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Jayjaay
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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 2/17/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Just saying hello as the thread for new members asks. I've had episodic anxiety issues, I suppose depression triggered, for years and it has recently cropped up again but with new symptoms. After feeling unusual pressure in my temples, ears, eyes and other sinus areas for a few days but no mucus or cold/allergy symptoms I was getting more and more concerned.

Since it wasn't a symptom I was familiar with I of course wanted to chalk the anxiety up as actually being a justified response to something serious going wrong with me. Tonight sitting in my office alone and getting into full blown panic attack territory I took one of my last few valiums, and eventually googled "temple pressure" which had an old thread from here as one of the top results.

What a relief it was to see someone talking about nearly identical symptoms that are attributed to jaw clenching in ones sleep, which I certainly do. I also rub the roof of my mouth behind my front two teeth with my tongue in my sleep, enough that its sore all day. I've been sleeping with a mouth guard for teeth grinders, which may be encouraging the clenching although I'm not sure.

Anyway, checking out the forums here was very encouraging to me in a strange way. Made the anxiety seem smaller. And at least now I'm reasonably confident that my ears and temples aren't going to explode turning my head into a lawn sprinkler. Now to figure out how to work on this jaw clenching. There is a vague dizziness that I find the most annoying about this whole episode. Anyway, thanks all, glad to have found this site.

Jay

Becky77
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Date Joined Dec 2005
Total Posts : 1768
   Posted 2/17/2010 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Jay!

I have more issues with depression, but I have anxiety also. I clench and grind my teeth, and am supposed to wear a mouth guard, but it's hard to do when you are congested, so I usually don't put it in. I wake up sometimes with some jaw pain and headaches because of it. Also, I bite my tongue and sometimes cheeks in my sleep...but there's no mouthguard for that, lol!

I've had a few anxiety attacks, and I usually have some dizziness...it kinda feels like when one of your feet falls asleep but it's in my entire body...very bizarre when it happens, but it's good to know that it's a normal part of panic attacks.

I'm glad you found this site too! It's good when you have a strange symptom that you don't want to run to the doctor over.
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Jay,


I have Anxiety and Depression and was first dx with these mental health issues in 1982. I have had some really good years, worked full time for 26 years and also had some bumps in the road but finding this site was a blessing for me also.


This is a great site. I hope you stick with us and I look forward to getting to know you better.

A warm welcome to HealingWell.

Kitt

SSCC1011
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 2/19/2010 12:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Jay...welcome!! I know exactly what you mean...I noticed that I will clench my jaws together and grind my teeth when i get anxious and that leads to pressure in my temples and a tingly feeling in my forehead that drives me nuts!!! when i catch myself doing it i just try not to lol...i have no idea if i do it in my sleep though no one has every told me that i do...but anyways again welcome & you should keep coming back here for support its a great site to just come and talk about whats going on with you or even vent about what has happend...Its just great!!! I <3 it!!
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