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Old 10-13-2008, 02:14 AM   #1
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How many of us have head pressure?

I was here 4 years ago with the same problem.

I've made no progress with it. It's worse than ever.

How many here have it?

How many have it and figured out the cause?

Has anyone found a way to relieve it?

I totally forgot about this place in the meantime and recently posted on other health boards. I will try this place again, in hopes that someone knows SOMETHING that will help me, before my entire life becomes unmanageable in the longterm. Here's a post I wrote recently on another health forum:

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I'm 27, male, with no diagnosable diseases. Recently I had a battery of blood work done (the usual, cholesterol, enzyme/vitamin levels, thyroid) and nothing abnormal was found. I have no history of neurological diseases in either side of my family. I do not have high blood pressure. I am very myopic however and I do have mild astigmatism.

About 3-4 years ago, after a prolonged episode of drug addiction, I experienced a feeling of "head pressure" that got steadily worse. That part may be important... it started off as tolerable, and over time, got worse and worse. It is now at an unbearable stage, and shows few signs of slowing down. It is almost a constant sensation--it can occur anywhere in or around my head, no preference for any side or area. It also extends into my neck (usually around the left side of my neck--I am concerned if the carotid artery could be involved.)

Much more alarmingly, along with the head pressure getting worse, other symptoms have slowly appeared.. few, if any, going away. Whatever new symptom crops up, seems to stay. These symptoms include:

- Lots of floaters in the eye, which may appear out of nowhere and change on the fly--tolerable, but very annoying
- Numbness/lessened of sensation on different areas of the body
- Visual problems, most noticeably (right now) is double vision, slight difficulty moving my eye muscles (seems to be tied in with head pressure)
- The double vision started 7-8 months ago, it just seems as if the "calibration" of my eyes is slightly off... hard to describe though.
- Muscle spasms/stiffness/postural problems, makes for awkward walking, but no actual problems with mobility. Could be partially due to sitting in front of a computer too long, lack of proper exercise, etc.
-Very stiff neck
-Snapping jaw, like it's out of alignment
-My constipation (always a problem) is out of control

The head pressure was the first symptom.

So, there are several aspects to this "thing" I have. I do have an anxiety disorder but low incidence of actual panic attacks. However, panic feelings can occasionally come from caffeine. Caffeine ingestion seems to cause occasional blurred vision and floaters, but not always. It has been often suggested that high anxiety could cause the symptoms I have, but I have doubts that anxiety could cause all of them, especially the "permanent" things I have now like double-vision and trouble with eye muscle movement.

I would be willing to provide further details, but this post is getting too long.

So, is anyone familiar with the head pressure at least, and found a way to relieve it?

Is anyone familiar with an "accompanying list of symptoms" similar to mine?

Needing help,
Bill Zenith

 
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Old 10-13-2008, 02:21 AM   #2
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

Oh and so I don't get a panic attack (I do have anxiety problems) can I request that no one mention "MS" in this thread?

A couple people online in the past have suggested it to me. I actually had anxiety problems for an entire month because of that. I told my psychiatrist all my symptoms and said that some people suggested I could have MS, so we went over it, and he doesn't think I have MS.

Further notes: I've been diagnosed with GAD, and I've been taking Paxil 30mg for years on end (it's the only drug I take).

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Old 10-13-2008, 05:24 AM   #3
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

Hi Bill

That anxiety can be a terrible thing to live with cant it

I am happy to say mine is getting better

Sorry to hear you are not feeling that great may I ask a couple of questions if thats ok?

Firstly do you have any tingling you mentuion numbness is this in the extremities or any where also d oyou get electric like pains any where but in the sides of the torso specifically?

Does just one eye hurt to move? I would suggest seeing someone about this as it is your eyes if you know what I mean.....

Do you any stomach issues, foggy thinking, fatigue/

You mentioned you had bloods done can you tell me if you had any of the following B12, MMA,Hyc if you have do you know the levels.....

Some of your symptoms sound like a B12 deficiency I have this and it can cuase numbness, tingling extremeties, anxiety,depression,vision problems, memory problems gait problems anything to do with the CNS..... I could have wrote a book about mine!

You mention postural problems can you elaborate....

I look forward to your next post hopefully you will get to the heart of the problem.....

Anxiety can cause a lot of problems even when your not having an attack but illnesses can cause anxiety too its just finding out which one actually comes first I know my deficiency has caused my anxiety for many years its a tricky one....

Good luck Bill

 
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

Hello Bill...well first off I don't want to add to your anxiety...so I'll keep it simpleI agree with RainbowsEnd(Hi RainbowsEnd!)B12 can play a huge role in your central nervous system(low levels of B12 can cause Severe Anxiety).

It is probably hard to have been thru a drug addiction and Thank You for being upfront about that!You seem like a strong person and you just need some answers about wht's going on...not knowing just makes it less tolerable I'm sure.

Since your main problem is pressure in your head and your vision then a good place to start would be there.Did you have an EEG or a brain MRI?It's hard to get an accurate DX without some tests to go on.

It could be something as simple as sinus problems or even migraines with or without pain.

The only way you'll get help is to have further tests done.What tests have you had so far?

I've heard that people who try to go off anti-depressants can get head pressure and flu-like symptoms...maybe you need a higher dose....what does your dr. say anyways?

Well for now try not to worry so much about what you may or may not have...that will just fuel the fires of anxiety:mad

Keep us posted...glad to offer any advice....we are a lovely bunch of caring souls on this board

Things will get better

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Old 10-14-2008, 01:31 AM   #5
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

Thanks for all the responses. I'm glad to see this board is still active.

Unfortunately, though, I don't have health insurance at the moment. So it looks like an MRI, EEG, cat scan and so on are unlikely.

I don't think I have the paper with the tests I took handy... one thing I know for certain, though, is that B-vitamin levels were tested. Other than that, I just know it was the "average blood work up" for a male in his mid 20s. The doctor's office called back when they got the results, and they said "everything checked out fine." Both a relief and a disappointment.

Yes the gut issues I have are severe. I have frequent pulsing/pulling/pushing sensations in the lower torso. This then leads up through my back and it actually seems "connected" to the head pressure. The interesting thing here is that the head pressure was the first symptom, 4 years ago.

Then the "pulsing gut" slowly started coming on in the 3rd year. As this happened severe constipation, oddly shaped stools started appearing. So now I have all this going on at once, and it's a killer. Yes and also this "fullness" in the lower torso makes me walk oddly, as I said before. As I walk it feels like things move up and down in my lower back. It's very hard to describe this feeling though.

Tingling of extremities happens sometimes, but it seems to not be as bad as it was 1-2 years ago. Odd. I'm not sure I would call it numbness so much as I would call it "lessened skin sensitivity." Maybe.

I looked into diabetes myself and I'm certain I don't have it--I checked blood sugar on many different occasions and no problem there.

Onto the B12 deficiency, is there any simple test one could administer to himself, just to see if a positive result occurs? Other than the Paxil, I do take a daily B-vitamin complex. I don't think I notice any effect on my health problems, though. I have heard that B12 in particular is best absorbed sublingually. So if my gut is broken from IBS/possible candida, maybe I can't absorb b-vitamins through my gut? Possible?

 
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Thanks for all the responses. I'm glad to see this board is still active.

Unfortunately, though, I don't have health insurance at the moment. So it looks like an MRI, EEG, cat scan and so on are unlikely.

I don't think I have the paper with the tests I took handy... one thing I know for certain, though, is that B-vitamin levels were tested. Other than that, I just know it was the "average blood work up" for a male in his mid 20s. The doctor's office called back when they got the results, and they said "everything checked out fine." Both a relief and a disappointment.

Yes the gut issues I have are severe. I have frequent pulsing/pulling/pushing sensations in the lower torso. This then leads up through my back and it actually seems "connected" to the head pressure. The interesting thing here is that the head pressure was the first symptom, 4 years ago.

Then the "pulsing gut" slowly started coming on in the 3rd year. As this happened severe constipation, oddly shaped stools started appearing. So now I have all this going on at once, and it's a killer. Yes and also this "fullness" in the lower torso makes me walk oddly, as I said before. As I walk it feels like things move up and down in my lower back. It's very hard to describe this feeling though.

Tingling of extremities happens sometimes, but it seems to not be as bad as it was 1-2 years ago. Odd. I'm not sure I would call it numbness so much as I would call it "lessened skin sensitivity." Maybe.

I looked into diabetes myself and I'm certain I don't have it--I checked blood sugar on many different occasions and no problem there.

Onto the B12 deficiency, is there any simple test one could administer to himself, just to see if a positive result occurs? Other than the Paxil, I do take a daily B-vitamin complex. I don't think I notice any effect on my health problems, though. I have heard that B12 in particular is best absorbed sublingually. So if my gut is broken from IBS/possible candida, maybe I can't absorb b-vitamins through my gut? Possible?
HI
Those are pdd stomach problems indeed have you told your doc about it?
Could be related to the constipation ...........

Sadly there is no home test for B12 there are other tests for B12 however that are used in conjuction with the serum they are more sensitive if your levels are low normal they are MMA & Homocysteine they are elevated in defficiency....
If you are unable to absorb B12 tablets are a waste of time you would need sublinguals or shots and sadly a b complex will have very little B12 to address a deficiency.........
Do you take inner health or something like that probiotics?

I wish I could help you further I would really try to see a doc re stomach I dont know much about paxil but is it possible it is attributing to your stomach problems?

I wish you well if you have any more question I am happy to try and answer them for you

 
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

hello again.....sorry you aren't able to have tests due to lack of health coverage.

You have a lot of symptoms going on that's for sure.Sometimes problems with the back can cause stomach/bowel issues.It seems like your whole body is symptomatic at this point.

Do you qualify for any free medical help?I would think that when you had that blood work-up your dr. would have listened to your complaints and given you an idea of what may be wrong.Did he feel it was just anxiety?

So what about the long term use of Paxil...maybe it's having an effect on your body?You might have become too used to it and need to have it switched to a different med...I don't know,but maybe you could call your dr. and ask if that's possible...or look it up online.

Take care and don't worry...worry doesn't help anything...it just drains you.Maybe you could get a different anti-depressant...lots of people become immune to a drug after a certain amount of time..maybe that's so in your case.

Hope you find some relief....try not to worry too much....post back anytime...we're here for everyone~Scout

 
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

I mean a test, as in: just trying B-12 sublingually to see if anything happens. I thought that tinctures are available OTC, right?

What are the basic symptoms of B-vitamin deficiency anyway?

Despite the blood test not finding a problem, I think B-vit deficiency might be possible because of drug addiction and alcoholism, I went through both.. alcohol especially leeches b-vitamins from the body.

As far as the head pressure goes.. I've not been on the board for years.. is it usually a problem of vasodilation or vasoconstriction?

If I can figure that out, there are medications I could try to see if they have any effect. I'm considering trying Wellbutrin for ADD and anhedonia.. I know it's useful for migraines too.

 
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Do you qualify for any free medical help?I would think that when you had that blood work-up your dr. would have listened to your complaints and given you an idea of what may be wrong.Did he feel it was just anxiety?
In that appointment, I went in with serious concerns about constipation and possible impaction, he addressed that.. of course I had many other health concerns, but he didn't leave time to discuss anything else.. doctors are busy I guess.

I am sure if I went in with all the bizarre symptoms I have now, he'd say it's mostly anxiety. Or something useless like try a nasal spray for the head pressure (that's been tried before, it didn't help me)..

Referall to a specialist is possible, but I can't afford that.

Further blood tests would be within monetary range for me, however.

The curious thing here: 4 years ago there were several people here who had the head pressure, now it seems either no one here has it, or they're just not responding...

 
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I mean a test, as in: just trying B-12 sublingually to see if anything happens. I thought that tinctures are available OTC, right?

What are the basic symptoms of B-vitamin deficiency anyway?

Despite the blood test not finding a problem, I think B-vit deficiency might be possible because of drug addiction and alcoholism, I went through both.. alcohol especially leeches b-vitamins from the body.

As far as the head pressure goes.. I've not been on the board for years.. is it usually a problem of vasodilation or vasoconstriction?

If I can figure that out, there are medications I could try to see if they have any effect. I'm considering trying Wellbutrin for ADD and anhedonia.. I know it's useful for migraines too.
Hi Bill

I know you say you cant afford the tests but I really think you need them...
But anyway yes you could try the subs I recommend Methylcobalamin though not the others as it has a great impact on neuro symptoms esp.... and the healing is better you need to take a few subs though....

It is highly likely you have a deficiency with the alcholisim you are right on track there....I really dont know much about head pressure

You will need cofactors with B12 as well like folate ( chances are you are deficeint in folate from the alchol) but I am not a doctor just one you has had B12 deficiency and has great healing and know what has worked for me....That is why I recommend further tests but at least B12 is non toxic so it wouldnt hurt to try but its your chioce I cant say either way.....









Here are some symptoms of a deficiency

Numbness and tingling
vision problems
anxiety/depression
memory loss
gait disturbance
positve rombergs
trembling
cold intolerance
sleep problems
dizziness
tinnitus
l'hermittes
fatigue
shot of breathe
sore tongue
diarrhea/constipation
electric like pain in flanks
foggy head
cognitive problems
gets lost through a sentence jumbles up words
frequent urinating
weakness in the limbs and general
premature greying
tachycardia
pallpitations
loss of appetite
weight loss
These can be symptoms of many things that is why it goes undiagnosed a lot
These are some I got others i didnt and there are many more besides but these are the main ones

good luck

 
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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

Thanks for the list...

How long would it take to notice relief of symptoms if you take the sublinguals every day?

 
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Does anyone know of another forum that deals with strange health problems, and might be busier than here?

I looked at the Rare Disorder subforum here and the people complaining of head pressure got zero responses.

Please let me know!

 
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hi Bill.....the B12 subs would make you feel better,but how long it takes to help is different for eveyone...depending on how low in B12 you are and how long you've been deficient.Also if you have neurological damage it could take quite a long time.

Maybe you can get more responses from the depression or anxiety boards here.Like I mentioned to you before>head pressure can be caused from anti-depressants<....since you've been on paxil for a long time it could be to do with that.

Good Luck!

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Re: How many of us have head pressure?

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head pressure
- floaters in the eye
- Numbness/lessened of sensation on different areas of the body
- Visual problems, most noticeably (right now) is double vision, slight difficulty moving my eye muscles (seems to be tied in with head pressure)
- The double vision started 7-8 months ago, it just seems as if the "calibration" of my eyes is slightly off... hard to describe though.
- Muscle spasms/stiffness/postural problems, makes for awkward walking, but no actual problems with mobility....
-Very stiff neck
-Snapping jaw, like it's out of alignment
-My constipation (always a problem) is out of control...
....... I do have an anxiety disorder but low incidence of actual panic attacks. However, panic feelings can occasionally come from caffeine. Caffeine ingestion seems to cause occasional blurred vision and floaters, but not always.
Bill,

Many people with Lyme's Disease present with similar symptoms. You might want to check out the Lyme's Boards.

Bethsheba

 
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Bill,

Many people with Lyme's Disease present with similar symptoms. You might want to check out the Lyme's Boards.

Bethsheba
How do you know? Have you had Lyme with the same symptoms I have?

Usually with Lyme (from checking the board and basic knowledge of it) it's got dizziness and vertigo as the "most common" symptoms. Not saying everyone with Lyme has those, but that seems to be the pattern.

I don't have dizziness or vertigo...

 
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