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    Old 10-11-2007, 06:12 PM   #1
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    Pounding/Pulsing in head

    Hello all,

    If someone could please help or share their stories I would appreciate it. I'm on the verge of a panic attack.

    Since roughly the middle of August 2007 I've had this pulsing/pounding in my head. It's in the same place all the time (a little above my forehead above my left eye). It has never hurt like a headache (I've never been the type to get headaches a lot or migraines), but it's almost always there. When I don't feel it I don't know if it's because it's really just not there or if it's because I just preoccupied with something else. When it first started it was pretty much the same all the time. It's there when I wake up in the morning and it's there when I go to bed at night - I have yet to wake up in the middle of the night because of it.

    Lately though, it's there in the mornings and seems to not really be too much of a factor during the day. However in the evenings it starts to get a little more intense and unless I have some noise in the background when I go to sleep (fan/tv) I have a hard time falling asleep.

    If I put my hand where I feel the pulsing I cannot feel it pulsing or anything. What lead me to this site was a similiar post here ([url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-23438.html)[/url]. I've done a little reading and the reason I'm freaking out here is because I'm seeing similiar symptoms associated with "tumor." I'm 24 and in I believe relatively good health. I'm 6' 3" and I weight about 290 lbs. I've smoked for the past 4 years but since the middle of the summer I've cut back tremendously. Although sometimes when I smoke now it seems to briefly intensify the pounding.

    I first went to see a doctor 2-3 weeks after this started and he recommended I get a CT scan. I have yet to have the CT scan because I do not have health insurance.

    I think I've taken almost every OTC med that I can think of (aspirin (although it was expired), various forms of Excedrin, etc.) I've been taking Ibprofen lately b/c it seems to lessen the pounding/pulsing and I drink a 20 oz. coffee 3-4 days a week early in the morning.

    Any help is greatly and/or similiar stories is much, much appreciated.

     
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    Old 10-12-2007, 03:56 PM   #2
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    i am just a bit confused on something i am hoping you can clarify for me.you stated this is a 'pounding pulsing' sensation but there is not an actual headache there??but then you mentioned taking a bunch or different pain relievers.hence my confusion,ya know what i mean?this is what i need to know for sure.just how are your BPs?is there any way you could get your BP taken when this is actually occuring?most fire stations will do this for you if you show up when there is someone there.or many drug stores have one type of set up or another right there by their pharmacy that you can use.Marcia
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    Old 10-13-2007, 04:13 PM   #3
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    I said in my first post that I did go to the doctors office a couple weeks after this started. I am almost positive they took my blood pressure when I was there and everything was fine. I do not recall ever having high or low blood pressure. I took all the OTC meds just to see if something would help.

     
    Old 10-14-2007, 07:26 AM   #4
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    gotcha,now it makes more sense to me,thanks.what i was referring to was taking your BP DURING the sensation and doing it when it isn't happening?just to compare the two.sometimes a raise in BP can create that same type of sensation.i know exactly what it is you are describing as i also get this.sometimes it is a raise in my BP and sometimes there doesn't really appear to be a 'good' reason for it.it wouldn't hurt you tho to at the very least,only becasue this appears to be an ongoing thing,to obtain an MRI/MRA type of scan?the MRI would look at all structures within the brain and the MRA looks strictly only at the arterial structures within the brain without all of the other stuff in the way to hide some of the arteries from view.if nothing shows on these types of tests,at least many many possibilities for what you are feeling can be ruled out and you would know with pretty good certainty that this is not a brain realted issue,ya know what i mean?

    the c spine or even the neck area(the arterial structures within it)could also be spots where something is changing the velocity of your normal blood flow.this could present with your exact type of symptoms.just something else to look at.you could actually have the brain and the c spine done at the very same time too.you just need to start testing things to just rule them out if nothing else as possible reasons(this is just how any real Dx is actually made with anything).sometimes this type of senation can be there without any real good reason(unknown etiology).its just the way your vascular structures are.but you do need to know for certain what may or may not actually be going on inside the areas i mentioned.you just need to know.i would have a chat with your primary about this and tell him you need some answers soon.he is the one who has to give you that referral for the MRI/MRA and c spine.if this were me, this is what i would do to.i have already had my brain and c spine scanned to the max and angiograms.i did have an actual aneurysm confirmed inside my brain but that particular symptom was not actually related to it.my only real ongoing symptom that was related to my particular aneurysm was these freaky 'heat rushes" down the back of my head into my c spine.very strange.never had one headache with mine.you just need a full eval done on this symptom.could be a something or nothing,but you wont know for sure til you get that look inside ya know?i wish you luck and hope they can pin down what is actually causing it for you soon.please keep me posted.marcia
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    Old 10-14-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    Marcia, thanks for your insight. It's not that I'm opposed to having these tests done but my main thing is I don't have health insurance so whatever I need to have done is probably going to come out of pocket for me. When I visited the doctor he told me I should have a CT scan done (I have one scheduled this week), but from what you said and some other things I have seen online, it seems like a MRI would be a better route.

    Maybe I'll try taking my bp in the morning and in the evening and see if there is any difference. Whatever I find out I'll let you know. Also, what is the time frame of having a CT Scan done and knowing the results?

    Also, the other night when I started to get real panicy(?), I took a couple Ativan to try to calm me down and although my head was still pulsing/pounding, it was not bad at all. I guess I mean it was not very intense like it has been sometimes during the evening/night. Does that mean anything or shed light on to what type of problem it may be?

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    Old 10-15-2007, 08:44 AM   #6
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    anxiety can actually 'feed" many conditions and exacerbate them too.but this also does do some muscle relaxing so it could indicate a possible muscle relation to these too.you just really wont know til you can get that look inside ya know?you are right,an MRI would be a much more definitieve type of test,but without ins,it could be a problem.the thing is tho,you need to really look at what is going to give you the 'most for your money' here.if you get a CT and nothing or something does or doesn't show,the next step would naturally be the MRI.now you have to pay for a CT and if you really want answers,also an MRI.in your particular case,i would seriously bypass the CT and go right for that MRI.most bang for your buck type thing ya know?the MRI would just show you all of what needs to really be seen that simply wont show up on a CT,even with contrast,whicle an MRI with contrast would give you ALOT of solid info.its the old trade off thing.you could work out some type of payment plan with the radiology place doing the test.out there inthe medical field where some people have life or death issues,they just HAVE to be able to accomodate everryones different needs.if you really do need an MRI,well they can work with you on paying for it.i would seriously speak with your doc before you have this CT done about possibly going right to the type of test that will just give you the most info at this point.considering your no ins situation,i cannot imagine him realistically telling you no,ya know what i mean?you are just(in this particular case)a consumer,trying to get the most for your money.

    with most rad type tests(CT MRI whatever?) the docs will usually get the results themselves,depending on the situation,between one day or three days.they genrally fax them over these days.alot depends on what is actually found on the test too.if i were you,i would just really try and obtain that MRI with contrast before doing a simple CT.it just doesn't show certain things as well or not at all.just my opinion.good luck and please keep me posted,Marcia
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    Old 10-16-2007, 05:31 PM   #7
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    Well I ended up getting the CT Scan done this afternoon ... the MRI was going to be nearly double the price of the MRI.

    @catman48:
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    I looked up a list of Hill Burton obligated facilities and there are none in my area.
    *EDIT*

    I went to our the welfare office today and I was denied a medical card because:
    1. I am not permanently disabled from working.
    2. I am not on any life-sustaining medication.
    3. I do not work more than 100 hours a week at minimum wage.
    I am going to apply for Financial Assistance - I got an application today from the hospital I went to. I have no idea if that will produce anything or not. I also looked into buying private health insurance. However, because this is a pre-existing condition, it would not cover anything related to it.

    I'll keep you posted on what I find out.

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    Old 10-17-2007, 01:00 PM   #8
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    Good news! (I think),

    I just got the results back and the doc's office said my CT Scan came back negative. The only thing was that the scan showed was "mucus retention in the left maxillary sinus." Not 100% sure what to do about that but the office said they would call back within a day about what they wanted me to do.

    My next question is, what the hell is "mucus retention..." and can/is it be related to the pounding/pulsing in my head because so far it's still there?

     
    Old 10-18-2007, 07:43 AM   #9
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    I had one of those show up on my last MRI.they are totally harmless,just a little glob of possible 'snot' or some mucus/liquid can slip under the skin and form a tiny little pocket.they pose no danger and are pretty innocuous.i would seriously doubt it has anything at all to do with what you are feeling,really.you can do a little search on mucus retention cysts and see what pops up on them,but from what my neuro told me,they really do not impact anything major,they kind of just 'are',you know what i mean?it was ony noted becasue it happened to show up and they kind of have to note anything that isn;t normally in an area while interpretting scans.an incidental finding.

    i would really speak with your doc about that MRI tho.i know your situation but this really would be the best possible 'look' into the areas you need checked.hopefully you can find way to work this out somehow.marcia
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    Well I go back to the docs at the end of the month. So far I've found that Ativan and Xanax seem to make short work of whatever is going on with my head and hopefully I can keep taking those until I found out what exactly is going on.

     
    Old 10-19-2007, 08:13 AM   #11
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    Re: Pounding/Pulsing in head

    hey rod,the more i hear about this the more i am starting to wonder if this really isn't a muscle type issue.women tend to carry their stress in there upper back and neck area while men carry it more in their heads,around the head? so the forhead and the 'banded" area surrounding it,the muscles there can tense up and tighten and create all kinds of problems.i know i get certain types of headaches in my temple area and the only thing that really helps is when i take a half a valium.it calms down alot.honestly?i think you should really try and get into see someone who does massage and have them concentrate on that head area and loosening up the muscles there and just see if anything actually changes for you.it would be worth it to just try it.if you do get relief,this could all be being caused possibly just by stress and over tensed muscles and spasms.just give it a shot,i mean it wouldn't hurt to try ya know?let me know if you go ahead with this,i really want to know if it helps at all.it "could' really be that simple.good luck,Marcia
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    Marcia, I appreciate your persistence with my thread. My mother keeps telling me that she thinks what I'm experiencing is stress related. I keep saying that I don't think that is what it is. I have been under a lot of stress lately, but I would not say that this is the most stressed I have ever been. She says that there are a lot of things going on right now in my life that I'm just not identifying as stressors(?). In August I had some legal precedings I had to do some things for (I'm not in trouble). I'm still in college and when it came time to go back to school I was not the least bit excited while my last 10 semesters (I've been in a long time and if anyone is curious, it is definitely not the way to go). I've always been pumped to start each semester. A couple weeks ago my girlfriend and I found out she was pregnant. And I had a professor this semester (I ended up dropping the class) whose sole purpose in life is to make others miserable. So maybe it is stress.
    The other thing is that when I'm out drinking, my head hurts less than it normally does. I don't know if it's the alcohol, not thinking about other things going on, or just having my attention elsewhere but it seems to help (I don't drink to make it feel better, it's just a small bonus ).
    I'll make sure I keep you posted if I find out anything else.

    Thanks again.

     
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