| | constant dull head pressure
Two weeks ago on Monday, I exerienced a sharp jabbing head pain that lasted for only a few seconds. I didn't think much of it because I have had them before and they usually go away. However, this time the jabs happened again and then I felt a dull sensitive pressure on the top left back part of my head. For the next few days, I would feel the sharp jabs after exercising and the pressure feeling would last pretty much the entire day. I went to the doctor on Thursday and the doc did a short neurological exam and said that he didn't think it was anything serious and gave me a prescription for Naproxen. I started taking the prescription immediately and the next day I could still feel the pressure and my stomach started hurting every time I ate. Also, I would experience a twitching feeling above my right ear.
Saturday, I left for a vacation cruise and I was still having the pressure feeling but I was not having the sharp pains any more. However, the pain after eating was getting worse. I quit taking the Naproxen and the pressure turned into what I can only describe as having an ice pack on my head.
Also, during this time I was also taking Goody's, Ibuprofen and Tylenol. I started having black stools which I knew could be upper GI bleeding. I went to the infirmaary on the boat to get some Mylanta and I mentioned the black stools and they said that I had to go to the hospital. At this time, I am in Cozumel, Mexico and I didn't want to go but they said that I didn't have a choice because we were to be all day at sea the next day and if I did started bleeding internally, there was nothing they could do.
So, I was hospitalized in Mexico and they did a bunch of tests and anyway, I will leave a lot of those details out. I returned to Tampa and my cold head sensations were pretty intense. I don't know if the stress from the Mexico incident made them worse but I was concerned enough to go to the emergency room. A nerological exam and CT scan was performed which both came back normal. The doc prescribed me some fioricet which I have yet to take because I am still worried about upsetting my stomach again. The cold sensations subsided for most of the next day but I could still feel them slighlty.
Today, the annoying head pressure has been okay at best but I can still feel the pressure. My family doctor's office was closed today for the holiday but hopefully I will be able to see him tomorrow. I am extremely worried about what may be found.
I have been trying to self diagnose myself but I come up with too many possible causes. My neck and shoulders are always sore so I thought that I may be having tension headaches. I also thought that it may be tension headaches because I have been under a lot of stress at work.
About two weeks before the pressure started, I had a bad case of sinus problems that lasted for about two weeks. I was blowing all kinds of junk from my nose and I had some congestion. I thought maybe the headaches could be related to that but I am not experiencing any facial pains and my nose isn't running any more.
I have also thought that I may have done something to my neck either at the gym or because I am always "popping" my neck. I haven't found much information on this subject.
Another thing I have thought of is that I may need another eye exam. I noticed that I haven't been seeing too well and my right eye is weaker than my left eye, so I started using my contacts presrcibed for my left eye for my right eye too. This has really helped with my sight but I still may need to have an exam.
And finally I have been doing research on anxiety headaches. I suffered from panic attacks about two years ago and was placed on Zoloft for about 1.5 years. I quit taking the medication and I seem to have a pretty good control on my anxiety attacks though I still need a Xanax from time to time.
Another thing I have thought of is that I may be clinching my teeth. I have been cheked out before on this because I thought that I was having an earache and you could see bite marks on the sides of cheeks. I started wearing a mouth piece and the ear pain and bite marks went away. I quit wearing the mouth guard and the ear aches haven't come back but the bite marks have. I am wearing the mouth piece again hoping that grinding my teeth is what is causing my head pressure.
Of course I am also considering brain cancer. My head never really hurts, it just an annoying pressure like feeling and my head feels like its in a fog. I guess that I will have to undergo more tests to rule out this possibility.
Sorry for writing a book but I just needed to get out everything that I have been going through lately and I have found this board to be very informative.