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    Old 12-09-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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    head pressure every day

    For almost two months now I have been getting pressure like feelings in my left temple, above my left ear and in the middle of my forehead. I also sometimes feel lit in the back of my head. They occur either in the morning, afternoon or at night. Sometime during the day I will get the pressure. When this first started happening my doctor told me it was sinuses. I was put on a steroid pack for two weeks, one week helped and the othe did not. About two weeks after that I was supposed to go see a neurologist when my tooth started to hurt. I went ot the dentist and he diagnosed me with TMJ and told me I should wait on the neuro. I was given a splint which has helped my teeth and jaw but I still am getting the pressure. I went back to my dentist yesterday to check the splint and he said my headaches could be sinuses. Yesterday I started taking Tylenol Allergy Complete which is mainly for sinuses and have noticed a difference. I am still worried though because I am afraid of this being a brain tumor. I am only 17 years old. I looked headaches up online and everything came a to a brain tumor. Besdies the the headaches I feel fine. They don't hurt when I bend over, sneeze, etc. My doctor/parents think I am just paranoid now because I looked it up online. I just wanted to get some other opinions on this.

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    Old 12-09-2005, 01:25 PM   #2
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    Imba,hey dear , hope you are feeling better. my husband has had the same thing as you , going back and forth from doc. to dendist. they still dont know but think it is sinus related. have you been given antobotics? he had to go on them for about amonth before he got some relief. usually if it is a brain tumor you are vomiting and have numbness in your arms or something. i worked in a cancer clinic and that ti what most of them said.also some of them did not even have headaches. so hang in there, you will get better .... hugs

     
    Old 12-09-2005, 01:36 PM   #3
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    thanks a lot. u made me feel a lot better. glad to hear ur husband has gotten some relief. i am taking the tylenol allergy completet first for a littel bit and then see what happens from there. thanks again!

     
    Old 12-11-2005, 04:56 PM   #4
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    i've noticed relief when I do take the Tylenol Allergy Complete which is for sinuses. The only thing now is the pressure is mostly gone but I get a sore spot on the top middle of my forehead like right where the hair line is and it is sometimes either presssury feeling, achey or just a little tender to touch. Is this normal with sinuses? When I take the Tylenol allergy complete it goes away. Also, my head never feels clear. For example when I breathe in my head feels like clogged or something where I can hear myself breathing in. I don't know how to explain it. I am still worried of a brain tumor though. I am going to wait it out a little more though (my parents want me to so i dont have to be put through a bunch of tests) and see how i do. December 17 will be 2 months this has ben going on.

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    Old 12-11-2005, 05:33 PM   #5
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    723: Ask your regular doctor to give you a form to a lab to get a 'Coronal CT'
    Scan. U R describing how I started & it went into severe ear pressure.
    Very easy w/ no needles involved. This will rule out infections or blockage
    causing pressure on nerves that go to the temple & then to upper nerves.
    If U have upper neck pain, then get a Cervical spine MRI. This can cause
    off/on blood flow problems & spontaneous head pressure. If it's your upper
    back teeth, then get CT first. If doc will order this for U, it could save time & money bouncing around. You may not need the Neuro. May need ENT &
    some antibiotics before it gets worse. If it's only on one side, it's suspect for
    sinus infection. Good luck.

     
    Old 12-11-2005, 07:27 PM   #6
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    Thanks. I am going to look into your advice.

     
    Old 12-12-2005, 01:47 PM   #7
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    Murphy --

    i took your advice and i have an appointment with an ENT this Thursday at 1:00. Wish me luck and thanks again.

     
    Old 12-14-2005, 05:08 PM   #8
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    I have been having the same thing as you for about 3 months and I imediately thought brain tumor too. Really though, there are more symptoms than just a headache. You would be extremely tired, dizzy, have nausea & vomiting and could possibly black out and/or have seizures. A headache is not a 100% sign of a tumor. Have you asked about tension headaches? I have problems with my sinuses and take Sinutab which helps. Worrying though can just make it worse. Do you clench/grind your teeth when you sleep? That can cause muscle pain in your head and temples.

    Let us know how your appointment goes. Good luck

     
    Old 12-14-2005, 05:16 PM   #9
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    tattoogirl---

    thanks for your post. i do grind/clench my teeth at night which is what caused me to have TMJ and I sleep with a splint at night. thanks for the info on the brain tumor. i am trying not to be paranoid but i am going to mention it to my ENT tomorrow that i researched it and that I am paranoid now. I am going to ask a lot of questions tomorrow and will update here to let you know how it goes.

    Thanks to all of you who left comments.

     
    Old 12-15-2005, 05:47 PM   #10
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    well i went to the ENT today. he said my sinuses were a little inflamed most likely due to allergies. i told him i was diagnosed with TMJ and he told me that it is most likely the reason for causing the headaches. he said i REALLY had TMJ. he is putting me on an anti-inflammatory. i asked him about seeing a neuro and he said he doesnt think i need any further evaluation. he also told me to do hot compresses 4 times a day. i hope this works. thanks for those concerned.

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    Old 12-16-2005, 02:01 AM   #11
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    Hello folks!

    I wanted to share my story with you as it may or may not give some new thoughts.

    I am a 31 year old male and I have never before had any problems related to ears, sinuses, or head in forms of headaches. Three months ago I was having a vacation in Malaysia. I first did two scuba dives which lasted no more than 30 minutes per each and down to 20 meters. After the dives I felt perfectly normal except I felt water in my left ear. The symptoms I had included blocked and popping ears, and occasionally I felt pain, which I hadn't felt ever before, in my jaw muscles close to ears.

    After two weeks I visited a local doctor that inspected my left ear and found there some moisturized ear wax, which she kindly removed. In addition, she noticed the external ear to have an infection. I was prescribed a four days antibiotics, decongestants, and allergy medication.

    Then I did two dives again. Nothing had really changed. I still felt my both ears blocked and cracking. I visited a local doctor again. The external ear was completely heeled and I was described some other decongestants and allergy medication. After one week I arrived at Bangkok and found a more sophisticated medical center with an ENT specialist. He diagnosed me to have or at least have had a middle ear infection to which he prescribed 14 days antibiotics. Also x-rays were taken, which indicated some infection in the frontal sinuses.

    Then I continied my travels in the Southeast Asia, sometimes going up to 3000m and then going down again. Then finally I came back to Finland, where I am from, visited a couple of ENTs, which found simply nothing, just concluded that I must have had a middle ear barotrauma. Two sets of CTs were taken, but nothing special was found from my sinusis.

    So, I was diagnosed to have a what they call as Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. I can agree with that. Then three weeks ago I started to have constant feeling of pressure on top of my left eye and both sides of the nose bridge. Basically the location where the frontal sinuses are, to my knowledge. I was scheduled to make a business trip to India, which included quite a lot hopping by airplane within India.

    I did the trip. Each time I flew, the air pressure somehow affected first my ears and then expanded into sinuses. This resulted the rather small feeling of pressure to increase to a real pain. And the affected area expanded from the forehead/nosebridge are to cover the whole left part of my head, especially areas surrounding my left ear. When time elapsed, things got easier. But the whole procedure was repeated each time after flying, i.e. after pressure differences.

    I have a couple of theories which is causing and what but I still need to work with them. I will be happy to share my findings as soon as I know more.

    One of my whitch doctors has told me that he things the underlying reason for my sinus problems to be the following:

    i) The human skull is made out of tiny bones. Some disciplines think that those tiny bones are capable to microscopic movements at a scale of 0.5 millimeters. The overall position of these tiny bones together defines each persons cranial pressure level.

    ii) If this cranial pressure level is upnormal, it can negatively contribute to normal functioning of organs located in the head, including sinuses, eustachian tube, and so forth.

    iii) As frontal sinuses are not functioning normally, they basically block the air flow, which results in a closed air space in the frontal sinuses. This further causes a negative pressure, which is felt as if the external skin in the forehead and affected parts is sucked in.

    Ok, this is one theory. One think I am sure of, is that many of us are most likely suffering a pretty simple condition which just is not a part of ENTs or other specialists normal vocabulary and does not, unfortunately, show in those medical images taken wheter x-ray, CT, or MRI. And this is a big problem.

    ,,Mika

     
    Old 12-16-2005, 11:44 AM   #12
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    well i went to the ENT today. he said my sinuses were a little inflamed most likely due to allergies. i told him i was diagnosed with TMJ and he told me that it is most likely the reason for causing the headaches. he said i REALLY had TMJ. he is putting me on an anti-inflammatory. i asked him about seeing a neuro and he said he doesnt think i need any further evaluation. he also told me to do hot compresses 4 times a day. i hope this works. thanks for those concerned.

    Glad to hear everything went well I have done lots of research on tumors and the majority of it makes me believe that neither of us have one. There is just one or two articles that always contradict what we read before and makes us panic again. Sinuses are such a pain. Mine were killing me when I woke up this morning. I took some Sinutab and am feeling better now though. I still have a bit of the pressure on the top of my head but I'm not too worried. I think all the worrying is a big part of it and the clenching teeth. I am hoping after things settle down here (my wedding is in July, we have a new house, etc. lots of changes and stress) that it will get better.

    So glad that you found the cause of your headaches. You're braver than I am going to see the ENT and all that. Good job. Have a happy holiday!

     
    Old 12-16-2005, 05:03 PM   #13
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    Glad to hear everything went well I have done lots of research on tumors and the majority of it makes me believe that neither of us have one. There is just one or two articles that always contradict what we read before and makes us panic again. Sinuses are such a pain. Mine were killing me when I woke up this morning. I took some Sinutab and am feeling better now though. I still have a bit of the pressure on the top of my head but I'm not too worried. I think all the worrying is a big part of it and the clenching teeth. I am hoping after things settle down here (my wedding is in July, we have a new house, etc. lots of changes and stress) that it will get better.

    So glad that you found the cause of your headaches. You're braver than I am going to see the ENT and all that. Good job. Have a happy holiday!
    I hope you have a good holiday too and everything goes well with your wedding. The brain tumor thought is in the back of my head but after taking two pills I do notice a change. And if I am right I heard that medication would not help the brain tumor headaches. Thanks again for all of your thoughts and comments. Feel free to post here again and let me know how things are going. Take care!

     
    Old 12-16-2005, 06:00 PM   #14
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    Glad to hear that the medication is helping! I would definitely not worry about having a tumor. The odds of that is rather unlikely. My headaches alright today. A little temple pressure but I think that is from stress. It has been a long day.

    Keep us updated on how your pills are working. Glad you are noticing a difference already!

     
    Old 12-17-2005, 12:28 PM   #15
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    MIKA: U R on track. Please go to 'Rare Disorders' board & read my post of
    12/6 'Head Pressure-CSF or IH'. Yrs. ago I experienced your problem on a
    plane descent. Rt. earache w/ prssr but wouldn't clear. Many tests/Dr's.
    ENT's, Neuro's, Anatomy Professers, top clinics in Arizona-U.S. I went yrs.
    w/ the snowball affect. 1 problem to another. Had 3 ear tubes (all blocked).
    Severe stabbing temple pain off/on & then to compressing head-prssr &
    named 'Helium Head'. Felt off/on, like skull couldn't accomodate the insides!
    I know by research that I early signs were middle ear effusion & ETD. ETD is
    a name docs use when the tubes don't wk. right. No antibio's helped. Ear
    would prssr, send msg to swell, tissue would cut off msg at nerves, via the
    temple, which tells barorecepters to equalize. These baro's are through the
    body & are supposed to adjust to outside world prssr & then regulate. If
    they don't/can't due to transmission glich, inflammation, edema, spinal fluid
    gets altered. I've spent yrs. on this theory, yet no MD will listen. I proof is
    in my spine response over yrs. I was completely healthy/athletic, then over
    time got back pain. MRI's showed progressive spine bulges yet no injury had
    caused this. Over time I now had head/spine/ear-prrsr & alot of pain. I think
    my un-dx'd condition in ear, spread thru tissue, bone, sinuses. It turned
    into a trapped tumor. I have medical background & that helped alot. Read my
    post. Delays disabled my life but I know I'm on to why head prssr happens.
    CSF surrounds the brain then back to spine. Baro's effect CSF. Lower the CSF
    fluid & head-prssr stops. It's a form of Intracranial Hypertension that occurs.
    It happens w/ divers, pilots, mountain climbers. U R correct by saying Dr's
    don't know but 1 was on track. The Baro's make the bones shift to adjust to
    prssr. Please offer input at Rare Disorders. Murphy

     
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