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    Old 05-19-2011, 11:23 AM   #1
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    Pressure headaches every day, allergies? bad chiropractor?

    Hello! I am a 29 year old female, been healthy all my life, no known allergies or problems. I've always been anti-meds, only take them if I absolutely have to. And before you read this, I'm not a hypochondriac and rarely go to the doctor.

    Last year around February my lips began to swell every day. Sometimes it would get so bad they would puss and cause my tongue and eyes to swell. I was allergy tested (pin ***** test) and nothing came up. I was having to get shots of steroids at minor emergency because at times it got so uncomfortable. After eliminating lip gloss and lipsticks and only using chapstick (which I've used all my life) I STILL had swelling. Finally I went to using just Vaseline brand lip balm and the swelling completely stopped. So after all those years of religiously using chapstick/lipgloss/lipsticks, I suddenly became allergic. I'm mentioning this weird episode as it might be a clue as to why the following happened...

    Later that year in May, I went to Florida (about 400 miles south from home) on a 4 day trip. The first day there I got a sore throat. That usually happens to me when I go out of town anywhere. I didn't want to be sick on my trip so I took some DayQuil (never had taken DayQuil before). That night, after two doses as instructed, I began feeling very strange. I was dizzy, lightheaded, the room was spinning. I laid down and my legs began convulsing uncontrollably and I broke out into a cold sweat. I assume this was a panic attack. I tried to calm down and go to sleep but I couldn't. I laid awake all night, my heart was racing, sweating, feeling awful. I coulnd't calm down. I've never had anxiety issues before all of this. I knew I needed to get to the hospital to get something to calm me down. But just the act of telling someone I needed to go to the hospital made me think that little bit of added stress would certainly kill me. I tried to stick it out and wait until morning. I would drift off to sleep and then wake up gasping for air. This went on all night long. Finally the next morning I made it to the hospital and got some Ativan to calm me. I then had a heavy feeling chest like someone was sitting on me for the next couple days. I went to the doctor again and was told I had a "bug." I was put on antibiotics for the next week. About 5 days after my panic attack I began feeling tingling and strange numb sensations in my head. I went to the emergency room and was told nothing major was wrong and that this too shall pass. Once I went home from the emergency room I had such severe anxiety I couldn't sleep. It was such anxiety that I just couldn't control it. It felt completely involuntary or that something was wrong. Not your normal "butterflies." That anxiety lasted morning and night 24 hours a day for the next 5 or 6 days. It began in my stomach for the first couple days, went on to my chest, then my neck area, then my head and then it went away. Then after I felt okay again and would get excited and get the normal butterfly feeling in my stomach it wasn't the same sensation. It hurt. Kind of like an electrical shock feeling. Then after a few more days I was normal again.

    After all that and feeling like I'd been hit by a car I was having lower back issues. It felt like I had pressure in it. I went to a chiropractor and got immediate relief. He wanted to see me twice a week so I kept going back to him for the next month or so. After the first few adjustments I began getting daily headaches. After I clear up one issue I get another! I still don't know if they were caused by the chiropractor or something else... I've had them ever since in one form or another. Over the summer I had neck pain and headaches. Once my neck pain finally went away I was still having headaches. Normal pounding headaches that would come on around lunch and last till I went to sleep. I'd never wake up with them though. My mornings were always the time I felt 100%. Then those went away and I was having strange sensations in my head. It felt like intense pressure. Pressure similar to that when you are holding back a cry or you need to sneeze. I thought this must be allergy related. Whenever I had these head feelings I also had scratchy dry sore eyes and pressure behind my nose. My nose also felt cold when I'd breathe in. Sneezing now and then too. I went to and ENT and got a CT scan once and for all. It showed nothing. No blockage, no nothing. I was then referred to a neurologist. All the neurologist wanted to do was put me on headache meds. The last thing I want is to be drugged all my life. Especially when it's something someone should be able to figure out.

    I have been back to 3 or 4 other chiropractors thinking something needed to be straightened out. I'm still seeing a neurology based chiropractor for the past 2 months and I seem to be having some relief from him. Some relief as in not quite having head pressure and all that comes with it every day.

    During all of this, I got married and went on our honeymoon this past November. We went on a cruise and for those 5 days I felt completely normal. Came back home, it all started back up again. Then a couple weeks ago we went on another 7 day cruise and again, I felt normal. I got back from the last cruise and immediately got a sore throat, sinus drainage, cough, dry eyes, sneezing. So this definitely makes me think something is in the air here in Georgia. And as long as I've had these symptoms - drainage, runny nose - I haven't had head pressure or headaches. But as soon as my nose has quit running so much and the drainage is less my daily head pressure/headaches are back. Also I've noticed that my nose makes popping noises like air or something is trying to escape. Could there be a blockage somewhere that the CT scan didn't show?

    Anyone have any suggestions? Similar experience? I'm completely at a loss for what to do next. I just want to feel normal again!

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    Re: Pressure headaches every day, allergies? bad chiropractor?

    Wow, I would see a neurologist about this. Keep a headache diary before you have your appointment, it tracks what you eat, how much pain the headache causes and other things.

    I would also try to see a psychiatrist. Anxiety is a powerful thing and can cause symptoms others cannot understand. I have an anxiety disorder related to a serious incident and see a psychiatrist. It nobodys' business but yours.

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