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    Old 09-04-2003, 03:37 PM   #1
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    For the last four or five months, I've had some really weird things happening to me. It started when there was extreme pressure in my head. It felt like whatever is inside my head was too large for its cavity and it was expanding. I also couldn't walk straight but didn't really feel dizzy as we know dizzy to feel. Also, when it happens, I hear this noise that sounds like a large drill drilling into the Earth for oil or something. Its a two beat noise and sounds like its coming far away. Sometimes my voice sounds far away when this happens, sometimes it doesn't. All of these things happen mostly when I'm driving, or am a passenger in a car, and then I get out. I'm fine when the car is moving, but when I stand up and get out, it happens. The first doctor I went to did a CT scan, a cbc, and checked my cholestoral. The CT scan and cbc showed nothing. My cholestoral is 347 but she said my symptoms can't be cause by high cholestoral. Because she couldn't find anything, she told me to go to a psychiatrist. MAn was I ******. I told her that was a cop out on her part. Today, I went to another doctor and told her my symptoms. I don't know whether she believed me but she said she'll look at the test results that were taken and let me know what she thinks. Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong with me? It can't be psuedotumor or whatever I've been reaading about because I have no vision loss. Please help. Any and all suggestions greatly appreciated. I've spent four months on the internet trying to self diagnose and have come up with nothing.

     
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    Old 09-04-2003, 05:47 PM   #2
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    Don't feel like it's too strange...I have a very similar problem. I have had it for about 3 years on and off. Whether I laugh, cry, sneeze, yell, get up, etc. I will feel a searing pain through my neck and base of my skull, and then it feels as if my brain is too big for my skull...I explained it to my doctor by illustrating my point this way: you know when you watch those old Tom & Jerry cartoons and the mouse hit the cat's toe with a big hammer and the toe makes a "boing-boing" noise and swells up? Well that's the feeling/sound I get. And sometimes I gray out a little. I haven't experienced it for a little while now, but at some point it lasted for 3 months. Before that time, I ignored it...thought I was being overly sensitive...or maybe I was dehydrated...or that it was a head rush. Then when it lasted so long, I went to my doctor, told him about it, and asked to be given a referral to a neurologist. The neuro looked me over, asked a series of questions, gave me a "test" wherein I touched my nose, walked a straight line, etc. and then he pronounced me over-stressed and depressed, and wanted to put me on Elevil. I refused, because I didn't need the added problems of side effects. My husband has been around and watched as I've had one of these "attacks" and he was the one who urged me to bring it up with a doctor. Just hold in there, and if you can afford a second opinion, try and see a doctor that's been recommended by a friend or colleague. I wish you luck and resolution.

     
    Old 09-04-2003, 06:37 PM   #3
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    [Thanks, Cheftoni. Your Tom and Jerry analogy was, in my opinion, very good. I'm guessing the doctor looked at you as if you had two heads. Sometimes the things that happen are so bizarre seemingly as we experiencee them, and by trying to put them into words, it is beyond possibility. The doctor I went to today was for a second opinion. She, atleast, gave me the impression she was taking me seriously. I can only hope. Unfortunately, the more time I spend on the internet trying to self diagnose, the more I am convincing myself of having every disease on the net. I think its called "medical school syndrome." Anyway, thanks Cheftoni for responding. Glad to know I'm not alone.

     
    Old 09-05-2003, 11:33 AM   #4
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    hi there,i have pseudotumor cerebri and it could well be, alot dont have the same symptons or any vision loss or headaches,the only way to find out for sure is a lumbar puncture which will show high cerebral spinal fluid,every other test can come back normal.check it out as ptc (or also known as intracranail hypertension) is a horrible disease that takes over your life if not controlled and maybe not now but can take yor vision,it took me a year to diagnose so push the neuro opthalmologists.

     
    Old 09-05-2003, 01:29 PM   #5
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    OK, Now, Head1, I'm getting scared. I've never had a disease in my life. Please tell me how it can be controlled. Also, how long before your vision is gone if it goes untreated. I am really scared now. I finally found the man I've been waiting for my entire life and we have plans to buy an old house together and fix it up early next year. I am so afraid I won't be able to continue my active life. Please tell me I'm wrong.

     
    Old 09-05-2003, 08:24 PM   #6
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    Please don't worry yourself sick.
    If your CT scan came back normal I'm sure you're fine.
    It sounds an awful lot like an inner ear problem to me.
    Check out the inner ear problem board on here. You'll find a lot of them have the same symptoms as you do.
    It is managable.

     
    Old 09-06-2003, 11:47 AM   #7
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    hi lifejourney,yes there is treatment,but u need to b diagnosed first,there is plenty of info on net,it also has 3 names so try searching under pseudotumor cerebri,benign intracranial hypertension and idiopathic intracranial hypertension,the symptons are many and varied person to person but if u have ptc u will have same symptons as a brain tumor but not one present.all tests will show clear except for a raised cerebral spinal fluid pressure test done by lumbar puncture.vision can be damaged permanently after just a few months of raised pressure on the optic nerves and blindness can occur quickly thats why its important to get diagnosed.all this sounds very scary i know but the sooner u get diagnosed the better,u will need to see a neuro opthalmologist,many drs dont even know of this illness so dont be fobbed off.is the tinnitus a pulsating rush of blood sound??do u grey out when u bend over??tiredness??dizziness??nasea??sickn ess??headaches that never go away and r agonising??tingling and pins and needles???these r just a few,i hope u dont have it but pls get checked properly.

     
    Old 09-06-2003, 04:54 PM   #8
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    Thanks, Head1 and Tascha. I'm going to go get information on the baord about inner ear problem. That is one of the things I was thinking but not suggested to me by any doctor yet. Yesterday, when I was making dinner, was my worse experience with dizziness. It came on for no reason. I wasn't bending over or hadn't even just gotten out of a car. I was just standing by the stove. All of a sudden I was so dizzy and nauseaous that I had to hold onto furniture piece after furniture piece to make my way to the living room and fall on the couch. Even after I was laying down, the room was still spinning which is not usually the case. It lasted for about five minutes then was gone. Everytime I get dizzy, it lasts only about five minutes then is gone. And it happens most times after I've gotten out of a car. Could someone tell me about their dizzy experiences so I can compare them to mine.

    The tinninus is not really a pulsating rush of blood as if I'm hearing my own heartbeat in my ears if that is what you mean. My noise sounds like its coming from far away and the only way I can describe it is it sounds like the noise y ou'd hear in an industrial area from machinery. Its a two beat noise repeated over and over. Is your's like that? I don't grey out when I bend over but the pressure in my head increases. Alot of times I can feel it as it starts from the base of my neck and comes over my head. Sometimes its a constant low level all day, not like a headache, but like constant pressure. Sometimes its debilitating and scares me to death because the pressure is so great that I feel like something dangerous has to be going on. No tinging or pins and needles. I'm always tired but have been for years. I recently started taking anti depressants. Do you think it could be caused by that?

    Thank you, all, for the many responses. I feel so alone with this, afraid to talk to too many people about it for fear they will either tire of me or think I'm crazy.

     
    Old 09-06-2003, 04:55 PM   #9
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    Could you all tell me how being in a car affects your symptoms? Thank you.

     
    Old 09-12-2003, 02:10 PM   #10
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    hi lifejourney,bein in a car doesnt affect me at all,my dizziness comes from nowhere and lasts roughly 5 - 10 mins usually,some days it can b just one bout others bout after bout but after i feel very disorientated all day,any goin from horizontal to vertical sends me haywire if i move to fast.do u have any short term memory loss??do u trip on fresh air??do u get stuck trying to say what u mean or forget at all??back and or neckache??

     
    Old 09-13-2003, 06:42 AM   #11
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    LifeJourney, your symptoms point to a severe sinus problem which is usually caused by allergies, which is what I have. Also, your symptoms seem to have started at the beginning of spring, when mine start also. I spent my entire life feeling well and suddenly developed allergies. I spent an entire summer feeling horrible and going to the doctor having loads of tests done and thinking there was something horribly wrong with me, ( doctor could find nothing wrong with me either ) Only when fall came did I make the connection to the weather and how I felt. I woke every morning feeling like I had taken some drugs, I was terribly tired and not with it at all almost the entire day, I had pressure in my head, it got worse when I bent over, fluid in my ears, dizzy spells etc. I would suggest checking on this as the source. Every single symptom you have named points to pressure in the sinuses and fluid in the ears, and this will cause every symptom you have named. I am now on Allegra for my allergies, the over the counter didn't help me at all. I would suggest seeing an ear nose and throat specialist or allergy doctor so you can see if this is the cause. If it is, there are many treatments out there for allergies, and some will not work for you, where others will work wonders. I really hope this helps you and you check into this as the source. Good luck

     
    Old 09-13-2003, 03:15 PM   #12
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    Hi Head1. No, no real short term memory loss, atleast not any worse than it usually is. And what do you mean "trip on fresh air"? I never heard that one before. You got me confused there.

    Yes, sometimes, it takes me awhile to find the word I'm looking for in a sentence which has never been the case for me. Words have always been a big part of my life. Is that short term memory loss? No, no real back or neckache.

    Man, I hate having to figure this out.


     
    Old 09-13-2003, 03:20 PM   #13
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    Hi Kamden. Thanks for your thoughts. Not long ago, about the time my symptoms started, I went to the dentist for a problem which I eventually had a root canal on. Once, when I was there, the dentist was looking at an exray and said, "Have you ever been diagnosed for a sinus problem?" Because the man wasn't real approaching, I just said no, I had never been. Then I asked, why did you ask. He said, something I saw on your exray. I didn't ask anything further.

    But, about a week ago, I went to another dentist who took another exray and I asked him if there was anything on the exray that would indicate I had a sinus problem and h e said no, that my sinuses were clear.

    Is it possible they weren't clear once and two months later they were? Even though I'm still having the same problems.

    My ear has been bothering me alot. I have wondered if its an ear problem. Right now I just went for more blood tests for things like lupus, cbc, etc. The doctor told me that if all the tests came back negative, she would send me to a neurologist so I think I have to wait until then. Hopefully, within a week I'll have test results back.

    I'm growing really tired of this.

    Thanks, Kamden, for your thoughts.


     
    Old 09-15-2003, 08:45 AM   #14
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    Sometimes a MRI is more reliable and picks up better than a cat scan. Have they ruled out any chance of a brain tumor? NO bloodwork can detect this other for an MRI. I was very fortunate to find out I was not going crazy with my hearing loss, headaches, tiredness,facial and neck pain, along with imbalance problems. I felt hopeless and improved greatly with radiation treatment.

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