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Old 10-03-2008, 10:21 PM   #1
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How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

Hello everyone,

Despite a long series of physiotherapists, the last being a young fresh graduate who was practically useless and only contributed to an increase in my neck stiffness and headaches, I have not been able to shake off the pressure in my head and the stiffness in my neck and shoulders.

I live in Amman, Jordan and there is not a single TMJ specialist in town so I have been trying to deal with my symptoms and learn to live with them. Unfortunately, it does not seem that I would be able to travel abroad in the foreseeable future to see a TMJ specialists.

I was wondering whether anyone had any experience with pressure on the sides and front of the head (almost feels like I am wearing a tight helmet) and the tightness in the neck and shoulders and what, from your experience, would be a good source of relief?

I am a university lecturer and my job requires a lot of standing up which I cannot seem to manage at the moment without feeling quite unstable, probably due to the stiff neck. I also have a straightening of the cervical spine due to the muscle spams.

I would really appreciate any input as we go back to teaching tomorrow and I have all but despaired of finding something that would help alleviate the pressure.

My neck is at its worst in the morning and I usually wake up with a mild headache which tends to disappear during the course of the day. Open spaces make me very nervous and after a stupid incident with a physitherapist in which he used both electrical stimulation and ultrasound at the same time led me to faint, I have been getting anxious that I might faint again. Irrational, I know.

Thanks a lot...

 
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:01 AM   #2
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Re: How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

One thing that helps me is yoga. I read about others having symptom relief from yoga on this board. I started with a very basic yoga class. Once I started to feel a bit better (from my splint / osteo / yoga cocktail) I moved up to a more intensive class. Yoga doesn't help w/ my wooziness and off balance feeling. In fact, during yoga class I find myself falling over. But it does help with loosening up the tight muscles in the neck / face / jaw / head. It's only after class that I realize how much tension I'm carrying around from TMJ / cranial / cervical problems. I'm not sure that its corrective, but my osteo says that yoga helps stretch the duramater or tissue that covers the cranium and spine.
I feel lucky enough that I can actually attend yoga class - I know lots of us have intense symptoms that preclude us from exercising. I was pretty much at that point last year - mostly lying in bed.
By the way, some of my symptoms are similar to yours... I have / had that tight feeling around in the head - like wearing a headband. I have almost persistent wooziness and ear hissing. I have sinus and throat issues as well.
Good luck.
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Old 10-04-2008, 02:27 AM   #3
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Re: How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

Thanks a lot for your response.

I have tried yoga at home and you are absolutely right, I almost always end up feeling worse afterwards because for some reason it seems to make my wobbliness much worse.

I have also been running on the treadmill at home for the past two weeks. People with TMJ go to any length to simply feel normal again, I suppose. I am not sure I have any noticed any difference yet except maybe that I lost a few pounds which is not the point at all. I am only trying to introduce exerecise as part of my daily routine to alleviate some of the symptoms.

As I mentioned before, I am Jordanian and I am yet to find a TMJ specialist here in Jordan. A so-called Jaw Specialist whom I saw a few weeks ago took an x-ray of my jaw and put me on some painkillers despite my protestations that I am in no real pain per se. He told me to come back ten days later for some jaw massage. He didn't even mention the word TMJ. He is sort of a jaw butcher and I have no doubt he would have recommended surgery next to fix something he was not even able to diagnose in the first place!

My experiences with various physiothrapists have been nothing short of comical. The last one almost blamed me for not feeling better after three sessions! I told her I was actually feeling much worse. She was sloppy and I got the feeling she was doing it just for the money and seemed quite irritated that I was not the success story she had hoped I would be since that would affect future referrals from the orthopedic specialist who referred me to her.

It was also the fasting month of Ramadan and the physiotherapist was even more cranky than usual so, all in all, it was not a delightful experience to say the least.

My best wishes to you all,..

 
Old 10-06-2008, 02:32 AM   #4
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Re: How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

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Hello everyone,

Despite a long series of physiotherapists, the last being a young fresh graduate who was practically useless and only contributed to an increase in my neck stiffness and headaches, I have not been able to shake off the pressure in my head and the stiffness in my neck and shoulders.

I live in Amman, Jordan and there is not a single TMJ specialist in town so I have been trying to deal with my symptoms and learn to live with them. Unfortunately, it does not seem that I would be able to travel abroad in the foreseeable future to see a TMJ specialists.

I was wondering whether anyone had any experience with pressure on the sides and front of the head (almost feels like I am wearing a tight helmet) and the tightness in the neck and shoulders and what, from your experience, would be a good source of relief?

I am a university lecturer and my job requires a lot of standing up which I cannot seem to manage at the moment without feeling quite unstable, probably due to the stiff neck. I also have a straightening of the cervical spine due to the muscle spams.

I would really appreciate any input as we go back to teaching tomorrow and I have all but despaired of finding something that would help alleviate the pressure.

My neck is at its worst in the morning and I usually wake up with a mild headache which tends to disappear during the course of the day. Open spaces make me very nervous and after a stupid incident with a physitherapist in which he used both electrical stimulation and ultrasound at the same time led me to faint, I have been getting anxious that I might faint again. Irrational, I know.

Thanks a lot...
susu2007,

I cannot even believe my eyes after I read your post, your symptoms are exactly, and I mean EXACTLY what I have been going through. If it helps at all just know you arn't in this alone. I'm 21 years old I have been an extremely healthy person my whole life and then all the sudden I have been dealing with what you described for 4 months now. I have had just about every test known to man and have seen over 20 doctors, from head/neck/chest mri's, x rays, ct scan, to blood tests for everything imaginable, a spinal tap, the docs just can't figure it out. The x rays of my neck do show that my spine has straightened out, just like you. My neck is stiff, I have pressure in my head, feels likes it's just extremely tight across the forehead, right in front of my ears at the temporal area, and at the base of my head on my neck. I raise my eyebrows and it feels like the whole thing is just in gridlock. It's so hard to explain. I also have dizziness, it's not like a spinning type of vertigo, it's just like this general unsteadiness or swaying that won't leave me alone. Although the dizziness is relieved by motion. Does that happen with you? Very, very weird. I've tried several medications, none have really worked, although I took valium for 2 weeks and it helped my muscles calm down and the pressure in the head went away to some extent, but sure enough when I stopped taking it everything came right back and it was even worse for 2 weeks. That really sucked. So yeah muscle relaxants help some but I don't want to take them anymore because I know the only thing they are doing is treating the symptoms and not correcting the cause. I have been to a tmj dentist and he told me I have anterior disc displacement on the left side, then he told me it wouldn't cause the symptoms I have. Since then I have continued bouncing around from doctor office to doctor office, with no help. I have seen all the top doctors in my community here and they tell me I'm like that kid you see on TV where no one can figure it out. Basically the last thing you want to hear huh? So next in the medical doctor line is going over to UC Davis. I am starting to second guess that TMJ guy now. I'm going to go get a second opinion with another doc this week. I guess if anything, I am really happy and constantly reassured that whatever is going on is not like a life threating thing like some people develop, and for that I am extremely grateful. But I know one thing and that is I am far from feeling well, it's been a pretty long time, and I am generally just a mixed combination of sad/frustrated/****** off about the whole ordeal. I'm sure you can relate. I 've had to take a term off of school, quit work, and move back in with my parents so my soul purpose in life at the moment is to get rid of these very un-welcome symptoms. I will let you know when I find a cure for this stupid thing and I would greatly appreciate it if you could do the same! Keep in touch, we will get better!

-Derek

 
Old 10-06-2008, 02:49 AM   #5
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I forgot to add that I bought this thing for my neck, it's a therapeutic magnet that you just wrap around your neck, it helps relieve some of the muscle spasms a bit. They're kind of expensive. It helps me manage this thing a little better, usually for sleeping at night. Don't expect a miracle or anything though.
I'm just not comfortable going back to popping a powerful drug like valium every night when I know it's not going to fix my problem.

-Derek

 
Old 10-06-2008, 06:39 AM   #6
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Re: How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

Hi Derek,

I am sorry to hear of your troubles. You are indeed too young to be suffering from all this.

I am fairly convinced by now that the root of my problems lies in my posture and weak neck and shoulder muscles. I used to spend long hours slumped in front of the computer. For as long as I remember, I walked with my head foward. I am 5'9 and have spent most of my life looking down to see people if that makes any sense. My bad posture probably put too much strain on my neck and shoulder muscles and as you know, spastic neck muscles can cause all the symptoms you and I have. Straightening of the cervical spine is also caused by severe spasms in the neck. Correct those and your cervical spine will resume its natural shape.

I am going to start a new course of physiotherapy on Wednesday. My new doctor and physiothrapist both agree that I have severe muscle tension and they think I am going to need between 12 to 14 sessions to tackle the problem.

Most importantly, and this is something I fairly believe caused all my problems, I need to focus on correcting my posture. This is a bit tricky at the moment since my neck and shoulders feel frozen. I don't have any pain per se but they feel vey stiff and cause the feelings of wobbliness, pressure in the ears, pressure on the sides of the head and in the forehead.

Do you feel that you suffer from fatigue since your symptoms started? How is your posture? Do you spend long hours in front of the computer?


My wobbliness tends to come and go but it is quite acute if I am standing up motionless.

I am starting to doubt the TMJ diagnosis. I am a classic case of bad posture, bad neck and shoulders tension and straigthening of the cervical spine.

I am not sure how you would feel about it but maybe you should consider seeing a physiotherapist or a chiropractor and take it from there.

I really hope you feel much better soon. Good luck,..

 
Old 07-20-2010, 07:14 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot for your response.

I have tried yoga at home and you are absolutely right, I almost always end up feeling worse afterwards because for some reason it seems to make my wobbliness much worse.

I have also been running on the treadmill at home for the past two weeks. People with TMJ go to any length to simply feel normal again, I suppose. I am not sure I have any noticed any difference yet except maybe that I lost a few pounds which is not the point at all. I am only trying to introduce exerecise as part of my daily routine to alleviate some of the symptoms.

As I mentioned before, I am Jordanian and I am yet to find a TMJ specialist here in Jordan. A so-called Jaw Specialist whom I saw a few weeks ago took an x-ray of my jaw and put me on some painkillers despite my protestations that I am in no real pain per se. He told me to come back ten days later for some jaw massage. He didn't even mention the word TMJ. He is sort of a jaw butcher and I have no doubt he would have recommended surgery next to fix something he was not even able to diagnose in the first place!

My experiences with various physiothrapists have been nothing short of comical. The last one almost blamed me for not feeling better after three sessions! I told her I was actually feeling much worse. She was sloppy and I got the feeling she was doing it just for the money and seemed quite irritated that I was not the success story she had hoped I would be since that would affect future referrals from the orthopedic specialist who referred me to her.

It was also the fasting month of Ramadan and the physiotherapist was even more cranky than usual so, all in all, it was not a delightful experience to say the least.

My best wishes to you all,..

 
Old 07-20-2010, 07:19 PM   #8
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Re: How do I get rid of the pressure in the head? Advice urgently needed

My mom has had all of your symptoms, tightening of the head, nausea, dizziness, ringing in ear, ect. She was diagnosed with TMJ first, then a Dr. said she had stenosis in neck. What have any of you found that helps? Anything. My mom can't leave house and wants to go to ER daily. They think she's insane.

Any Dr.'s you can name would be helpful and any treatment.
thank you

 
Old 07-20-2010, 07:20 PM   #9
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My mom has had all of your symptoms, tightening of the head, nausea, dizziness, ringing in ear, ect. She was diagnosed with TMJ first, then a Dr. said she had stenosis in neck. What have any of you found that helps? Anything. My mom can't leave house and wants to go to ER daily. They think she's insane.

Any Dr.'s you can name would be helpful and any treatment.
thank you

 
Old 07-21-2010, 06:30 AM   #10
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Where are you located? She needs to get to someone that specializes in TMD, and Craniofacial Disorders. Also, she may want to rule out anything neurological with a good neurologist. The tmj specialist should belong to the associations that I've listed on the great tmj doctors thread at the top of this page. Just look for my post.

 
Old 07-22-2010, 02:39 AM   #11
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Hi there it's so reassuring to know someone else is going through similar problems. Sometimes it feels like I'm going mad. You have inspired me to attend a yoga class as I am sure it is good for your well being. I will probably fall over to as I constantly feel light headed and dizzy. I am determined to be positive and beat this. Good uck x

 
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