A 22-year-old student in Wales suffered a life-threatening stroke probably attributable to her contraception tablet — although docs initially advised her she was simply hung over, in keeping with a report.
Nia Phillips, a psychology student from Ammanford, sought medical recommendation when she felt a headache coming sooner or later in autumn 2019, Wales On-line reported.
She was advised the ache was most likely the results of a hangover — however docs decided days later that she truly suffered a stroke.
“I felt like I had a headache on the Friday however it wasn’t unhealthy. Then I awoke on the Saturday and it was positively a migraine,” Phillips advised the information outlet.
“I used to be vomiting, I had blurred imaginative and prescient, I used to be critically light-sensitive to the purpose the place I had to have closed curtains and an eye fixed masks on,” she added.
The then-20-year-old had deliberate on going to a ball at Royal Holloway College in Surrey however may barely elevate her head from the pillow.
“The migraine continued into the Sunday after which on the Sunday night I assumed sufficient is sufficient and rang the out-of-hours GP [general practitioner]. They advised me it’s most likely a hangover and that I ought to simply keep watch over my signs,” Phillips mentioned.
“They prescribed me with co-codamol (a combination of painkillers paracetamol and codeine) to ease the ache,” she mentioned.
Phillips took the physician’s recommendation and rested for the subsequent couple of days, however the ache continued, so her mom got here to assist her return to her house in Carmarthenshire, in keeping with the report.
“We’d gone again on the practice and I used to be so light-sensitive that I had to stroll via Studying station with a sleep masks on and my hood up,” she mentioned.
“After we obtained house, I noticed a nurse who thought it was an ear an infection as she may see swelling behind my ear however as a result of my eyes had been nonetheless so painful, my mom urged we noticed an optician. The optician was a household good friend and we had been so fortunate that she may match us in final minute,” Phillips continued.
The optician observed swelling in Phillips’ mind — and instantly despatched her to the hospital.
“I’ll all the time be so grateful to her as a result of if it wasn’t identified then, who is aware of what would have occurred?” she mentioned.
“On the hospital I noticed a advisor ophthalmologist. He thought it might need been IIH (idiopathic intracranial hypertension) initially, which is strain on the mind that isn’t massively unusual in my age group, so I used to be then despatched for scans,” the student mentioned.
That evening, Phillips was admitted to the hospital, the place she underwent an MRI scan and ultrasound of her eyeball.
“They got here again and mentioned, ‘After seeing your MRI scan, we are able to see a blood clot on the mind.’ They immediately injected me with heparin to skinny my blood as quickly as potential,” she mentioned.
“I used to be simply utterly numb and it felt a bit like an out-of-body expertise,” added Phillips, who remained at Glangwili Hospital for 2 weeks.
After she was discharged, assessments had been run to attempt to decide the reason for her blood clot.
“They advised me that in keeping with the assessments, I didn’t have a genetic predisposition to blood clots. There was additionally no identified household historical past of it and I used to be a wholesome 20-year-old,” she advised Wales On-line.
“I used to be advised that docs would by no means have the ability to clarify 100 p.c for sure why I had the blood clot however the most definitely trigger was my contraceptive tablet,” she mentioned.
“I went on the (mixed) tablet Rigevidon in 2017 on the age of 18 and I by no means had any earlier points with it. I didn’t undergo from migraines or unhealthy complications,” she added.
Phillips mentioned she didn’t understand the tablet got here with small dangers, and desires all teenagers and younger ladies might be absolutely knowledgeable earlier than selecting their contraception.
Rigevidon, one of many extra widespread sorts of contraceptive, is secure for most ladies, in keeping with the NHS web site, which says there’s a “very low danger of great negative effects” such as blood clots.
It says ladies must be fantastic to take it until they’re struggling with or have a shut household historical past of sure medical circumstances.
Due to the period of time she spent out of college, Phillips deferred her diploma for a yr and re-enrolled for her third yr at Cardiff College to be nearer to house.
“I’m actually fortunate to have actually supportive associates who I can calm down after I see and actually get pleasure from however after I come house after socializing, I can really feel that it’s actually taken it out of me whereas I by no means had that earlier than. I’m actually sociable,” she mentioned.