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Old 10-29-2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy pressure in back of head/neck sometimes moves to top of head

Okay so i'm a 21 year old female... ive been feeling awful (i think alot of it is post partum) for the past 9 months but for about 3 months i've had awful pressure in the back of my head (where your head bulges out above your neck) I get it really bad at nite.. i'll wake up like 2 hrs after I fall asleep and every few hours after... with so much pressure.. it feels like my heads gonna break like glass or snap like a rubber band. The anxiety that cones along with it is horrrrriblle. I sit up at nite and FREAK myself out thinking i'm gonna die from an aneurysm at any minute (i have 2 beautiful little boys and this is by far my worst fear) i am very stressed (arguing with their father everyday, hes mad that im sick.. but i really cant help it! I wanna feel better!) And im depressed.. im a stay at home mom and live in a town of 800 people so i barely leave my house.. i just sit online allll day (horrible posture) and look up scary diseases and illnesses. Someone please help me I want these headaches to go away!! I'm terrified.. i'm a healthy person. Never been sick, never broke a bone, had any injury at all. I was diagnosed with chronic migraines when I was pregnant with my first son almost 5 years ago. Im thought to have fibromyalgia but dont know if its just the depression/lack of exercise. My families fairly healthy.. my mom and dad dont have any health problems (besides my dads extreme anxiety) and my gpa has high bp and heart disease (ive always had perfect bp) im just so sick of all of this. I want it to go away ive had 2 ct's and both were good. Im getting a c/t of my neck and an mra on my neckand head next week. I have very bad muscle knots in my shoulders and neck (i go to a pain specialist) and my doc said along my lower back, along the spine feels like rope. Could it be stress, anxiety and tension? I'm just a scared momma :,( i love my babies so much, i couldnt imagine leaving them. Also the anxiety and stress is causing me to not be able to eat (& i looove food.) Im usually 130 i'm 5'9" but i've lost 10 pounds in the last month... im dehydrated and cant stand to eat. Im pretty sure I have Tmj. My wisdom teeth are coming in all the way (no pain) but my teeth feel so tight and i have bite marks on the insides of my cheeks. Ugh. I'm miserable. Please, please someone help

Something else: I was driving to town one day so i went to my dr because i felt like I was gonna pass out, turned out I was having a panic attack because I thought I was having an busted aneurysm. My dr told me that aneurysms are painless and silent until they burst. I want this phobia to go away! It has me scared for my life all day long! My babies need their mother back

I'm on my phone so sorry for any typos. Anyones comments would help. I don't have many real friends (besides **) and can only talk to my mom and bf who dont understand.

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Old 10-29-2011, 07:03 PM   #2
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I'm thinking TMJ. Dr. Oz had a thing on about massaging it to get rid of a headache. AND OMG did it work. When your bite in not aligned it causes pain in your jaw, headaches, and on down your neck and spine. So, open your mouth very wide and tough just in from the middle of your ear; you'll feel an indentation. Massage that real easy. Hope this helps....T
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:28 AM   #3
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Thanks! Im hoping thats all it is! I rarely ever drink alcohol, ive never smoked, done drugs.. never had health problems, etc; my great gma died of an aneurysm but she was very old and really sick. I try to tell myself I have nothing to worry about but the fear controls my every move! Ughh... im go to get my mras and ct next week and the week after im gonna see a psychologist & psychiatrist. I feel really silly thinking all these crazy things... but my gma reassured me that its every mothers fear when their children are young (leaving them and them not knowing them) i love dr. Oz but he influenced my fear of aneurysms! Lol. Those dang dr shows have me scared of everything! Hopefully I can feel better ASAP! Thanks for the reply! I really appreciate it

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If it doesn't turn out to be TMJ disorder, this definitely sounds a lot like what I am going through, which is Myofascial Pain Syndrome. TMJ discomfort is actually a symptom of this, so they commonly go hand in hand. Basically muscles in your neck and back of the head (can be other areas too, but I have the pressure and pain in a similar spot to you) are in a constant state of contraction. You mentioned muscle knots, so it made me think it could be this. I learned that I had trigger points when I had a massage and they mentioned it to me. With these, you can press on one spot and you feel tenderness there, but it also refers pain to another area (i.e. some spots in my neck send pain up through the side of my head).

This is something that can be treated with physical therapy, along with a few other options. Although I had learned about this for a while, I was only recently diagnosed by my doctor and am trying to figure what will work best for treatment. I bought a trigger point manual book with some at-home therapy and it's helped keep things manageable. This has been going on most of this year and just started randomly. I'm guessing it's from sitting at a desk a lot for work. I had many days where I would barely make it through work and just had to lay down for the rest of the day or the pains would trigger a migraine. I felt like I was wasting so much of my time, so now I'm thankful to find little things that offer some relief. I just hope to find full relief soon!

Just thought I'd share in case it's a possibility for you too. I do get the TMJ discomfort, but in my case it seems like my jaw itself is fine... the surrounding muscles though are what's causing the problem. Myofascial pain syndrome usually causes joint stiffness and discomfort too. I went through physical therapy for spine problems since they suspected a cervical spine problem and bulging discs. It didn't work and eventually we figured out that diagnosis was not correct. I kept hoping that maybe with time, the discomfort would go away, and for some people it does, others it does not unless you treat it.

I really hope your anxiety and depression improves soon too! I am glad to hear that you will be talking to some doctors very soon. Getting the scans should help reassure you about those worries too. I know what you mean about hearing about things and then worrying! When a coworker heard I got migraines and neck troubles, they mentioned one of the worst case scenarios and it definitely made me a bit worried at first!

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Hang in there! I can relate to the anxiety of all that you've mentioned. I have 3 boys (now in their teens) who I would worry about all the time-- thinking I was dying when I was having an anxiety attack. I wish I could give you a real hug! I've been where you are now. Having the MRI will help you too because the pictures will show whether or not you have an aneurysm (I'm guessing you're ok). I had this test done and it made me feel so much better to know that!
Also, find a good physiciatrist to talk with. Doesn't mean you're crazy-- just means you need someone to talk to! This will help you get your fears heard and validated, and the doctor can help you find ways to deal with the anxiety (with or without medication). That can change your whole outlook!! It did with me.
A good chiropractor may really help you too. It can help get those knots worked out and re-align your back. If you can afford a massage, give that a try too. Works wonders for anxiety and knots!!
I read that you are in a small town, so you may not have these options close by. Just take a deep breath and take it one day at a time. I know babies/little ones don't leave a lot of time (any!) for yourself, but you have to take care of YOU before you can take care of them. Find a few minutes each day to do something for you--read a book, take a bubble bath, listen to music -- dads can be trusted with the kids Start with just 5 minutes if that's what you have.
Please let me know how you are doing. I don't know if you know God, but know that I will be praying for you, and sending you hugs.

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