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Old 08-13-2002, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question brain panic and pressure sensations

Does anyone have the following sensations?
Feelings of weird internal pressures on brain, feeling as if brain is swimming, need to click jaw in order to relieve pressure/stop brain feeling like it will collapse in on itself, panicy feeling leading to constant need to touch face/glasses/click jaw, jumpy and feeling on edge after heavy weekend/poor sleep + many other symptoms to weird to explain.
I have mitral valve prolapse syndrome and originally thought it was connected to that but now I don't think it's the case. I've been put on Cipramil which helps but I just want to find out what is wrong with me and if I'm permantly damaging my nerves - very confused basically!

 
Old 08-20-2002, 05:51 AM   #2
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Hi James,
Have you seen any doctors with this problem? If you have did they order any MRI's or Cat Scans? Your right about the mitral valve prolapse not being the cause. If you haven't seen a doc, then you might want to see one, just so you can start narrowing down what might be causing your symptoms. They could be from a variety of sources and its no use getting worked up until you can narrow down what it is or isn't. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/idea.gif
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Old 08-21-2002, 07:01 AM   #3
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Kristeen,
thanks for replying.
I have seen a doctor and they said it was stress/anxiety related.
I haven't had a cat scan or MRI (what is it?) but I'm almost certain its nerve and not brain-related. I think it's linked to dysautomnia but I just don't know how. Believe me I have spent literally hours upon hours searching the web for examples of the symtomes I have and can't find it, which is very frustrating. The problem is I can't really describe the symptomes because they are so strange, so I think doctors just put it down to anxiety (which I suppose it could be).
I'll just have to hope it doesn't get any worse.
Thanks once again for your concern.

 
Old 08-22-2002, 05:34 AM   #4
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Hey James - I recognise some of your symptoms. I have those weird feelings of pressure inside my head, a spacey feeling of unreality, a sensation that my brain isn't 'working' somehow, panicky feelings, sometimes numbness (which makes me want to touch my face, almost as though I want to make sure it's actually there), exhaustion...and yep, plenty of other stuff too weird to mention.
I've been diagnosed with anxiety - and I found it hard to believe at first. But apparently all of my symptoms are classic symptoms of anxiety. You could check out the Stress and Anziety board here and see if you can get any more answers there.
Good luck and take care,
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Old 08-28-2002, 09:04 AM   #5
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Thanks Bunty.
I've been on Cipramil for a month now and I am feeling so much better (almost normal) now for the first time in ages and I am really happy about it. I'm pretty sure it is/was stress related though why I should be stressed I have no idea - the brain works in funny ways I guess.
Cheers,
James

 
Old 10-08-2002, 02:30 PM   #6
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Doctors makes me sick, ruling out anxiety before doing ny other tests, go and demand some tests before they flogg you of with anxierty and give you meds, that will make you with anxiet,,, geezzz http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/blob_fire.gif

 
Old 10-08-2002, 08:19 PM   #7
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James and Bunty, Please read the posts from rgraf. This person was diagnosed with menieres disease a year ago, and after listening to my story, he went to a neuro. to be checked. He just found out he has some points in his upper back and neck that the neuro. said are most likely causing his symptoms. These problem areas are strained muscles that have knotted up, and are putting pressure on the blood vessels, affecting the oxygen supply to the brain. This is a very commonly overlooked problem. Doctors do not think to check the condition of the muscles in the upper back and neck, and the patients don't think of it either, because 9 times out of 10, they are very deep muscles, and not causing us any problems that WE know of. So when your diagnosis doesn't really fit your symptoms, please have this checked out too.

 
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Kamden,
thanks for your comments. I guess it could be to do with muscles, but that doesn't explain why my symptoms are worse when I'm hungover or about to fly, cross a bridge, speak publicly etc. This must be nerve-related surely? It's definetly not Meniere's disease, and I'm pretty sure it's not a brain problem. So I'm as confused as ever unfortunately.

 
Old 10-09-2002, 06:08 AM   #9
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Jamessb: I see Kamden refered you to some of my posts so I thought I'd respond personally. Being a fellow sufferer of "head problems" I understand how frustrating it can be. I've been trying to get back to feeling "regular" for the past year and a half, have seen a number of specialists, and spent countless hours researching conditions I can't pronounce or spell. Basically it comes down to this. Any good doctor will tell you they hate patients with dizzy problems because it's never easy to get to the root of the problem. They use a process of elimination whereby they'll eliminate the most obviouse causes, then tell you that you have the classic symptoms of ****hen it's on to the medications that don't seem to do anything (this is only my own bitter experience). Anyway, a little research will show that head problems are the most mis-diagnosed of any conditions. As Kamden stated, there is alot of new information supporting how knots in the muscles and fascia (fibers holding your insides together)can and will cause pain in other parts of your body by either putting pressure on the nerve or constricting blood flow. A knot in your back can cause arm numbness, one in your neck can cause inner ear and balance problems, etc. The point is that they can cause many different problems and you don't need to have back or neck pain either. My neck never bothered me before but my neurologist touched a couple of trigger points and YEOW, they hurt like hell and made my symptoms worse. I also noticed that high pressure situations aggravate my symptoms since they cause the muscles to tighten. I start physical therapy in a few days to see if they can get the kinks out and relieve most if not all of the symptoms (the neurologist is confident). I'll let you know how it works out.

In summary, head problems should be taken seriously. Rule out the major causes - tumors, epilepsy, MS, etc. - all of which can be detected but you should see a doctor. If clear, look into the muscle knots. The formal term is myofascial syndrome. There's alot of information on the internet. I'd rather get better with a back rub than taking nerve blocking drugs - How about it? Good luck.

 
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Please atleast read the posts from rgraf on 10/03, telling the symptoms, then what the neuro. found on 10/08. The doc has to specifically be checking these muscles.

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Old 10-14-2002, 09:03 PM   #11
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Hey I get that EXACT sensation, but in my back....
It feels like my back is missing and it feels like it is tickly or itchy deep inside.....I have to have someone put their hand on my back....so I can feel it there.....

Or press my back hard against something.
It doesnt relieve the discomfort, but it reassures me there is no hole in my back.

It also give me a sesation like I am about to fall.
The sensation lasts about 2 seconds, radiating from my neck to between my shoulders.

I am constantly awarre of my back.... it is difficult to articulate.

PLease let me know what you find out. Good Luck to you.

Blue


 
Old 10-15-2002, 09:27 AM   #12
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James, actually, the times your symptoms are worse really do make sense if it is related to the muscles. The first thing our body does under stress, is tense up, causing the muscles to knot up and put pressure on blood vessels. The most common problem area is the upper back, shoulder blades and neck. Mine were also way worse at certain times, but it was not stress, it was just my symptoms being aggravated by the situation. I had problems going up a flight of outside stairs, because I was so off balance already, going over bridges seeing the water go by, when the floor swims under you at home anyway, drinking a beer brought on whirling dizzy spells, because I was already lacking in oxygen, speaking in public is so stressfull in itself, that it just worsened my symptoms because I tensed up even more. I just wanted you to know that you could have this checked out and get the cause of the symptoms taken care of, rather than live on meds. and just have symptom relief. I am not saying this is the cause of yours, but do think it is one last thing you should have checked out before giving up on the reason for your symptoms. I really do wish you luck and hope you find relief. If you consider it, a back doc, ortho. neuro., or physical therapist can check you and let you know if this is the cause. good luck

 
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