Head pressure constant

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   Posted 12/19/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting these same symptoms, for almost a week been really worried it can be something serious like a tumor, or MS. I had panic attacks and could not sleep well for about 3 days. I finally went to the emergency room, because the pressure was starting in the front of my head behind my eyes and moving to the back of my neck, seemed to get worse when I laid my head flat on my pillow. So the hospital did a no contrast CT scan, and said it came back normal, and for me to go have a follow up check up with a MD, So today I went to the follow up appointment, she said she thinks it is from dehydration. I don't get headaches often and for some reason I am not convinced. Could the CT scan have missed something? All I can do now is search on the net and thinking I need a MRI with contrast. I am scared

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   Posted 12/20/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. I would like to suggest if you do not feel you have had a complete work-up that you seek out a second opinion.

Is there a reason you should have been dehydrated at the time of the sx?

Again do be your own best advocate and follow up as you know yourself best.

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   Posted 12/20/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I started feeling this after I started a work out regimen. And I was going to the gym everyday and I was sweating a lot. So there is a possibility of dehydration I suppose, but what really through me off about the MD is, she said she was a Neurosurgeon prior to being a MD assistant. And she said I was lucky because she knows a lot about the brain and growths and masses. And told me if I had anything like that I would be having much more serious symptoms, such as face paralysis, gait difficulty, seizures, to name a few. But what through me off about her was when we started talking about, Ct scans and MRI's and she said that mri's use radiation, well I had done plenty of research about mri's and ct scans on the web prior to getting my check up from her, and spoken with a few other doctors and they told me mri's do NOT use radiation. So it was another reason why I questioned her credibility. After Christmas I will schedule an appointment with one of their doctors and ask for a referral to a neurologist. All I can do now is have faith in God and continue to monitor my symptoms. I guess my biggest worry is that the CT scan missed something the MRI would of picked up.

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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
An MRI uses a very powerful magnetic field to do its imaging, and some people think that fields like this may not be healthy. So it may be possible that the doctor was just lumping all this invisible stuff together. Plus sometimes the contrast they use is definitely radioactive.

Anyway, if I were you I'd see if it's not your sinuses acting up. An easy way to tell is to take some ibubrofen. It's an anti-inflammatory and would help if the tissues in your sinuses were irritated and causing you trouble. I often have sinus issues that are not accompanied by headache. Dehydration also happens to be very bad for sinus.

It's that time of year where sinus troubles are common. If you tolerate antihistamines and the like, you may try one of those if Advil doesn't do anything. If neither works then I'd talk to the doctor. I wouldn't worry right now about it being anything serious, though.

Good luck to you.

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   Posted 12/21/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
So anyways I developed a new symptom was seeing halos around certain bright lights in the dark with my right eye, so I called up the nurse and she said I needed to be seen right away, So I went to a different ER than the previous one I had went to. They gave me a blood test and she did a bunch of tests on me making different expressions and checking my muscle strength in my arms legs and touch sensation on my hands and feet. I told her I had a normal ct scan at the a Different ER a week prior so she did not do another scan.. she wanted to do a spinal tap to make sure I was not bleeding I refused. She said my blood work was good my overall appearance was good, she said I passed all her nuero exams, then she assured me if I had something in my first ct they would of found it. So I asked her if she could refer me to a neurologist, she said sure. So she referred me to a neurologist and a Nuero eye doctor. Over all i feel 100% better with her diagnosis over the prior Quacks, and the referral to a neurologist makes me feel even better. I ll keep you all posted on what goes on next. God bless and Merry Chrismas
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