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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there i am new here i really hope someone can help me.
I live in South Africa so its 3 in the morning here and i cannot sleep.When i went to lie down in bed this feeling of pressure and heat in my head started i thought it would pass but it did not.It kind of felt like a intense head rush.
But if i sit or stand up its much better.But of course i started to panic thinking i am having a stroke or something.
My neck is very tense as well.Should i go to the ER?
I am really freaking out.
Any help would be very appreciated.

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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/18/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
You'll have to make the decision about the ER on your own, but if you're able to contact a doctor he or she would be the best person to ask. If you go to a certain physician regularly you might be able to call him or her up and get through to someone on call. Or you could call the hospital and ask them.

Having a headache that's effected by your posture is common. If you've been lying down, sitting or standing up causes a drop in blood pressure as blood pools in your lower extremities because of gravity. Your body responds by constricting blood vessels (and increasing your heart rate) to quickly maintain regular circulation. We know that the blood vessels in our brains play a major role in the experience of a headache. So it stands to reason that a change in blood pressure, blood vessel constriction or dilation, as well as other considerations can be headache triggers. What I mean to say is that your experience doesn't sound particularly abnormal.

You should be thinking about whether you've had headaches in the past and how this one compares in its severity and overall effect on your body. If your only essential symptom is head discomfort then you probably need not worry so long as it stays at a tolerable level. If it significantly worsens or persists for an abnormally long period of time then you should seek medical care/evaluation. You really are the best judge as to how much your body is being affected by this problem. Try to evaluate your overall level of distress aside from the worry that you're experiencing due to your abnormal (for you) symptoms. Again, if you can, there's no harm in asking the advice of a doctor.

Good luck,
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   


Are you around? Did you contact a doctor? How are you feeling now?




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