05-25-2012, 08:05 PM
Join Date: May 2012
Back of Head Pain, Nausea, Feeling Intoxicated
I'm new here and need some insight as to what's been happening to me. I have searched the Internet to no avail, and I'm hoping for help here.
I have suffered from headaches since I can remember. I've been told I have migraines, clusters, tension, and menstrual migraines. In the past, the pain has mostly gone from the back of my head, banding around to the front. Symtoms included sensitivity to light, noise, smell, etc. They've come and gone over the years since childhood.
Three days ago, I became very nauseated at work. It got to a point where I couldn't concentrate and left for home. I went home and slept for a few hours and when I woke up, I had a crushing headache at the base of my skull (where the bump is). I felt very drunk, confused, I couldn't communicate what I was feeling, I was dizzy, my lips were numb, I was extremely nauseated, and I "crumpled" to the floor at least three times. I have no memory of this. My husband told me that I kept saying that I felt strange, and drunk, that I couldn't think and that I was scared. He helped me back to bed and I fell immediately back to sleep.
Since then, the pain at the base of my skull has been present (on average at a 5 or 6 level). The confusion has stopped and I no longer feel intoxicated. However, the other symtoms have come and gone.
I am absolutely terrified.
Thank you for reading
05-30-2012, 03:33 PM
Senior Veteran (female)
Join Date: Aug 2005
Re: Back of Head Pain, Nausea, Feeling Intoxicated
I am sorry to hear of the new symptoms and pains you are going through. Over time I have also developed issues with the back of my head/base of skull/top of neck. My migraines and other headaches were pretty similar for years and this started up about a year ago, so it's very possible for things to just change over time. I'm still working to find a way to feel back to my usual self, but like you mentioned, it seems difficult to pinpoint exactly what is going on in there. Others mentioned a neurologist.. do you see one? Have you seen any other kinds of doctors for your headaches recently? My last doctor thinks there might be a structural issue (even if something tiny) going on that causes my symptoms. I'm going to see another specialist later in June to look into things more. I tried physical therapy in the past, but I may consider a different kind of physical therapy, depending what they suggest. Have you looked into that possibility? Various structural issues can happen for many reasons and nothing big, and cause so many different kinds of symptoms. Nerves can be compressed and irritated, creating even more symptoms.
Then of course it could just be worsening migraine (or other type of headache) symptoms. I sure do hope they don't get like this every time for you. Most of all, just keep an eye out for anything that seems alarming, like signs of stroke or seizure for example. There is always the option of getting an MRI. For pains in this area, some doctors recommend a brain and/or cervical spine MRI.
Unfortunately I do not think many people find relief from medicines for this, so if you do, that is a wonderful thing. I find it best to try to avoid them by keeping good posture, laying down when I need to, avoiding intense exercise, and trying to keep stress down as much as possible. Of course they can't be avoided every time, but small lifestyle changes can at least help a little. Good luck to you!
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