issue before when i was on it

Dr. Brims :

Okay, have you checked your blood pressure recently?

Customer:

no

Customer:

ive never had high blood pressure before... they always tell me its low actually

Dr. Brims :

You may have high blood pressure, and this may be the cause , it may also be from low blood pressure, I would advise you to check it when the headache occurs

Dr. Brims :

I would also recommend a blood test called a complete metabolic profile, because this may be due to abnormal electrolytes in your blood

Customer:

ok.. yes i would be really surprised if it was blood pressure

Customer:

i defeinitely just feel dehydrated a lot

Customer:

is there something besides water i could drink?

Customer:

that would hydrate better and stick with me?

Dr. Brims :

You could drink something like gatorade, it would be better

Customer:

yeah, i like gatorade, but it has high fructose corn syrup

Dr. Brims :

You can try propel water, it has no calories and has electrolytes

Customer:

another thing is if i go to bed feeling hydrated, i still wake up feeling very dehydrated

Customer:

ok

Customer:

do u know if the medication might be a problem too?

Dr. Brims :

it could be a problem, but I can't say for sure until you check your blood pressure

Customer:

are there any issues that can cause your body to not retain water besides high blood pressure?

Dr. Brims :

Yes, there are many, like diabetes, diabetes insipidus, kidney problems etc. There are many possibilities, but impossible to determine what it is based on symptoms alone, that is why I advise the blood test I mentioned above

Customer:

ok

Customer:

do i just call my dr. and schedule a blood test?

Dr. Brims :

Yes, you should do that

Customer:

alright

Customer:

thanks!

Dr. Brims :

You're quite welcome

Dr. Brims :

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Customer:

ok

Dr. Brims :

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Customer:

ok

Customer:

goodbye

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