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abeltyukov
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   Posted 11/15/2006 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I am an 18 year old male and in good physical shape. I have no prior medical history. One day at about the end of July, I started getting dizzy, lightheaded, and developed pressure in the head. These symptoms came on suddenly, without any warning. I was taken home from a friend's house as I was feeling terrible. A lot of it was probably the fact that I did not know what was happening, so I was getting worked up (numbness, fast heart beat, etc.). Anyways, I went to see the doctor the same day, who put me on torprol and zoloft, thinking it was anxiety (at this point, I had a high blood pressure, approx. 150/110. My usually blood pressure before this was 110/70). I was still very nervous and could not get my heart settled down. A few days passed and the symptoms did not really get better (the same head pressure, sweating, fast heart beat, numbness, etc.). Many of the times, I felt like I was at the verge of fainting. So I went to the emergency room where they did a CT scan on me. They said that everything was fine with the CT scan and nothing was abnormal. They sent me home after running an IV and giving me medicine that calmed me down. I still had high pressure-feeling in the head so I went to my general physician. They did all sorts of tests on me, including urine, blood, and EKG. Nothing was out of the ordinary. So he continued to think it was anxiety. I started doing relaxing exercises (breathing, autogenic training, etc.) which seemed to help. After several weeks, the symptoms diminished and I started feeling better. After that, I went to college. I still have some of the head pressure here, on some days it is severe, while on others it is practically non-existent. I saw the doctor here and asked to get an MRI done but he said that he did not see a need to based on my history.

I was wondering if this sounds like it could be a migraine headache or even a brain tumor or whether it is just anxiety causing physical symptoms. Should I urge the doctor to get an MRI again? If so, how would I ask him about getting one done?

The pain differs in location pretty much. For the most part, it is either in the back of the head (usually more on the righthand side) or on the top of the head. If you were to look at the head from a bird's eye view, it will be in the center and shifted to the right a bit. No real numbness though, but sometimes I get a similar sensation on my forehead, but I really do not think that it could be classified as numbness.

I think I am working myself up way too much and it is interfering with my daily routine. Whenever I get an onset of such symptoms as I have mentioned, usually 2 ibuprofen seems to really reduce the symptoms. Right now, I also feel like a have a little fog in my left eye. I am thinking this could be due to the fact that I am working myself up so much. Is that a reasonable conclusion?

If I do have this headache/pressure, when I go play tennis or do any other physical activity, I usually feel it less, sometimes, the same, but it never gets more intense.

Right now, my left eye is giving me some vision trouble (a little blurry, not much though). If I close my right eye and only look through my left eye, it is only slightly blurry and it sometimes refocuses for a second.

To give just a little more background, I am currently taking torprol, which is for high blood pressure. I started at taking one pill twice a day and am now taking half a pill once every other day. I am also taking antibiotics (minocin) for my acne. Could any of the mentioned medicine be also causing some of the symptoms I am experiencing?

Also, people have told me that I might be having migraines. However, I thought that migraines caused a throbbing-type pain rather than a pressure-like/dull type pain. Is that correct? I have the pressure-like/dull type pain.

about the torprol, the doctor told me to taper off slowly and this is the final stage before I stop taking torprol period. I was not aware of the fact the ibuprofen contracts what torprol does. When I told the doctor that I took ibuprofen when I had the pressure-type/dull type pain, he didn't say anything about the two medications conflicting with one another.

I have been taking minocin for about 1 month now. I take one pill twice a day. The doctor told me to take this medicine for one month and then come back for a check-up.

One of the symptoms that I am experiencing I have a pretty hard time explaining. I can feel this more when I lay down then when I am standing or sitting. I think this is the best way to put it: when I lay down, every time my heart beats, I feel it all over my body. It's like a pulsating sensation.

I also wanted to add that I am applying the topical cream benzaclin.


Currently, I have a little bit of a headache, a slight vomiting sensation, as well as slight blurriness in the left eye.


Thank you very much for your help,
Alex

heydudeyeah
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   Posted 11/15/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, this actually sounds a little familiar to whats happening to me. My headaches are more tingly, and fuzzy and light headed compared to your usual headaches. It usually stays like that, but sometimes switches to the back of my head, or to one side or the other. And also, my right eye gets kinda blurry, more nearcited. For me, it usually goes away in the morning, but comes back later on. If anybody has any info on either one, that would help. Thanks.
   Btw, im thinking maybe it has something to do with high blood pressure or something of the sort, cause i started taking NO (nitric oxide) shortly before this all began

Annuk
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   Posted 11/16/2006 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi abeltyukov,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you are having to go through this. You usually get a number of different symptoms including fits, and then the headache is usually the last thing you experience with a Brain Tumour. So I don't think you need to worry about that!!

Anxiety/Panic can do awful things to you and was probably the thing that has made it worse. There may be drug interactions here but unfortunately I am not qualified to comment on that. It would probably be a good idea to discuss this with your Doctor.

Please let us know how you get on, take care

Ann

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 11/16/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alex,

Welcome. I'm sorry you're going through a tough time right now.

You're questions sound like excellent questions to ask a doctor. The symptoms could be anything including withdrawal symptoms from the blood pressure medication, migraine headaches, or tension headaches. I'm not qualified to say either.

I have found that sitting and having a good discussion with my doctor about my concerns, my symptoms and what I'm feeling helps put my mind at ease. I will often write my questions down and take them with me, in case I forget when I'm there.

I also talk to both my doctor and the pharmacist when I get my prescriptions filled to find out about side effects and drug interactions. I sometimes search online for the drug information to ensure I know what I can take with that medication and so that I know what to expect in side effects.

If I experience a change when I start a medication or come off it, I go back to the doctor as well. Often it's a side effect that will go away but then I can be sure that it's not something serious that will have more serious effects later.

Good luck. Let us know how it goes.


Nicky
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abeltyukov
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   Posted 11/19/2006 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the support! I will be going to my general physician on Tuesday and I am hoping to get a referral from him to a neurologist. I am guessing that he will be reluctant to give me the referral, so I was wondering what I would say to him to pursuade him to give me the referral.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!


Thank you,
Alex

Annuk
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   Posted 11/19/2006 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alex,

I wish you well for Tuesday seeing your Doctor. It maybe you need to impress on him how your headaches have an impact on your day to day activities. But you may find that your Doc will happily refer you on and you are worrying about nothing. Please let me know how you get on.

take care

Ann

abeltyukov
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   Posted 11/21/2006 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I went to the doctor today and he referred me to get a brain MRI and a brain MRA on Monday. So I am looking forward to that. Meanwhile, I have another concern. I noticed that when I look at my eyes in the mirror, the right now is sometimes more dilated than my left one, but sometimes it goes back to normal. I might have noticed this several months back when I first started having the symptoms but I thought it was the medicine.

I recently tapered off toprol. Could that be causing it?


What are your thoughts?


Thank you,
Alex

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/14/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear alex,

I have been experiencing very similiar symptoms that you have mentioned. I have had continual headaches begininning near the lower back of my head, going up to the top of my head, lightheadedness at times, some nausea, average heartrate of 104 beats per minute, I do feel the heartbeats  like all over my body at times. I have also seemed to feel unusually thirsty like I have to keep a bottle of water with me at all times. I also have had some tenderness in my eyes. I was wondering what your MRI and MRA showed up if anything. Please let me know asap as I have been worried if it is something more serious. I did have a brain MRI done yesterday but they said they would not have results in to my doctor for 3-5 buisness days. I hope your feeling better.

jack


Annuk
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   Posted 12/14/2006 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi jackzac1,

Welcome to Healing Well. Try not to worry about the results of your MRI. I know it is easy to worry that there may be something more serious going on but usually there is not. If it was something more serious you would have had many other symptoms by now, so try not to worry.

Please let us know what result does come back from your scan, and whatever they are you have support here now!

take care

Ann

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/14/2006 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Ann,

Thank you for all of your encouragement. I hope that you are right. I have lots of prayers going for me also and that makes me feel strong. I will definitely give you an update following my appointment.please keep me in your prayers.

Jackzac1


3forme
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   Posted 12/15/2006 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Please -- any helpful info will be great! I am new to this site. I have had an on going headache since 11/24/06. It came on VERY fast. It has eased some degree. It feels like someone placed a 5-6 lb. fishing weight in my head. Just a dull/pressure. I have a high pain tolerance, so as long as I know it's OK -I guess I can deal w/ it. It is getting aggrevating. I do tend to mess up on some of my words. That has been for sometime now. My kids age 20, 15, & 13 pick on me. I am 38 and have NO health insurance, so I can't run to the Dr. I work at as a Dental Assistant and sometimes it gets in the way of work. I haven't missed any work. What I fel also is sensations that flow from right to left. Vision at this point is fine. My husband doesn't think I should go to the Dr. because I am FINE ( I hope I am). I just need to know if it is something I hane to deal with. I do have Cold Agglutinin Disease ( CAD ). I do not go for rechecks due to $$$> Thanks & I will be praying for all on this forum. GOD is my HEALER!!!

mommyto3
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   Posted 12/15/2006 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi 3forme,

I know you don't want to go to the doctor but you really need to go! Especially with a headache that came on very fast and is not typical for you, you need to be seen by a doctor, preferably a neurologist. There are many things that need to be ruled out, and I do not want to scare you, but you do need to follow through just to ensure that it is a headache and not something else that is causing these symptoms...


Take Care...

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/19/2006 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to my doctor yeterday and received results from my brain MRI. Praise god it was negative! The doctor said there were no abnormalities.
Now I wonder what is causing my headaches, increase in pulse and heartbeats, etc..
The doctor now has me doing a 24 hour urine sample to determine if it may be something with my adrenaline glands. Does anyone know about this possibility? Any information would be appreciated.
jack

GCutter
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   Posted 12/19/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Great job hanging in there for the MRI. My doctor just recommend that I get one since I have had this rotating headache for the past three weeks. Actually, he didn't recommend it; I more or less persisted. My headache rotates around my head a bit. Most of the time, it on the left but sometimes its in the front and then at the vertz and then behind the ears. It koinda of plays with me a bit. Of course, my number one concern is that I have some sort of brain tumor. (I always think the worst, have lsight panic/anxiety issues). I just dont understand how I could have a persistent headache for three weeks now. But, I take solace in the fact that your MRI was negative. Im hoping for the same as it seems we are in the same boat. My doctor seems to think its a sinus related problem since this hwole started with pressure behind my left eye but who knows....

 


jackzac1
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   Posted 12/20/2006 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Yes,

I certainly wish you the best and will keep you in my prayers. Is your blood pressure up at all? I was noticing many reasons recently that cause headaches other than migraines, or things more serious like anyeurisms or tumors. Also, where your headaches were behind your eye, have you been to an eye doctor lately? Just curious. They are still doing other test on me mainly to find out why my heartrate and blood pressure have been up. Let me know how your MRI turns out.

Merry Christmas!


amandav
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   Posted 12/21/2006 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
hi all,
i have just been reading through everyone's posts and i hope everyone is doing well for the holidays. well, i'm 22 years old, female, and never really had headaches before (only a couple here and there that didn't bother me too much)...but recently, in the past week i'd say, i feel like i have a lot of pressure in my head, and it tends to be on my right side kind of starting in the back of my head and pulsating to the top and all the way to my right eye. the pain really only lasts a couple seconds but it has been worrying me as it has not subsided in the past few days. now i've also noticed that the pain/pressure gets worse as the day goes on and sometimes spreads to my forehead and my eyes feel tender and i get sensitive to light and just feel tired. since the pain is not intense i'm reluctant to think it is a migraine but i suspect it may be a tension headache due to stress and change of weather and daily routines. also, i went for a run yesterday and when i finished my head was pretty much pounding for a few minutes afterwards, so i've been holding off on doing any intense physical activity. i feel best in the morning but throughout the day i'll get minor pulsations, mostly on my right side and my eyes but occasionally my temples will tense up or my forehead. lastly, at night the right side of my scalp is sensitive to the touch (like when you hit a nerve and you get that weird feeling) and my head just feels sore to the touch in certain places. the pain does sometimes go down to my neck and shoulder area. right now i'm sitting in the dark trying to relax because that seems to be the best thing i can do! i took tylenol yesterday and it helped somewhat but not the greatest solution...i'm not sure if my body can handle any strong pain killers because i've had many digestive issues this past summer...also, i know migraines tend to be genetic (i think?) and my mom used to experience them from time to time. i really am hoping this is nothing serious! any similar symptoms out there?? sorry for the ramble!! thank you!!!
amanda (newcomer)

Annuk
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   Posted 12/21/2006 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi amandav,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry you have been suffering with this headache. Have you seen a Doctor about this? If not, I would suggest you do. We do not have any medical qualifications here we are all headache sufferers who try to support each other as best we can.

Try not to worry though, usually if there is anything serious going on headache is the last symptom in a long line of other symptoms. It sounds like there is some tension involved here, but you are doing all the right things to keep yourself as calm as you can. It would be best to discuss your symptoms with a Doctor though!

Take care, and let us know how you get on.

Ann

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/21/2006 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear Amanda,

I know it is easy to worry in the position that you are in. I was extremely concerned over the last few weeks, and what I have noticed my anxiety magnified all of the symptoms that I had. I would definitely utilize this Holiday weekend to try and relax as much as possible. Try to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. I would definitley try to get in front of a doctor and get their diagnosis to be safe. I had an MRI done, they said it was normal. I still have some headaches. Recently I have found many things that can cause headaches. Blood pressure, heartrate, stress, It  could be a migraine even though you may not feel the pain to be excrutiating. Where you said it is on one side and sensitive to light. But again it could be a number of things. I am not a doctor, I have been reading alot lately with the symptoms I have had. My main thing is try not to worry too much. If you would like, I will pray for you. I know God makes the difference!

Jack


amandav
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   Posted 12/21/2006 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks a lot for your support Jack, I really appreciate it. you're absolutely right, ill be sure to get plenty of rest and relaxation this weekend! and after the holidays i'll head to the doctor to make sure everything's ok! happy holidays!
amanda

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/21/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Amanda,

Your very welcome. It really helps when you have people to talk with that had similiar trials. This forum has been great for me because sometimes family and friends don't really understand what you are experiencing. Please keep me posted on how you are doing and let me know what Doctor says. Happy holidays to you and your family also!

Jack


GCutter
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   Posted 12/27/2006 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Jack and Aman,

Had the same symptoms and recently got an cat scan done...they said they found a cyst on my left maxillary sinus, Been taking Levaquin and am going to see an ent tomorrow. So my mind is a bit a ease as it doesnt seem that serious. I found that my headaches gradually disappeared once my mind was set at ease. The fear of something greater often times makes the headahces worse. Anxiety and disorder certainly come with it once the headache persists. So Im doing better over here as I hope the holiday is going well for the two of you.

Cutter

jackzac1
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   Posted 12/28/2006 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Cutter,
You are right about anxiety. When I received my results from MRI and they said it was normal, even though I still get the headaches, they have not seemd as bad thank God. I wish you the best with your treatments for your cyst. I will remebmer to pray for you.
Happy holidays to you as well.
Jack

amandav
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   Posted 12/28/2006 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Cutter,
Yes, anxiety certainly does make the symptoms worse. I have found my symptoms to be getting much better, but I plan on going to see the doctor when I get back to school in a few days (I'm home for winter break), and for now I am trying to stay as relaxed as possible. I am glad that you at least know what is wrong now, Cutter, and I hope that you are feeling better. happy holidays and I'll post back after my appointment.
Amanda

GCutter
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   Posted 12/28/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot. Been dealing with Panic/Anxiety for a couple of years now. Convinced myself of Cancer, HIV, Tumors..you name at one time or another. Refuse to believe that the mind can do all these physical things to you. However, knowing the problem is half the battle. Thanks for your prayers and its good to know that this affects the young. Hate being 30 and understanding that there may be a problem. Good luck.

Cutter

amandav
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   Posted 1/15/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone (again),
i'm not sure if anyone still visits this thread but just an update...i went to the doctor, she asked me many questions about my symptoms, performed some neurological reaction tests and is very confident that it is not something serious since i do not exhibit any neurological problems. she suspects i have been suffering from a combination of tension and migraine headaches since my symptoms do not really fall into one category alone. she prescribed me to Midrin, which i can take 1-2 pills when the headaches begin. it seems to be helping and i have a follow-up appointment in a week and she said if i'm still experiencing pain that she may prescribe immitrex. i am very very relieved and can now get on with my life! i hope everyone else is doing well and thank you for all the support!
much love,
amanda
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