Headache and Panic Disorder... An Awful Combination
First of all, I'm new to these forums (What a wonderful way to start, eh?).
About a week ago, I started having a strange feeling in my head. Not the usual headache I'm used to, but a slight pain when I would change position too fast or bend over. I dealt with this for a few days before the visual disturbances showed up. Everything seemed extremely bright; my computer monitor was almost unbearable to look at. Then, my anxiety struck. I've had GAD and panic attacks since I was 14 (I'm 17 now), and I have a bad habit of becoming a hypochondriac whenever I have a physical ailment. Finally, yesterday, the pressure and ominous feeling seemed to vanish, but this morning it came back with a vengeance. A few seconds after waking up, I started getting that pulsing feeling in my right temple. The light sensitivity got much worse, and turning the lights on in my room immediately made my eyes hurt. I also developed this strange feeling of 'pressure' in my ears whenever I hear certain sounds. It's kind of like the feeling when you try to pop your ears, but without any conscious decision. So I fought through the day like this, and when I came home I crashed. Sleeping did almost nothing (laying down actually made the pulsing worse), and the nightmares I had didn't help with my anxiety.
Basically, I'm wondering if anyone has experienced headaches like this, and if they have, what causes them/how to deal with them. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow evening to figure out some options, but in my current mental state, it would be nice just to have someone to relate to.