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Dr. Dan B.
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My 90 year old mother received a flu shot yesterday, and

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Hello, my 90 year old mother received a flu shot yesterday, and seemed fine. Today she came home at 2:00pm and said she was having a migrane. I asked her if she had ever had one before, and she said no, I asked how she could be sure that this was then in fact a migrane, and she said that her father got them all the time. She has been in bed now for 4.5 hours, awakened to vomit three times with an upset stomach. She says that she hurts from the back of her neck, all the way through the right side of her head. She can reach out and grab my hand, but when asked if she could follow the slow movememt of my hand with her eyes, she said "no that it hurt to try." She is also very shakey, and it's very hard for to hold a cup of water. She is cold and wrapped in a blanket at 76 degrees. This is not the usual MO for this woman! Do I let her sleep it off, or do I call 911, and she will NOT appreciate that! But I can take the heat if I have to... Thanks for your help, ***** *****
Doctor DanB : Hello and thanks for your question. Are you available to chat?

yes thank you

Doctor DanB : Everything you described can be consistent with a migraine headache. It is not uncommon for people to go through most of their life never having had a migraine and then to have one. However being 90 years old and never having a migraine before it is quite unusual. The other unusual part of the story is the fact that she is having a temperature problems which makes me think that she's possibly having fevers. Taking all this into account together, I do recommend she be seen by a physician soon. By soon I mean within the next several hours to one day at maximum.  If she cannot go to be seen by her primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic, then I do recommend taking her to the ER. Does that make sense?

Yes it does thank you very much

Doctor DanB : My pleasure. Do you have any other questions about this?

Not at this time thank you. I will watch her carefully if not better soon then off we go!!!

Doctor DanB : Okay then. Good luck. Your feedback is important to me and will help me improve my encounter with future customers.  Please rate your encounter with me by providing feedback; any positive feedback and/or bonus you may feel prompted to provide would be welcomed and is appreciated.  If you feel like your concerns are not resolved or you have a problem or issue with anything I have said or haven’t said, please don’t issue a negative feedback rating—My goal is your satisfaction and I would rather work together to solve your concerns, until you are satisfied, than have you leave our encounter unhappy and unsatisfied.  My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry! 
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