Post Edited By Moderator (tysmyboo) : 9/21/2009 9:05:02 PM (GMT-6)
My head pressure has been going on for 5 years, and like the OP, eating and exercise have a definite effect. It seems that "during" the eating process, my pressure lessens and I tend to feel a lot better. about 30 minutes AFTER i'm done eating, however, the pressure comes back a lot worse. It seems that a "busy" digestive system--after a large meal, for example--makes the head pressure worse.
Similarly, if I'm doing strenuous exercise such as running, the pressure becomes almost unnoticeable, but once that grace period goes away, it comes back with a vengeance. After strenuous exercise it almost starts "throbbing" it gets so bad.
So I avoid rigorous exercise these days and just go with long walks, it doesn't seem to aggravate the head pressure like running does, and I do feel better for a while.
I don't think mine is caused by anxiety even though I'm an anxious person. The reason being I have lots of other symptoms that go along with the head pressure: IBS-C, visual problems, worsening fine motor skills, odd gait, lessened skin sensation, intense brain fog and fatigue, etc etc
Pelonis you and I may have a similar case, please keep in touch and let us know what the neurologist says. I'd also get an MRI of the head in your case.
It was unfortunate that some of the PCPs that I went to in the beginning were in hurry to identify stress/anxiety as the cause. And I believed it for many years. I was experimenting with anxiety medication, relaxation techniques etc. Only after years of trials, I started doubting the doctors. I started my research on the web and the approach is better now. Finding a good doctor makes so much difference. Learning it the hard way :)
My sysmptoms didn't get worse over time. Even after so many years, the intensity is same. But living with it for years without any break is making me frustrated.
I am glad that they found the cause in your case. Were you getting head pressure because of the spinal fluid? Did it involve any surgery to fix it or just medication?
Yes We may have a similar case here. I will definitely keep you informed.
Did you go to a neurologist? Any ideas from them? Did you ever get mri done?
As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, my symptoms get worse within 1 or 2 minutes of eating or drinking anything. Depending on the food, it remains like that for few minutes or few hours. Once I had a multi vitamin tablet and it drove me crazy for almost 3 hrs. If I take it in capsule form, then it won't be a problem.
I will keep your suggestion regarding Chiari malformations in mind. Thank you.