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Mike619er
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   Posted 3/14/2011 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Without getting too much into my emotional/mental state....I wanted to know if anyone has any information on why depression/anxiety causes head pressure/tingling?  That is one of my main problems lately and it's honestly the root cause of a lot of my worry/self doubt.  I can actually be performing well at work or at anthing I'm doing but the fact that I have this tingling feeling on the top of my head, or the rubber band feeling around my temples and  the back of my head will totally pull me from an ok state of mind to worrying about my health/sanity.  It's such an odd feeling that I've never had to deal with before in my life before these anxiety/depression problems.  The feeling of the head tension/tingling totally make me panic and cause my mind to race about all the possibilities that could cause it.  I keep getting this ridiculous thought which Im not even sure if it's a fact (i dont want to double check and go back and read up more on bipolar/schizophrenia), that headaches that are more towards the back of your head/neck tend to be that in which someone who is bipolar/schizo would suffer from.  This could be a thought that I absolutely just made up, but back when I first was diagnosed as being "mentally ill" or having an imbalance, this is something that I'm almost positive was something I read.
 
Anyone have any info on these types of headaches?  Are they really worth all the worry/attention/fear that I give it?

Tirzah
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   Posted 3/14/2011 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike,
It's probably just a stress headache (aka, tension headache). When we're under a lot of stress, our blood vessels tend to constrict & our muscles contract.

Headaches can occur in many different areas of the head. The ones at the back of the head are often related to tensing up the shoulders. You can quietly notice whether you seem to be shrugging your shoulders up the next time you feel pain in the back of your head. If that's the culprit, you could try practicing progressive relaxation. There are some great online descriptions/videos of how to do progressive relaxation. Besides that, you might find the ThermaCare patches for the neck to be helpful with muscle tension.

To manage blood vessel constriction, you can use deep breathing, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeine (though at first that may worsen the headaches), and managing stressful events.

Try those strategies out for 30 days. If they don't help, maybe it's worth a trip to the neurologist for diagnosis/prescription headache medicine (I really don't think you have schizophrenia. You would have MANY symptoms other than a headache. But to put your mind at ease, schizophrenia presents in a person's 20's. If you're that age, ask a couple friends/family members if they have seen you present with any other personalities. If you're age 30+, put it out of your mind. Trust me, someone would have mentioned it to you by now. ;).

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 3/14/2011 4:59:19 PM (GMT-6)


Mike619er
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   Posted 3/14/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm 25 so I'm pretty much prime time age for that to start showing itself lol. Going to be 26 this June so hopefully I'lll make it out of my 20s without losing my mind :)

I'll have to look into thermacare patches, never heard of them but it's probably definetly worth looking into.

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   Posted 3/14/2011 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
lucky you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol. hoping your headaches pass soon. with compassion, jamie
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/14/2011 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike,
 
I am going out on a limb here and I do not mean this in a critical way but in a helpful way.  If feels to me like you are stuck in major Health Anxiety. 

People with Health Anxiety fear that bodily symptoms may indicate a serious illness. Constant self-examination, self-diagnosis, and a preoccuption with one's body.Many individuals with Health Anxiety express doubt and disbelief in the doctors' diagnosis, and report that doctors’ reassurance about an absence of a serious medical condition is unconvincing, or un-lasting. Many people with Health Anxiety require constant reassurance, either from doctors, family, or friends, and the disorder can become a disabling torment for the individual with health anxiety , as well as his or her family and friends.

I know I have read many of the same questions and concerns in your posts which cause me to be concerned about you.  It feels to me like therapy would be good idea for you.  We have a free online therapy so finances is not a problem with this course.

CBT threads -

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=734325 
 
Good Luck and I hope you are receptive to some of the suggestions to the members ideas to help you through this tough time.

~~Kitt~~
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 3/14/2011 5:05:40 PM (GMT-6)


Mike619er
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   Posted 3/14/2011 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you're definetly onto something there, I have panicked about potential health problems a lot in my life. When I was younger I was so scared and thought I had syphillis lol. I was 12 and had never had sex at that time, which I'm sure hopefully any 12 year old hasn't, so that was completely impossible. But I was pretty darn terrified for like a month thinking I had the symptoms of it. Never really had another major flare up after that besides the absolute fear of being put under by anostesia, which I had to do a couple of times so I overcame that fear of potentially dying from that. Another time that my health anxiety spiked was about 6-7 years ago when I got Fifth's Disease. I was in so much pain in my joints and I couldn't even get out of bed. Doctors didn't know what was wrong with me and they sent me to a specialist (i forget which type) but they specialized in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus.

They did some bloodwork and some tests, and honestly I almost had a heart attack after the first results came back positive for Lupus. I went home and started googling it and I was completely panicking about the life that I was going to have in front of me if that was the case, it was almost too much to take at the time. Then I just got the bloodwork taken again by the specialist's recommendation and it came up negative. I honestly forget how they came to the diagnosis of Fifth's Disease but the sympstoms lasted only for about a month after that I was fine. But man was that a pretty rough time in my life definetly. That was honestly the only time that I ever took a week off from work ever lol. And that wasn't even by choice, my boss demanded that I stay home because she saw how much pain I was in. I've always had that stupid guilt/complex of not wanting to let people down so I just always tough it out and suck it up and try and get what I need to get done finished. But it was nice to have a cool boss back then who was actually lookin out for me.

But anyways yea I think you may be onto something here, but the only problem is if it was just health anxiety, why do I HAVE the symptoms!? Like before with my health anxiety, I actually showed the symptoms of having lupus, or in the syphillis case all I had symptoms of was red hands (which were from me washing my hands neurotically about 10 times a day lol). So why do I have the weird thoughts, the sleepless nights, the depression, the shaking hands? I feel like it can't be just from health anxiety because my health anxiety would need a symptom or two to fuel it wouldn't it?

I know I've probably posted this up a million times but my depression/anxiety hit me when I was in a communications/psychology class in college about 2 years ago now. We were talking about people who have social disorders/mental illness and I started telling myself that some of my thoughts or actions were a lot like some of the people that we were reading about. Granted I never did anyting nearly near the stuff that we were reading about in the textbook, but I would magnify my actions or thoughts in the past and then presume that eventually it would lead to that sort of behavior. about 2-3 weeks into the class is when it hit me and I couldn't deal with it. Immediately in class my thoughts took over, I was no longer in control. They spiraled completely out of control on me, manic (what seems to me like manic) depressive thoughts just going through my head non stop. The lights started bothering my eyes, I walked out of class in a complete panic and picked up my books n just left. THe whole walk to my car was completely frightening. The sounds sounded all muffled and strange, like someone had a pillow to my ears or something. Felt unbalanced, uncoordinated, just felt totally off. I have a lot of these same physical complaints to this day. The lights still bother me big time, and sometimes sounds will sound odd to me. But I guess I've gotten pretty used to these mild annoyances.

Anyways, just thought I'd air all this out on the health anxiety topic and see if maybe you guys had any input on that? Perhaps the class/topic/books is what triggered it for me? Maybe I started self diagnosing myself from the chapters on antisocial/criminal behavior? Pretty pathetic that I even compared myself to the stuff I was reading.

One question I did have though Kitt, when I do the CBT on that site how much should I do a day? I'm very bad with helping myself ever since I've become "mentally ill" or whatever you want to call it. I'm in such a rush to get better, I'm fighting with all I got to try and return back to my old self. Last time I did the CBT I was doing it for like 2-3 hours and I felt like I was just on CBT overload and like it was just taking over my life. I don't want to become somebody who has to repeat mantras to myself to get myself through each and every day, if that makes any sense? I just want to get back to being able to go about a normal day in which I don't question my sanity or my thoughts. Just to live in the moment for a day, and just roll with the punches. I haven't done that in sooooo long. Getting so fed up.

Thank you guys for bearing with me though, I know I keep posting and posting and posting and it's probably bothersome for you guys to not really see me improving. But I hope you guys know I appreciate the help and I do want to improve, I really do. It's just I've lost the intelligence or ability to do it. Used to be such a smart guy and so in tune to exactly what was going on. Feel like I'm slipping and am pretty much completely clueless about everything not involving myself. I'm so in tune to myself it's not even funny, but have no idea what is going on around me with friends/family/news/sports/anything. I'm just so focused on me and getting myself right. It's egotistical and selfish and annoying, but I can't snap out of this. I'll give the CBT a try though, thanks again.

livenlaugh
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   Posted 3/14/2011 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mike...We have alot in common. There was a time in my life where I was completely obsessed with my health. I had three episodes. The first one was in my late teen/early 20's. I suffered from Anxiety and I had what I called the "shakes" where I literally shaked uncontrollably. And I also had migraines that manifested itself as dizzy spells. They tested me for seizures but ultimately it was migraines. The next thing was when I was 26. I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. I went through 5 weeks of radiation treatments then multiple CT scans for 5 years. That was 12 years ago. I currently experience stuff as a result from the treatments such as GERD (currently, I am worried that it will turn into throat cancer). I also have a higher chance of Breast cancer and hearlt disease. I overanalyze my body's signals and anxiety arises. There was a point a couple of years ago that I would take my temperature two to three times a day and I knew that it was irrational but did it anyways. Now I have Fibro and I overanalyze pain. I spent the night at the hospital thinking that it was my heart but it was the Fibro. I guess what I am trying to say is that your mind can get away from you and you can experience the symptoms even if the problem is not there. And with the anxiety and depression, I don't consider it a "mental illness" but just something that I need to live with and find things that help me. My therapist and psychiatrist are wonderful and help me see this as a part of who I am and ways that I can do to help myself so I can enjoy my time with my friends and family. I hope I am not preaching but helping you. Please take care of yourself. I am rooting for you!
Lisa

Tirzah
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   Posted 3/14/2011 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitt,
Looks like you edited my post -- though I can't figure out what you changed. Did I break one of the rules? If so, it'd help if you let me know which one so it doesn't happen again.

thanks!

getting by
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   Posted 3/15/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
What is wrong with a mantra? You can repeat it in your head. You wanted to learn about meditation at one point. The mantra only brings you back to a calm state. It is natural and no pills involved. The mantra just slows down your breathing and brings you back to the now. Don't give up on meditation so quickly.

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stkitt
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   Posted 3/15/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Sometimes when I go to edit or add a title to a thread I may hit the wrong members post  and all that shows up is "post edited".  If I change or add something I will post it to you so this was just an oops.  I see I did an edit below yours a couple down.
 
No problem,  you post was fine.
 
Thanks for understanding.
Kitt
 

 
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