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Old 10-09-2008, 10:01 AM   #1
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Head pressure, lightheadedness, and floating feeling

I'm new to the boards here and I appreciate any feedback that you should provide. With that said I've been suffering from constant head pressure and lightheadedness since March 2008. It was then that I bumped my head on the wall. It wasn't anything really jarring and I was not dizzy nor did I lose consciousness.

Ever since then, every morning when I wake up I have a constant feeling of pressure in my head. I can feel the pressure on the top of my head when I press on my scalp or wash my hair. It seems to intensify when I exert myself or exercise. I had a mild concussion in October 2007 and January 2008 while playing recreational sports and had this feeling for about a few weeks before it subsided. After the October concussion I had a CT scan and MRI and everything checked out fine.

I saw a neurologist in May and he said it was "post concussion syndrome." He told me to start exercising moderately and that it was okay to drink coffee. However it seems like those things are making the symptoms worse. I feel like after exertion I can feel very mild shaking in my field of vision. The only time the symptoms are very low or mild is when I'm going to sleep and when I'm waking up in the morning. I read somewhere it could be inflamed blood vessels.

I saw the neurologist again in July and he said I should see a shrink and he gave me Pamelor (nortriptyline) as he said it would help alleviate pressure. The medication also seemed to make my symptoms worse. He also refused to order another MRI because he said the one from October was enough. I know I'm not imagining this or fabricating it through my own anxiety -- these are real symptoms that started when I bumped my head. At this point I really don't know what to do. I feel like I'm living in a haze and the pressure, although tolerable, is extremely annoying and I never feel like myself.

If anyone has had similar symptoms please let me know and how you went about treating them.

Thanks so much!
Pat

 
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
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Re: Head pressure, lightheadedness, and floating feeling

If your doctor is not willing to help you and is using the lame " it's all in your head excuse", then look for another neurologist. Some doctors have a very narrow view of things, they get locked in to that view and are unwilling to look deeper or outside of the box. When they can't figure it out they brush you off.

You have two options though. Go to a new neurologist and admit having seen another neurologist and bring any medical information with you, or go in with nothing and let them try to figure it out (including reordering all the tests). Both choices could help or hinder you.

 
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Re: Head pressure, lightheadedness, and floating feeling

Hi Pat~

I get the pressure in my head and the top is sore to the touch. Shampooing my hair hurts too. Its like someone has pulled my hair and its now bruised. I have other nuerological symptoms as well. It took me a very long time to get a diagnosis, but in April of this year, I found out that my symptoms were from Arnold Chiari Malformation.

Head trauma can cause symptoms to show so I just wanted to put that out there. Though many other things could be causing your head pressure. If it persists, definately seek out another opinion. Alot of Dr's when they can't find the source, will pass out a script for anxiety and depression. What they don't understand is having something wrong and being told its all in your head can cause you stress and depression. Its a symptom of the underlying problem, not the problem in itself. I was told this very same thing but refused to accept that as a diagnosis

So hang in there!!

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Old 10-27-2008, 06:50 AM   #4
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Hi Pat,

I too have experience the pressure and lightheadedness as you have, among neck pain, etc. I do know through searching for answers for my own problems that I came across a connection between the pressure/lightheadness and the possibility of it stemming from your cervical spine. Although I had sought physical therapy and regular chiropractic treatments and didn't have great success, I did find that a specialized chiropractor who specializes in Atlas Orthogonal has been the most help to me. It was discovered that my Atlas, the very top vertebrae that your skull sits on was out of alignment causing all kinds of problems, dizziness, anxiety, etc. Because you said you hit your head, it is a possibility that it could have thrown your Atlas off .. as I learned it doesn't take much force .. I recommend you trying that avenue as you have nothing else to lose and so much to gain! Good luck to you!

 
Old 11-21-2008, 07:08 PM   #5
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Hi Pat,

I too have experience the pressure and lightheadedness as you have, among neck pain, etc. I do know through searching for answers for my own problems that I came across a connection between the pressure/lightheadness and the possibility of it stemming from your cervical spine. Although I had sought physical therapy and regular chiropractic treatments and didn't have great success, I did find that a specialized chiropractor who specializes in Atlas Orthogonal has been the most help to me. It was discovered that my Atlas, the very top vertebrae that your skull sits on was out of alignment causing all kinds of problems, dizziness, anxiety, etc. Because you said you hit your head, it is a possibility that it could have thrown your Atlas off .. as I learned it doesn't take much force .. I recommend you trying that avenue as you have nothing else to lose and so much to gain! Good luck to you!
debby-how long did it take you to realize that there was something wrong with you? i mean was it mild and came and went away? i just wondered b/c that sounds like something i feel. the dizziness and pressure.

 
Old 11-22-2008, 06:54 AM   #6
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Well, when you say how long did it take for me to realize something was wrong .. well, ... I knew something was wrong, when after what I thought was a typical sinus infection problem, continued on well longer than I had ever experienced before in my life. I can say that I had some days that would be better than others, but the majority of the time I felt the pressure in the back of my head, the neck pain, dizziness, jaw pain, etc ... and insisted each time I visited a different doctor or specialist that I thought I had meningitis, because it felt at times like my brain was swollen, but all tests, etc., came back to show all was fortnately normal .. but not in my world ... so that lead me on to much much research on my own, until I came across the possibility of the Atlas problem .. there is lots of information out there that you might want to read before you determine if this might help your condition as well, but as I said to Pat, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain ... most Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractors offer free consultations .. so they can atleast help determine before you start any treatment with you if in fact your Atlas if off .. they do this with a very specific process, using xray's and specific mathematical figures ... so atleast you'd know and could go from there ... I just wish anyone who has had any of my symptoms would atleast give this a try .. you might be happily surprised to find what you've all been searching for ... relief ... What other symptoms are you experiencing? How long has this been a problem for you? Do you know of anything that might have triggered this? Did you fall, have an accident, get any recent vaccinations, take any new medicine? Let me know and all my best to you. Feel better.

 
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ok when i was like 11 i fell. i slipped on some water in the grass...instantly stunned me. i didnt pass out or anything. i just freaked out and went home to lay in my bed. ever since then(i am now 21)it has come and gone. when i was younger big crowds would trigger it, and now i just have it constantly. i havent felt this way in almost a year. the pressure in my head is so intense..and i have a headache like a migrane, very sensitive to light and sound. alot of times a loud noise may trigger it to happen, it sends me into a daze...like i'm dreaming, ya know? but i'm right there. ok you know how you'll wake up from a dream and think 'wow that dream was so real' thats how it feels. i don't know. it so hard to explain what going on in my head. oh and yes i did just get a vacination, a flu shot which i think is making me very nauseaous. i just got off the birth control pill a week ago b/c my hubby and i want to have another baby, but now i'm thinking twice just b/c the way i feel. i don't know if getting off the pill after a year and a half would have strong side effects? i'm also on an anti-anxiety. i take one at night to help me sleep, its a low dose like .5mg. i'mprescribed to anti-depressant but i don't take that so can't be what it is...i don't know i feel like i can't afford to get an mri or anything like that. we have good insurance but right now we're waiting on a bill for the ER and an ambulance ride($$$)so thats why i dont want to go to a nurologist. i just keep waiting for the way i feel to go away. it usually does. having this dizziness gives me anxiety, like i don't want to go places anymore(big crowds) and i'm a stay at home mom so i find myself just on the couch watching tv alot of the day b/c i don't want to get out. you think too much tv could make me dizzy? like give tunnel vision or something? i don't know. well now that you know more about me what do u think? what could be wrong with me?

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Old 11-22-2008, 01:56 PM   #8
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hi kristy

your symptoms sound like they could be simple sensory seizure...in that case an EEG test would show any abnormal brain wave pattern.

when I was 19 I fell off a plastic kids swing that was attached to our backyard tree.I hit the back of my head full force on some very huge tree roots.from then on I had a loud ringing noise in my ears,feelings like I was in a elevator going down really fast and certain noises would make me feel like I was going to have a seizure.

a few months later I had an EEG test and it showed my brain waves were going too fast...so I was put on dilantin and valium for 3 months to correct it.

now any metabollic changes have an impact on me.I get simple sensory seizures off and on........one neurologist called it a "sensory disturbance",but I also have a complicated B12 deficiency which I get B12 injections for.

well if possible a good place to start would be having an EEG,B12 level test plus there are 3 other tests crucial to getting a correct B12 dx...MMA,folic acid and homocysteine tests.

sorry you are having to feel so bad,but there's always hope.please post back anytime~take care

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Old 11-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #9
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Hi Kristi,
Just curious, how long ago did you receive your flu vaccination and along with your dizziness, do you have any neck pain, ear fullness/plugged, ringing in your ears, eye pain, jaw pain? I too have had experiences in my life that may have contributed to my Atlast being thrown out of alignment .. I've unfortunately been in a car accident, approximately 10 years ago which sandwiched me in between two vehicles, I have also taken some falls as well, in addition, last year approximately 3 weeks before I started noticing these symptoms, I had my flu shot. I have also experienced the very same problem with being in crowds, watching tv and extreme anxiety from all of it.

What I can tell you is what I've learned from more than one chiropractor that I visited over the past year, is that the reason people experience the dizziness and neurological problems when an Atlas is off is because there are 2 main nerves that branch out of the Atlas that send nerve impulses to the brain, and when your Atlas if off, it can cause your entire nervous system to be altered, therefore causing all these crazy symptoms anywhere throughout your body. And whether it be accident related or from another cause, in cases where if applies to the Atlas, it can take several years to cause problems .. because I'm told that the last thing that appears when a person is out of alignment or has a chronic problem is the SYMPTOMS itself .. and surprisingly if treated promptly and correctly, the symptoms are the FIRST thing to go away .. that's why I urge anyone out there who has suffered with unexplained dizziness, Headaches, Neck Pain, etc., to seek this avenue ... you honestly have so much to gain. Also, during some research along the way, I was able to view an online video on the Montel Williams show that showed him having this procedure done himself and just how quickly he gained relief from his problems, it's worth checking out ... I have so much more information on this, but I just don't want to overwhelm you with all of it right now .. let me know if I can be of any additional help, because I know how frustrating and debilitating it all can be. Hang in there, I'm here for you ... Take care.





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ok when i was like 11 i fell. i slipped on some water in the grass...instantly stunned me. i didnt pass out or anything. i just freaked out and went home to lay in my bed. ever since then(i am now 21)it has come and gone. when i was younger big crowds would trigger it, and now i just have it constantly. i havent felt this way in almost a year. the pressure in my head is so intense..and i have a headache like a migrane, very sensitive to light and sound. alot of times a loud noise may trigger it to happen, it sends me into a daze...like i'm dreaming, ya know? but i'm right there. ok you know how you'll wake up from a dream and think 'wow that dream was so real' thats how it feels. i don't know. it so hard to explain what going on in my head. oh and yes i did just get a vacination, a flu shot which i think is making me very nauseaous. i just got off the birth control pill a week ago b/c my hubby and i want to have another baby, but now i'm thinking twice just b/c the way i feel. i don't know if getting off the pill after a year and a half would have strong side effects? i'm also on an anti-anxiety. i take one at night to help me sleep, its a low dose like 25mg. i'mprescribed to anti-depressant but i don't take that so can't be what it is...i don't know i feel like i can't afford to get an mri or anything like that. we have good insurance but right now we're waiting on a bill for the ER and an ambulance ride($$$)so thats why i dont want to go to a nurologist. i just keep waiting for the way i feel to go away. it usually does. having this dizziness gives me anxiety, like i don't want to go places anymore(big crowds) and i'm a stay at home mom so i find myself just on the couch watching tv alot of the day b/c i don't want to get out. you think too much tv could make me dizzy? like give tunnel vision or something? i don't know. well now that you know more about me what do u think? what could be wrong with me?

 
Old 11-24-2008, 04:44 PM   #10
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how can i see this montel williams video? a acctually was feeling dizzy before i got my flu shot. acctually i was feeling that way during my shot. its like i could still carry on a conversation with the pharmasist, but in my head i was like oh my god, oh my god...i feel so weird and out of it. theres head pressure and i'm sensitive to sound and light. the thing is, this comes and goes although i've felt this way since middle october, i havent experienced it in a year or two. i've had small episodes like out at dinner when theres alot going on but never has it stayed this long before. its almost like the cold weather here has triggered it. does any of this sound right? back in october my family doctor prescribed me some type of steroid to take for a week to cure an inner ear infection due to my dizziness, which is also what they called this ten years ago when i had these problems. i felt better for maybe a week, but i think i was just telling myself i felt better, but i didnt and still dont. i'm sorry to hear about you accident..and see that is why i'm sceptical we have the same problems b/c you were in a severe car accident, i only fell down on my butt, but thats why i don't think this is just a sinus infection, or ear infection b/c this all started with my fall. help? i'm clueless oh and yes i have had neck pain. but no jaw pain, i've seen alot of people at this bored talking of jaw pain whats this associated with? i'm very new to this bored.

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Hi Kristi,
You can go on his website to view the video .. that's what I did. I too have teh same feelings you do with the head pressure, light, sound and crowd sensitivity and feeling of being out of it. I was also put on steriods for my inner ear, which helped me while I was on them, but once I finished them, the symptoms seem to just come back. I was told that it was because the steroids would temporarily reduce the inflammation in my neck area, therefore causing some relief. I still would highly recommend you check out the Montel video and just go see a specialized Orthogonal Chiropractor for a free consultation .. all that you'll find out is whether or not this is a possible answer to your symptoms .. let me know how you make out.
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how can i see this montel williams video? a acctually was feeling dizzy before i got my flu shot. acctually i was feeling that way during my shot. its like i could still carry on a conversation with the pharmasist, but in my head i was like oh my god, oh my god...i feel so weird and out of it. theres head pressure and i'm sensitive to sound and light. the thing is, this comes and goes although i've felt this way since middle october, i havent experienced it in a year or two. i've had small episodes like out at dinner when theres alot going on but never has it stayed this long before. its almost like the cold weather here has triggered it. does any of this sound right? back in october my family doctor prescribed me some type of steroid to take for a week to cure an inner ear infection due to my dizziness, which is also what they called this ten years ago when i had these problems. i felt better for maybe a week, but i think i was just telling myself i felt better, but i didnt and still dont. i'm sorry to hear about you accident..and see that is why i'm sceptical we have the same problems b/c you were in a severe car accident, i only fell down on my butt, but thats why i don't think this is just a sinus infection, or ear infection b/c this all started with my fall. help? i'm clueless oh and yes i have had neck pain. but no jaw pain, i've seen alot of people at this bored talking of jaw pain whats this associated with? i'm very new to this bored.

 
Old 07-21-2009, 01:48 PM   #12
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I myslef been suffering from ear/head pressure for the last 2.5 years with no cure. I have tried everything I can possibly do to make it feel better. Used ear drops, ear cleaners, went to the chiropractic, acupuncture for 1 year no change.

My symptoms are constant (non stopping) head pressure, like when you get dehydrated yet I do incorporate lots of fluids, water, green tea in my diet) nose tingling, jaw pressure (so much that I grind my teeth at night and resulted in a loose tooth) popping/clogged ears that feel like they pulsate time to time. When I stand up I feel a big pressure come on to me. Blurred thoughts, vision, balance problems and previous vertigo was experienced in my case which resulted in panic attacks = disorder. Thank God the panic stuff has cleared but my head did not. Every time when I wake up it is there, seemed to get worse when I lay down to sleep. Ringing in head & worse pressure. No pain just pressure. Rarely but I do get headaches from time to time and more alarming when it is a throbbing or sharp pain above my ear reaching the top of my head.

I do not have insurance to see a neurologist, because I feel that they would send me away and take my money and nothing would change. I am a believer in natural medicine, take vitamins and supplements so I try to keep away from prescription drugs & surgeries.

The thread "Head & Ear Pressure" that I read before seem to have lots of information relating to this but nobody found a cure even after seeing a neurologist, if yes please share it with me I would love to hear from you!!! Some people swore by a chiropractor but it did not work for me after a year of treatment and lost of money. Acupuncture? Tried it before no results. I do exercise and eat healthy most of the time, I am a little over weight but nothing major.

I have become desperate for help because this has been going on for years in my head and I donít want to live the rest of my life with this head pressure. I am only 25 with wasting 2.5 years with this.

This is what some people thought my symptoms could be associated with you might want to google for some results:

1. TMJ
2.Psuedotumor Cerebri
3.Lyme Disease
4. Mercury Poisoning

 
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Hi~ I just would like to put in my input. I was in search of a dx for almost 2 years and my symptoms were similiar. I finally was diagnosed with a brain disorder called Arnold Chiari Malformation. This can also be related to Psuedotumor Cerebri. Lots of pressure in my head and ears amongst a long list of other neurological issues as well. Although they call this a "rare" disorder, it is more common than we think. Good luck!!~ Cindy

 
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Hi Pat~

I get the pressure in my head and the top is sore to the touch. Shampooing my hair hurts too. Its like someone has pulled my hair and its now bruised. I have other nuerological symptoms as well. It took me a very long time to get a diagnosis, but in April of this year, I found out that my symptoms were from Arnold Chiari Malformation.

Head trauma can cause symptoms to show so I just wanted to put that out there. Though many other things could be causing your head pressure. If it persists, definately seek out another opinion. Alot of Dr's when they can't find the source, will pass out a script for anxiety and depression. What they don't understand is having something wrong and being told its all in your head can cause you stress and depression. Its a symptom of the underlying problem, not the problem in itself. I was told this very same thing but refused to accept that as a diagnosis

So hang in there!!

Cindy
Hi Cindy my name is Cyndi
I have noticed that (I think anyway) that you have Chirari malformation. I've been doing some reading on here. I can't figure out how to start a new thread so I'm going to ask you. My daughter has Chiari type 2. I am wondering do you know if there can be breathing problems associated with Chiari? It seems like ever since my daugher had her decompression surgery she has had "ashtma" I really don't think it is and have had no help from any docs. Also is there any problem with going to the dentist that you know of? I read somewhere where a person with Chiari shouldn't have their hair washed at a salon because the neck shouldn't be on the sink. Just wondering if that could be the same for the dentist. Just wondering if you know. I might try and post this in a new thread if I can figure it out. Thanks. I am so happy I found this because I know noone with Chiari and do worry about my daughter all the time..Take care

 
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Hi Cyndi~ I do have chiari so can surely relate to unanswered questions. As far as respiratory issues, it definitely can be chiari related. With the descending tonsils, there can be pressure on the brain stem which can cause respiratory issues.

Most neurologist don't understand how this disorder affects us. So we need to self educate and hopefully find a chiari expert who can help us. Does your daughter have a chiari specialist? I really am sorry that life has thrown this curve-ball at you. it is so misunderstood and that can be so frustrating.

I know I read something about going to the dentist but in all honesty, I really don't remember it. I do know neck positioning is important, as you said, the hairdressers sinks are not good. But I think if a dentist is aware of your daughter condition, you can work together.

On a positive note, I;m assuming your daughter is young so that's really good. Us older folks (I'm 43) who never knew they had it, sometimes have irreversible affects. If I can help in any way, just holler. Unfortunately, holding my arms up to type can be very painful so if I don't respond right away, please understand that I am waiting till I feel better. All the luck to you and your daughter!! Take care~ cindy

 
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