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Old 02-01-2012, 07:45 AM   #1
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Chronic head pressure & nausea

For about the past 2 Ĺ years, Iíve had chronic issues with head pressure and nausea, and I havenít discovered any causation from my doctor at this point. What I feel isnít so much a headache or a migraine, but really pressure. Itís as though someone is pushing on the sides of my head. Itís not an insurmountable pain, so Iíve sort of just tuned it out most of the time. When it does flare up into something more intense, itís focused in the back, left side of my head behind the temple. This is less like the pushing and more a sensation that my skull is too small and my brain is bubbling up in that area.

Up until now, I hadnít really focused on the headache part of it since most of the time itís not that severe. But, it is also accompanied by persistent nausea. While I can still function pretty normally with the head pressure, the nausea is a challenge. Iíll often spend hours feeling on the verge of vomiting, which at times results in me actually vomiting. Both the head pressure and the nausea sort of ebbs in flows in my experience of the symptoms. I initially thought that it was brought on by heat and humidity in the summer, but Iíve also experienced intense flare ups in the winter now as well. Typically, a bout lasts for several weeks, then subsides into a more nuanced feeling.

Iíve spent the bulk of my inquiry focusing on my stomach, since that tended to be the bigger issue and I hadnít really tied together the head pain and the nausea that well. But, Iím wondering if the causation might be something in my head rather than my stomach. If any of you have had a similar experience and found a solution, Iíd love to hear it. The flare ups are a real challenge, I hate not knowing whatís wrong, and I feel like Iím wasting time and money at the doctor when I canít provide any direction beyond explaining my symptoms. While the nausea and head pressure are the most prevalent symptoms, I do occasionally also feel a sense of dizziness, lightheadness, and just a general sense of ďfogginess.Ē I have not had any seizures or changes in vision.

Thanks so much for your help!

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Old 02-17-2012, 05:36 AM   #2
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Re: Chronic head pressure & nausea

I have the same symptoms, head pressure, kinda light headed sometimes sick to my stomach. I have chronic sinus issues and I was suffering from tinnitus in my left ear so I went to my ENT. He diagnosed me with barometric headaches. When the weather changes or the barometric pressure is really high or low I get a pressure headache. Apparently the tinnitus in my ear is due to a dysfunctional eustation tube. I use generic Flonase every day and when the pressure is really high I take pseudoephedrine (behind the counter Sudafed) that seems to be the only thing that helps my pressure headaches.
Not pleasant, but a part of my life. Another trigger for my headaches are smells. Strong smells make me sick to my stomach and give me headaches.

Good luck. Hope this helps.

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