Dr. Max Gomez: Pregnancy And Headaches
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YOU CAN FIND US AT FACEBOOK.COM/CBSNEWYORK. A WARNING FOR WOMEN WHO GET HEADACHES DURING PREGNANCY A SIGN OF POSSIBLE MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS. DR. MAX GOMEZ EXPLAINS. Reporter: THE MAIN WORRY FOR PREGNANT WOMEN WITH SEVERE HEADACHES IS PRE-ECLAMPSIA. THE MOTHER-TO-BE HAS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND SIGNS OF ORGAN DAMAGE IN THE KIDNEYS. LEFT UNTREATED IT CAN BE FATAL FOR MOTHER AND BABY. THAT’S WHY PREGNANCY HEADACHES NEED TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. SERIOUS PAIN IN BOTH SIDES OF MY TEMPLES. VERY LIGHT SENSITIVE AND SENSITIVE TO SOUND AND STABBING PAIN LIKE AN ICE PICK TO THE TEMPLE. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT LAUREN’S MIGRAINES WERE LIKE BEFORE SHE GOT PREGNANT. THEN THEY GOT WORSE WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH HER SON EMMETT. THEY LASTED FOR FIVE OR SIX DAYS. Reporter: WERE YOU HOSPITALIZED? AT ONE POINT I WAS. I HAD BEEN, UM, THROWING UP FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS STRAIGHT. Reporter: THAT LANDED LAUREN IN THE HOSPITAL TO CHECK WHETHER THE WORSENED HEADACHES MIGHT BE DUE TO SOME NEW VERY WORRISOME CAUSES. TYPICALLY PRE-ECLAMPSIA, BUT CERTAINLY TYPES OF STROKE AN ENLARGEMENT OR BLEEDING INTO THE PITUITARY GLAND THAT EXPANDS DURING PREGNANCY, INFECTION. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT LED THEM TO LOOK AT HEADACHES DURING PREGNANCY. THE STUDY PUBLISHED TODAY IN THE JOURNAL “NEUROLOGY” FOUND WOMEN WITHOUT A HISTORY OF HEADACHES BEFORE PREGNANCY WERE AT FIVE TIMES THE RISK FOR THEIR PREGNANCY HEADACHES BEING DUE TO SOME OTHER CONDITION. IF THEY ALSO DEVELOPED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, THEY WERE 17 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE SOME OTHER COMPLICATIONS. USUALLY PRE-ECLAMPSIA. ALTHOUGH HEADACHE IS SUCH A COMMON SYMPTOM IN LIFE, CAN BE IN PREGNANCY, TOO, A SEVERE HEADACHE IN PREGNANCY SHOULDN’T BE DISCOUNTED ALTOGETHER. CHANCES ARE IT’S STILL LIKELY TO BE BENIGN AND MAYBE A MIGRAINE ATTACK EVEN SOMEONE WHO NEVER HAD IT BEFORE. IT SHOULD LEAD SOMEONE TO CONSULT WITH THEIR PROVIDER. Reporter: LAUREN WENT ON TO DELIVER WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS AND TODAY HE IS A HAPPY NORMAL 19-MONTH-OLD. I’M FEELING GREAT. I STILL GET MIGRAINES BUT NOT AS OFTEN AS WHEN I WAS PREGNANT. Reporter: MIGRAINES GET BETTER OR EVEN DISAPPEAR FOR MOST WOMEN DURING PREGNANCY BUT IF THEY DON’T, DR. ROBBINS SAYS YOU SHOULD GET CHECKED AND ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE NO MEDICATIONS THAT ARE OKAY TO TAKE DURING THE PREGNANCY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER. NO WAY OF IDENTIFYING THEM.

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