Your symptoms sound SO much like mine! I've had pressure in my head and the pains that you described in my head, neck, and face since Nov. 1. I've had MRIs and all sorts of other tests, and no one, not even a neurologist, could tell me what was wrong. I spent several hours every day on the internet, trying to find anything that would tell me what was wrong with me! Finally, after 4 months, I found Occipital Neuralgia. A man on this website told me he was given Cymbalta (an antidepressant) for it, and it really helped him. So I told my dr. about it, and she thought it was worth a try. I had said many times that it felt like my head was being blown up like a balloon, and within 30 min. after taking the first Cymbalta, it felt like someone had opened up the end of the balloon and let just a little bit of air out! I've been taking Cymbalta for 5 months now, and I still have some head pressure and still have to be careful what I do (I can't lift anything heavy, can't wear 1" heels...) but I can live with my condition now - I couldn't before! But I don't want to just live with it - I'm hoping to find out what's wrong and fix it so that I can go off the medication some day.
I've had a lot of different symptoms during the last 9 months, but one of the strangest has been my freezing cold nose! It only started about one or two months ago, and I didn't know if it was from the nerve problem or the Cymbalta. But it sounds like you're experiencing the same thing! Sometimes I walk around with a tissue or cloth on my nose, just to try to get it warm. What a weird symptom! I just hope it's not a dangerous one!
Please let us know what happens after your visit with the dr. This board has been so helpful to me, just knowing that other people are going through the same thing. I had never heard of anything like this before I had it, and I thought I must be the only one in the world to have it! Even the neurosurgeon looked at me like I had either lost my mind or I was terribly depressed. (When I described how my head would hurt on the left, then in the back, then on the right, etc., he said, "A headache doesn't move - it stays in one place." Someone needs to tell my head that, because it obviously doesn't know!)
Hope you get some answers soon!
Ang - I second the thought that I wish every doctor who treats patients with headaches would have just one bad migraine. I bet our treatment would get faster and better if the doctor had to suffer like we do. I am lucky in the fact that my neurologist's wife has migraines so he is understanding a little more than others.
Hope you are all having a headache free day. The barometric pressure is rising here in Georgia so I am sure that means a migraine sometime in my near future! Oh well, on the bright side, I didn't wake up with one. You start looking for the little things to celebrate when you suffer with migraines!
I don't know if "givenup" is having migraines, but that's not what I've experienced. As far as I know, I've never had a migraine. There are LOTS of different sensations going on - feeling of getting hit in the back of the head with a hammer, sharp pains all over my head, feeling like I ran into a door with my nose, feeling like my head was being blown up like a balloon especially when I lie down, sudden pain whenever I bend over or cough or sneeze or laugh out loud....the list goes on and on! But you're right - I wish my dr. could experience this feeling for just 5 minutes, and then I don't think he would be so quick to diagnose it as depression!!!
Has the chiropractor helped at all so far?
Ginnia, I wish I could help you, but I never did find out why my nose is cold. I guess I pretty much got used to it. It bothers me occasionally, but usually I just don't thnk about it.
Keep looking til you find some answers!
giannia all the neurologists say its all part og the headaches. its the nerve endings. some people get the cold and some get hot feelings. its awful
hi ginnia i assume you have headaches. where are you going for them
hi ginnia. i thought you had constant headaches. i have them for three years. new daily persistent headaches. when you just said you had lyme, i couldnt believe it. back in jan 2008 i complained to my primary that my joint hurt. so he tested me for lyme and it came back positive. went on doxycicline for 3 weeks. felt better. then i went to see and infectious disease doctor because i started to hurt again and it came back negative. then was in the emergency room for my headaches and my mom asked them to check for lyme again, and it came back neg again. just this month my primary did the test again and it came back positive. the anti bodies were neg. i was never in a place where i could have been bitten. what test did they do to let you know it was in your central nervous system. i really dont understand whats going on.