Hey everyone. I'm really driving myself crazy thinking about this 24/7. It really sucks. About a week and a half ago i was lifting weights going all out, when i lift heavy i will start pouring sweat and my face will flush red, no big deal, that always happens i thought, well on one of my last lifts i got a headache while lifting out of nowhere, In the past a few years back i would get an exertion headache here and there, but that was years ago and for some reason this one wouldn't go away! I had it for the rest of the day. Ok so next day it goes away right? worked out again and nothing. Then the other day when it was REALLY hot and i got the headache again and this one lasted all night! I got freaked out, i'm what would be called a hypochondriacand always think something is wrong, PLUS i have social anxiety and suffer from panic attacks , so as you can imagine i was in pretty bad shape! So a few days pass and i don't have a headache, but i have sharp pains every once in a while where i felt the headache! right side of my head kinda close to my forehead by i guess where the frontal lobe of the brain is. Like i said i'm sorta a hypochondriac and i keep thinking about it and think i'm also "making" symptoms show up just by driving myself crazy, i can't stop thinking something is wrong though! i keep touching my head feeling for bumps and driving myself crazy lol, thinking i have an abscess, blood vessels are bleeding, you name it! I feel exactly the same though. no dizzyness, eye pain, nausea, nothing except the sharp pains that come and go! ( today for some reason i haven't had any though.
I called my doc yesterday for an appointment and after talking to him he refereed me to a neurologist. So i called and they don't take my insurance there anymore, so i called my doctor for another referral and they are closed today! I'm really driving myself crazy though! What should i do? i mean it's been like 2 weeks and i think if something was really wrong i would be feeling like crap, then again who knows. Another thing i'm terrified of thinking about is having to get an MRI or CT scan. I'm claustrophobic and would flip out and have panic attacks inside that thing I wouldn't be able to lay in there for up to an hour! If something was REALLY wrong would i have just gotten this headache when working out? wouldn't i have it all the time? I don't have high blood pressure but it does go up due to anxiety. No family history either involving anything with the brain. Also i have worked out again since and the headache didn't come back. My mother suffers from migraine headaches, i don't think i would all of a sudden get them though. Any ideas?
Well yesterday my symptoms were pretty much gone. No sharp pains or anything! felt so good i did a light workout and felt fine after. Still feel a little weird in my head though, but i think thats either cause i keep touching/pressing on my head feeling for any pain driving myself crazy :P Seems like when i don't think about it i feel fine, but when i do the pains come back, i know they are there though and i know i felt that headache when working out and i never had that happened like that. Again it wasn't a OMG drop to the floor type headache, it just felt like how migraines feel on the right side.
Should i still put myself through all the tests that i will probably need? I mean do you all just think i got a bad exertion headache from it being so hot and me lifting heavy weights? Or should i still go and see a neurologist just to rule out anything serious?
What sucks is i called my doc today saying that the neurologist he gave me wasn't covered, then when i told the receptionist my health care provider she said that THEY don't even take me anymore! they backed out of my health care provider a few months ago! yet i been there twice since and they still took me with same co pay! So now i also need to find a new doctor i guess going for that urine test he told me to go for is out of the question now since he's not my doctor anymore. I tried calling some neurologists today but they all closed ( it being Saturday) but i wanted to see the hours they are open, and all the ones around here is Monday. I'm just hoping i can make an appointment and don't need a referral from a doctor, cause then what? i'd have to find a new doctor to go to first lol. UGH i hate this!
I'm sorry your having such difficulties with your doctor/referrals. I hope you can get that straightened out soon! As for the tests, I would go through with them, just for piece of mind. A CT scan is really not scary at all! It's like a BIG donut. You lay on the table and they slowly put your head through it, it's all very open and it's very quick, mine took no more than 10 minutes. The MRI can be a bit... uncomfortable?? because of the close space. When I had mine done they put this thing around my head to keep it still, and it had mirrors on it, so when I opened my eyes to look around I could actually see outside of the machine, and that helped. I will admit I was a bit freaked out at first, but looking around a bit and getting familiar with it helped me. A lot of people say to keep your eyes closed the entire time though. The MRI will take about 20 minutes or so. Good luck with it all!!
Thanks for the reply i'm going to make some calls tomorrow , i found a bunch of neurologists listed in my healthcare provider book. I just hope i can make an appointment and not need any type of referral. Usually a specialist needs a referral from your doctor though right? Hey if worse comes to worse i can probably go the hospital saying i have head pains? ( even though they aren't that bad, but in my state it would be better than waiting another week or two) and they can give me tests right there no, and even refer me to a neurologist? This is going on about two weeks now since the exertion headache and the sharp head pains every once in a while that have since accompanied it.
Anyways i started feeling like crap last night. Actually kinda felt nauseous ( not sure if it's cause i'm just nervous but i was still getting a sharp pain here and there. Weird how i felt fine the other day then felt bad again yesterday.
What can i expect from the neurologist though? I know they give you tests, but do they also check to see if it happens while your there? like since mine happened while exercising will i get hooked up to a machine or something and be told to run on a treadmill or something? or does that have nothing to do with them? and they just shine things in your eyes and ask you a bunch of trivia questions. I'm not dizzy or anything and have no lapse in memory. Does every neurologist usually always recommend a CT scan or MRI? and usually what would they want to check with first? CT scan? then if they see something they think is wrong is the MRI the more thorough exam that comes after? Thanks
Also you know whats weird? This has all seemed to start happening when i started taking new multivitamins that i never had. They are called "one-a-day" with Ginseng. I read on the label that ginseng can raise blood pressure. Now i don't have high BP, but it fluctuates especially when my anxiety is high, and also when i lift weights it goes up and my heart pounds. I brought up the new multi vitamins to my doc but he said he doesn't think that has anything to do with it. But what does he know? something can be in it that i'm allergic to or something. Maybe something is in them that doesn't agree with me? I didn't take one today and wont again tomorrow and see what happens.
Ok just to update i couldn't take it anymore..the anxiety, the thought of waiting until October 12th to see a neurologist. I went to the Hospital ER.. what a wait! I was there for 5 hours all together. They gave me a urine test ( probably wanted to see if i was on drugs cause my heart was racing lol, i was anxious! it was like 120 beats, should be around 70 i think they said. they actually gave me two Xanax to calm me down! but that did nothing but give me a headache! i ended up having a REAL headache while waiting ( hope it didn't screw up my results) So they gave me a CT scan and that was it, EKG for heart i guess? Doctor said everything came back fine ( cept have to wait on the urine) i told him i was worried cause i read up on the internets ( lol here) that CT scans aren't too good at picking things up, but he assured me if it was anything serious it would have showed something, so i guess nothing blew up. I'm sure i'll still be worrying thinking he missed something, but i shouldn't right? he said i should still follow up with seeing the neurologist ( why i don't know, since i thought everything wad fine?) I guess just in case to see what they say. I feel much less anxious now, but will still worry it could be abscess unruptured aneurysm or something that wasn't picked up!