Hi everyone, happy to have found this forum! I'm 28 from Montreal, Canada.
It all started at the end of April 2012. I just woke up on a normal Saturday and felt some kind of a pressure all over my head, I got up and simply couldn't process what exactly what was going on. Had weird pulsations as well in the head. It just didn't feel like it was myself anymore. It felt like a very bad hangover. At first I thought that its due the 2 - 3 drinks I took the night before, so I decided to support it and resume my day with 2 Tylenols. A few hours in wasn't getting better and I was literally feeling that I'm about
to pass out... I was in the house and twice within the hour I was sure I'm about
to pass out, I run to my bed and lie down. Being in bed felt very good - symptoms weren't as present. The next day, same symptoms... I was basically a zombie. I seemed fine from the exterior but deep inside I wasn't really there. It's as if I was seeing life through a fish bowl, could literally stare at a wall for hours.... pulsations in the head, pressure around the head... around the eyes, sometime pressure around the nose.... I can honestly say that I wouldn't wish this to my worst enemy. I felt completely light headed and floating in a very weird way. I had very poor balance, couldn't stand for long periods of time...forget about
driving a car or even being present in a car... couldn't even stand for very long or enter a retail store... I was going nuts. Actually while standing it was the worst.... I also sometime felt some pressure around the ears - as if I was taking taking off in a plane.... but the most unpleasant was having this pression in the head - mostly in the back of the head -... it felt like im floating... totally light headed... not totally present or myself. Awful feel. Feels like a migraine, sometime headache, sometime some sinus infection, sometime I can't even describe it. I know that after browsing the forums, it seems that allot of people had similar experiences for months...
I started having some panic attacks... let me tell you that Google searches didn't help much... it was just creating crazy anxiety. It tells you the worst of the worst.
I tried taking a glass of wine, I felt that it helped me a little... then I took a second one and perhaps it was mental but it's as if it froze the head pressure for a while...but not for long.... Once the alcohol effect left, it was the same - sometime worst.
I've decided to go see a general doctor about
2 weeks later, he diagnosed me with labyrinthitis - inner ear infection and prescribed me with an ANTI-VERTIGO drug that unfortunately didn't do anything at all. The symptoms kept on going and going - The doctor said that a Scan is not required and this type of virus can last for weeks - sometime 2 - 3 months.... just try to be patient and relax.. avoid stress... He apparently diagnosed quite a few cases similar to mine over the years.
I couldn't function for work... it was torture. It's not that it was hurting, it was as If I was living with a helmet on my head..a very heavy and tight one.... the worst was explaining to people what is wrong with you. You seem totally fine from the exterior.
WEEK 3 , WEEK 4... it wasn't getting better. Seen another doctor for a second opinion.... same diagnosis..probably labyrinthitis and a scan is not required... they told me to relax.... I was going nuts! pulsations, head pressure always present. Felt like passing out very often.. scary.
The worst is not really knowing what is going on with you... and reading GOOGLE searches about
a possible tumor, etc...
WEEK 5 - Started to have better days once in a while... some gave me hope that I'm actually getting better.... but pulsations, head pressures still very much present - Felt like a zombie still... feeling that I will faint still present.. especially when entering big stores or standing up for long period of times.
WEEK 6- started to feel better... became positive. However after a little celebration and a few drinks one night, the next day I had a complete come back. Let me tell you that this specific day was probably one of the worst of my life.... I had a panic attack anxiety and started thinking that this curse would never go away.... I decided to stay away from any alcohol. It's as if everything came back to DAY 1.
WEEK 7 - Same feeling - real torture - Everything came back. No more alcohol for me after.
WEEK 8 - started to feel slightly better. however symptoms still present, just not as bad.
WEEK 9 - started having better days for longer periods... but some were as bad... very random.
WEEK 10 - some days I almost felt cured, some it was coming back out of nowhere for no special reason.
Still the same symptoms pretty much just a lighter level most of the time.
WEEK 11 - WEEK 12 - It slowly started feeling better with good days lasting for a few days. little head pression - pulsations present most of days but nothing compared to what I had to suffer weeks ago.
It was indeed going better.
WEEK 13 - I almost felt cured... most of the days I was fine, however it did happen sometime that I felt little symptoms... but the level was insignificant. I was sure its coming to an over.. my life started being normal again... work, friends, etc.
WEEK 14 UNTIL TODAY AUGUST 30TH (today) .. The head pressure came back a little for the past few days, not as bad as the first weeks but not as good as the last week- I do feel little pulsations around the head sometime as well. My eyes feel swollen, sometime I feel some pressure around the nose - a nasal thing I guess. I do usually suffer from allergies around that season (ragweed) perhaps this doesn't help as well and triggers even more.... but thank god that I DON'T feel like passing out as much.... from a scale from 1 to 10 I would say I'm at 7.5 today compared to 1/10 on the first 3 weeks.
Definitely not fully recovered, but feeling better. Its hard to cope these last few days with that pression in the head, very uncomfortable... I just can't seem to concentrate as this is over taking allot of my energy... the pulsations happen time to time as well in the back of the head... but again, nothing compared to the level of the first weeks. It's almost the fourth month....
I remember that about
one or two years ago I had a similar experience that lasted for almost a week... I felt pretty much like a zombie with weird pression in the head...but didn't experience the effects going as far as thinking that i'm going to pass out. After these few days / a week of this past experience it just disappeared and life resumed.
I'm planning to go see a doctor in the next 2 weeks to follow up, but I do feel better...but it could be even better if it goes away. I want my life back.
Anybody has had or is having anything similar?
Post Edited (Alec M) : 8/30/2012 9:19:20 PM (GMT-6)