Hi all, I really hope that I can get some opinions on this. This time I'm not worried about myself, but for my mom.
For many years my mom has complained about waking up, or sometimes being awoken by, painful headaches that are on both sides of the head. It started when she was in her mid to late forties and has continued since. She is 55 this year. I have always pestered her to go and see a doctor about this, for thanks to googling, Dr Google said that morning headaches can be a sinister sign.
Anyway, she did mention that she raised this issue up during her regular annual appointment with her gynecologist, and she said that her doctor said that the headaches could be related to menopause, since the frequency of headaches decreased substantially after her menopause (it has been 1-2 years since she got her last full period, though very occasionally she might have some spotting). It sounded reasonable to me so I didn't pursue it, since her gynae wasn't worried about it too.
However, yesterday, my mom woke up with a slight headache, but tried to continue sleeping and when she did wake up finally, her headache had gotten worse. Furthermore, she felt nauseous. After getting up and forcing herself to do loads of ironing where she perspired profusely, she started to feel really sick and then vomited once. But the nausea feeling went away after eating breakfast. She took a powerful painkiller called Acorxia. I don't know if the painkiller really worked, but the headache decreased to a bearable state as the day progressed, but never really went away. I was very worried and kept asking her to go to a doctor because of the vomiting, but she kept saying that she was fine and eventually got angry at my nagging.
What do you all make of this? Google told me that the most common cause for headache together with nausea and/or vomiting is a migraine, but my mom's symptoms don't seem to match it. For instance, she doesn't have phobia of lights during her headache, and her pain is dull and all over, not like the throbbing one-sided pain typical of a migraine. Given her morning headaches and this time vomiting, I am very fearful of a brain tumour and of course I would like to rush her off to do an MRI if possible.
Is it my hypochondria acting up and thinking of the worst case scenario, or is her morning headache + vomiting due to a benign cause? Please help!