"Ongoing migraines"

About: Leicester General Hospital / General medicine Leicestershire and Lincolnshire

(as the patient),

Having had on-going migraines 15+ a month, always had an adverse affect to fluorescent lighting that has a detrimental effect on my daily life.

A months ago, developed a new type migraine with slurred speech, mobility affected and any lighting was intolerable, -very frightening. Did not wish to go to A&E as it is brightly lit. After 6 days, with no real improvements, decided to go A&E whereby Triage admitted me, stating migraine, tender stomach constipation with water infection.

Stayed overnight - a lot better during the darkness but day time the lights were blaring as I put a sheet across my eyes - hardly speaking. Had CT scan next day which was ok - - just drank water & nothing else so unable to report on food.

Started me on Triptan but a lack of communication they did not realise I had stomach problems - apparently I found out afterwards, the records are not totally transferred over to the ward from Triage.

The discharge Nurse was very rude, gave me some tablets & I asked if they were for the water infection. She confirmed they were for my migraine and promptly told me I am discharged. I got up dis-oriented unaware of where the exit was - lighting affecting me and she stood pointing to the exit, not saying anything, with a nasty facial appearance, who couldn't care less of my care.

Had various appointments with GP's as migraine still lingering, though not as intensive but plenty of pressure top of head, behind the eyes, and electrical zaps now & then. I feel the GP is useless - in desperation went to Optician who gave urgent referral eye clinic, who within 30 minutes diagnosed auto-immune problem.

This is linked to the other story "auto-immune".

Needles to say, I have changed GP's after 15+ years of not helping me.

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Response from Laura Mort, Communications Officer, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Dear Female,

We are really sorry to read about your experience, it does sound rather disorientating and frightening.

We would like the opportunity to look into your concerns about the pain relief and discharge processes, but will need a little more information to direct this to the right people.

If you wish for this to be followed up, please send your name, DOB and address, along with the details of the ward you were admitted to at the General, we will liaise with the matron and service manager for you. Please send this to communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Best wishes

Laura Mort

Communications Team

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