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Old 03-08-2006, 03:22 AM   #1
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light headedness and mild headaches

I have been experiencing light headedness for the last 5 weeks. The way I would describe the light headness is like being a bit 'spaced' out, kind of like I've had a few beers or something. I don't drink alcohol very often and haven't been drinking since I've been experiencing these symptoms.

I experience the symtpoms most days to varying degrees, although some days I feel fine. The symtoms are sometimes occompanied by mild headaches at the front of the head (forehead) and usually to one side.

I also have slight neck pain when I bend my head forwards. My head also feels like it is too heavy for my neck to support, that is how I would describe the sensation.

I have been to my GP 3 times about this. The first time he thought the problem may be related to tense neck muscles and prescribed me a muscle relaxant. This seemed to get rid of the headaches but didn't make any difference to the light headedness, and only slight difference to the neck pain.

The second time I visited him he took my blood pressure, which was normal.

The third time I visited he took my blood pressure again which was again normal, and I had a full blood count done. The results of the blood test came back fine, so I'm at a complete loss as to what could be causing the problem, or what to do next.

He is referring me to the ENT specialist at my hospital, as he thinks the problem could be related to my inner ear, as this controls balance. That could possibly explain the light headedness, but I can't see how that would explain the neck pain and headaches.

Has anyone experienced similar symptoms, or can anyone shed any light on this?

If you can then I'd be very interested to hear, as this is driving me mad.

For the record, I have also had a slight cough for the last year or so and I was diagnosed as having post nasal drip. Not sure whether this could be connected to my other problems though.

 
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Old 03-08-2006, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: light headedness and mild headaches

"For the record, I have also had a slight cough for the last year or so and I was diagnosed as having post nasal drip. Not sure whether this could be connected to my other problems though."

Yes it could all be related. IF you have an inner ear disorder.

First thing that came to my mind was an inner ear disorder actually Then I read that you were on the way to an ENT, so thats a good start. There is an inner ear disorder board, and may great ppl thee who would be able to help you out.

The other thing that came to mind was TMJ - temporamandolar joint dysfunction. It can cause headaches, neck pains, eustachian tube dysfunction (ear problems) lightheadedness, dizziness, brain fog (the drunk feeling you decribe) and many many other things. Do you experience any jaw pains? a clicking/popping sound when opening your mouth? It is worth looking into.

Good Luck and I hope you feel better soon.

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Old 03-08-2006, 07:00 AM   #3
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I have had the same problem for over three years! I am very lightheaded when I sit and can't rest my head on something. It feels like my head is going to just fall off my body - or like you said, too heavy for my neck to support. I have been to an ENT, cardiologists, neurologists and even an endocrinologist. They can find nothing wrong with me. When I explain my symptoms, the doctors act like I am totally nuts. I have also developed horrible anxiety because of the way I have been treated by the medical community. I had a doctor tell me off in her office once and told me "it is just a little light headedness, get over it!". I finally had a doctor tell me last week that she thinks it is coming from the herniated discs in my neck, but there is nothing that can be done about it. I suffered whiplash about two months before this all started and I am convinced it has something to do with that. I was getting ready to go to a chiropractor and my doctor told me not to. She said physical therapy may help. Don't let doctors treat you like you're crazy because they will eventually make you think you are. Please please please let me know if you find anything out. I check these message boards often and have never seen anyone describe the same problem I have. Take care!

 
Old 03-09-2006, 05:01 AM   #4
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Re: light headedness and mild headaches

Hi Angela and Leela.

It's nice to know that I'm not alone in experiencing these symptoms, as it's
beginning to drive me mad!

With regards to Leela's comments about doctor's, I totally agree that they do try to make you feel that it is all physcological and not to make such a fuss about it. It is 'easy' for them to say as they don't have to put up with the awful symptoms! It makes my blood boil when they try to tell me it's all in my mind, as I know that problem is 'definately' physical!

Leela, do you sometimes experience a sensation in your head as though an elastic band has been put round the head, causing a pressure sensation? I have those symptoms as well at times.

With regards to the jaw clicking, my jaw does click sometimes, but seems ok at the moment. As I write this message my light headedness is quite severe and I have a mild headache at the front of my head. Incidentally, when I get the light headedness I notice that my neck also aches a bit, so quite possible a connection there. Also my co-ordination is a bit out due to the light headedness. Do you feel this way too?

Leela, it was interesting to hear that you had whiplash a while back, as I too suffered whiplash in a car accident about 4 years ago now. Maybe there is a connection.

I may have to wait a while before getting an ENT appointment (good old NHS!!) but as soon as I do have a check up I will post back on this thread to update you both on the situation.

In the meantime, hope you both feel better soon and please let me know if you manage to find out what's causing your problems. I will do likewise.

Ate least we can now suffer with our symptoms together!

 
Old 03-09-2006, 05:07 AM   #5
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Hi Leela,

Following on from my previous post I forgot to mention that I also feel more light headed when I am unable to rest my head on something, and I have noticed that when I lie on the couch at home the symptoms go away quite a bit as my head is being supported by a cushion on the couch.

Just thought i'd mention this and I too am so glad that someone else is having 'exactly' the same symptoms as me, as the doctor's do try to make you feel like you are going mad.

Incidentally, do you have any major stress in your life at the moment?

I have just moved house and the problems co-incided with that so wondering whether the symptoms have been brought on/worsened by the stress!

Anyway, take care.
Robbierazz.

 
Old 03-09-2006, 05:52 AM   #6
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Hi Robbierazz. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy, but I have to say I am glad I am not alone in this. Like I said, for three years I haven't seen anyone describe these symptoms.

Yes, I do get pressure in my head. It doesn't come on at any certain time, or when I am doing anything specific. It happens at random times.

When I lay on the couch, or even recline where my head is supported, I am not lightheaded. It is only when I am sitting up with nothing to rest my head on. It happens sometimes when standing too. It is the worst when sitting in front of the computer.

I forgot to mention that I also get sensations (occassionally) where it feels like my head is moving to the side, but in fact it is not. It is really hard to describe. It almost makes me feel like I am going to fall (and it too is while I'm sitting).

When this first started, I was under a lot of stress. However, that stress is gone and the lightheadedness feeling is still with me. I, too, wonder if stress didn't bring it on.

One more thing...about three months ago I hurt my neck when I reached over to turn off my alarm clock (like I pulled a muscle or something). For three days, I couldn't turn my head. The lightheadedness went away entirely. It was so nice to feel normal again. A little over a month ago I started getting headaches. For three weeks they got worse every day. I ended up at the ER. They did a CT and a spinal tap and of course they couldn't find anything. I had to lay flat the whole next day because of the spinal tap and the next day had the worst headache I have ever experienced. The day after that, the lightheadedness was back. Obviously there is something going on.

I am so sorry that you have to suffer these symptoms. We look healthy, so no one can understand what we're going through. Two doctors have told me "there are people much worse off than you, so just live with it and be glad you don't have something serious". They just don't understand. I am an accountant and work on a computer most of the day. No one realizes how hard it is just to get through the day.

Please continue to post on here. I am just glad someone knows how I feel.

Take care!

 
Old 03-09-2006, 06:24 AM   #7
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Hi Robbierazz

I was just looking back through the posts and now I'm wondering, you said you had a bloodwork up done, but did they check your vitamin/nutrients for any deficiencies? I had 4 diff docs do "complete" blood work ups, and they completely missed a b12 deficiency. Just a thought. They can cause those symptoms as well.

 
Old 03-09-2006, 08:55 AM   #8
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Angela, I'm not sure if my blood test included checking for vitamin deficiancies, as all I know is that they did a full blood count (whatever that really means!) and when I phoned for the results I was told that my sirum, cholestrol (lipid) levels were normal and that my renal functions were normal. They didn't elaborate further, suffice to say that the tests were normal.

That is a very good point you have raised though, and I may just phone my GP to find out exactly what tests 'were' carried out on my blood sample.

Thanks for the info, very interesting indeed....

Leela, I too get the feeling that my head wants to lean to one side and this makes me feel like I am going to fall over. Also, like yourself, my work involves extensive use of a computer as I am an Electronic Engineer who also provides IT support to members of my department. I would say that 70% of my job involves using a PC. Also, like yourself, my symptoms are worse when sitting at the computer. Incidentally, I have had an eye test and that was fine also.

One thing I meant to ask you before is do you sometimes feel as though your head/neck is twitching slightly? I get this feeling but when asking people if they notice it whilst talking to me they say that they don't notice any movement, although it feels as though it is moving to me, most strange!

Another thing I notice is that I find it hard to stare at people for long periods whilst talking to them, almost as if it is difficult to concentrate on them, and I have to look away for a second or two before looking at them again. I never used to have this problem before the light headedness started.

Any of the above symptoms sound familiar to you??

Take care!

 
Old 03-10-2006, 06:30 AM   #9
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Hey Robbie. I don't know if I would call it twitching, but sometimes I get a feeling like everything inside my head is moving, but my head doesn't move. It is really hard to describe. It feels like I turned my head to the side and back real quick, even though I didn't. Does that make any sense?

And yes, it is difficult for me to talk to someone and look at them the whole time. I feel really lightheaded if just standing and talking to someone.

This stuff is so strange!

 
Old 03-10-2006, 07:49 AM   #10
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Hi Leela,

Yes, I suppose that does indeed describe my symptoms. Maybe I have a different interpretation of twitching to you, but basically all my symptoms match yours. What a pair eh?! :-)

These symptoms are so strange and very occasionally my light headedness is so severe that I think i'm going to faint, even though I have never fainted before in my life!

I will keep searching on google for answers as I have become disolusioned with the medical authorities!

Have you ever had an inner ear problem, either recently or a long time ago?

I had a kind of cyst removed from my inner ear when I was a child but have not had any problems with my ears since, but maybe there is a connection with my current problems. However, I can't see how this would be related to my neck problems, so I am convinced it's not to do with my ear.

Strangely, I have noticed that I start to feel better the nearer I get to bed time, can't understand why that would be though!

Have you had a DSE assesment done on your computer workstation at work?

I had one done recently and my posture is apparently fine, but maybe I was just going by the rule book because the assesor was standing here at the time! :-)

I have just had that sensation again of a very slight pressure around my head, just above the ear on each side. It is almost like a pins and needles type sensation combined with the pressure sensation, really hard to describe though!

Anyway, if you don't mind I was thinking that it may be a good idea to report to each other on here regularly with our symptoms, particularly if either of us notice any new symptoms or symptoms that we haven't discussed on here yet. What do you reckon?

Take care!
Robbie.

 
Old 03-13-2006, 06:08 AM   #11
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Robbie-

Yes, what a pair we are.

My lightheadedness makes me feel like I am going to faint too. I had a tilt table test and everything was fine. That test is done to see what your blood pressure and heart rate do when you stand upright. I felt like I was going to pass out, but apparently my body wasn't showing them anything. Figures, right?

I had multiple ear infections as a child. However, I saw an ENT when this first started and everything is fine with my ears. I had an ENG and the results were normal. That was awful. The blew hot air in each ear for what felt like an eternity and then I had to come up with names from A-Z. Don't ask me what that is supposed to show, but I did fine.

I have not had a DSE assesment. I have never heard of that. I know my posture is bad. I raise my shoulders up to support my head (since it feels like it is going to roll right off my neck). I'm sure that is why my neck hurts, but I can't help holding my shoulders like that. It is the only way I can get through the day.

Definitely keep reporting back. We can keep this thread going, or start new ones. It is nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of, at least.

Thanks!

 
Old 03-14-2006, 02:42 AM   #12
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Hi Leela,

DSE stands for Display Screen Equipment and we have an assesment where I work every so often to ensure that our computer workstation and seating position/posture is adequate. Apparently, one of the most common work related injuries is Repetetive Strain Injury (RSI) and this is why DSE assesments have become a requirement in some places.

Another thing I thought of is the possibility of Diabetes, as my uncle had it and I know it can be hereditary. However, all my blood tests came back clear. Have you been tested for Diabetes?

I also had a tilt test done at the doctor's and mine was fine also, even though I didn't feel particularly steady on my feet. Strange!

Anyway, I don't feel too bad today and only have very slight light headedness, although still noticeable. However, I know that it will probably be worse again tomorow, as this is how it usually goes.

I have noticed in recent weeks that I sometimes feel a bit nauseous when in a car, almost like travel sickness type symptoms. This is worse when I'm a passenger rather than the driver. Have you noticed any other symptoms that we haven't discussed yet?

Take care!
Robbie.

 
Old 03-14-2006, 06:40 AM   #13
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Robbie -

Yes, I have been checked for diabetes. I had a four hour glucose tolerance test. That was not fun! You drink this sweet stuff and then they take your blood every hour. One hour my level was low, but then it came back up the next hour, so they said that was fine.

I always get car sick - I have since I was a child. I usually don't feel nauseated when I am driving. I cannot sit in the back seat at all. Sometimes when I use the computer for long periods I get that car sick feeling too.

I really just think there is something going on in my neck and my neck is not communicating right with my ears and eyes. Look up the term "cervicogenic dizziness". Basically your neck, eyes and ears all have to communicate with one another. There is something going on when I sit upright. I always feel lightheaded in that position. Like we discussed before, I also feel it sometimes while standing and talking to someone.

I forgot to mention my symptoms around flourescent lights. Do you have any problems with those? Pushing the cart in the grocery store is absolute torture for me! I guess it has something to do with the flourescent lights and the aisles. I can't even go by myself any more. What a way to live, right?

If you have any ideas, regardless of how trivial they may seem, please run them by me. I have been going through this for three years, and think I have ruled everything out, but I'm sure I have missed something.

By the way - how is your heart rate and blood pressure?

Keep in touch!

 
Old 03-15-2006, 09:16 AM   #14
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Hi Leela,

Yes, the glucose test doesn't sound like very much fun at all. I haven't actually had one of those done, so not sure whether to request one at this stage or not.

I was interested to hear that you sometimes feel Nauseas when at the computer, as I do as well. In fact, I am feeling quite Nauseas at the moment posting this message. I feel a lot better when I get up and walk around for a bit, even though my balance doesn'y feel too great at times!

Also, I have noticed that when I go shopping I can't look at the lights for long, particularly the brigther ones, and can't wait to get out of the store!
I know that I'm not supposed to be looking at bright lights anyway, as it can
be bad for the eyes, but I never used to have this problem! I do get disorientated when walking up and down the aisles, and it could, as you say, be to do with the flourescent lights.

I can't think of anything for you to try in order to ease the symptoms, except I have noticed something that seems to ease my symptoms a bit, even if just for a few seconds!

Basically, I start by facing forwards then I turn my head 90 degrees to the left, then back to the forwards position and then turn it 90 degress to the right. I do this ten times then I do the same again, except this time I lower my head so that my chin is touching (or nearly) my chest, then move my head back to the normal position and then tilt my head back and then back to the normal position, repeated 10 times. When I do this the light headedness just goes for a few secods and I have a very slightly 'cool' sensation on my neck. I was told to try this by a physiotherapist who treats sports related injuries. You could try it and see if it has the same/or any affect on you.

Let me know how things go.

Take care, Robbie.

 
Old 03-21-2006, 03:14 AM   #15
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Re: light headedness and mild headaches

Hi Leela,

Did you try the neck excercises I suggested in my previous post? If so, did
it make any difference, even temporarily?

How are your symptoms at the moment? Mine are still pretty much the same but I have good days and bad days with regards to how noticable the symtpoms are.

Also, does your neck ache when you move your head around?

Robbie.

 
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