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    Old 11-16-2011, 04:56 AM   #1
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    Head pressure and nausea - possibly anxiety or depression?

    Hi all!

    For the start I need to say that stress is a pretty big part of my life. Since my childhood I was under alot of pressure, I was going in 2 schools since I was 9 (Music school-piano and the normal one), my father left us several times during the period - my age 13-18,5 - and he also molested my mother and me...unfortunately we we're economically dependent on him so we had to cope with that for years to come. Now we live alone without him, going on courts to get the money we need for living and to get rid of him once and for all.

    I'm 21 years old now and I'm attending college. College is kinda hard here in our country, but I have good grades and overall it's not that stressful. Still, there are some stressfull situations but I was used to worse.

    During the years of school (starting when I was 13 years old) I had bad anxiety (didn't know and understand then but I know it was now). I had panic attacks (usually when my parents we're fighting) - my body was shaking, my heart racing etc. I was praying that I don't develop stress-diabetes, heart problems or something worse. I was a child and I was ofcourse afraid of death. Didn't want to bother my mother with that since she was under alot of stress herself trying to protect me as much as she could and now she has angina pectoris, high blood-pressure, fat etc.

    I never had any health problems, even rarely got flu, until now that is...

    6 months ago I was having a seizure around midnight -I got upset for unknown reason while watching a movie and suddenly I thought that somethign was wrong with my heart rate. My heart started to bump fast, cold sweat took over my body, I was shaking and trembling. It passed after 5-6 mins or so, after that I felt weak and went to bed, after I woke up the next day everything was ok, just like before.

    My mother was present during the event, she got scared but she was also angry. She blamed it on stress, but she also blamed me for something that is true. For the past year of my life I was spending alot of time on computer playing games, watching movies, but also studying, researching and reading stuff alot, sometimes even over 10 hours a day, also I went to bed everyday in like 3 AM. Computer was always big part of my life, since I was 10. I was spending (if you make an average) approximately 2 hours per day on it with increase in past 2 years. After the event I reduced the time I spent on the PC to maybe 5 hours and went to bed usually around midnight, also I stared to workout regulary.

    2 months after (summer now) the event: I was never fat to begin with but I improved my body shape a bit and was feeling better overall, until one night. I went for a run (which I did every day now for 10-15 mins) I ran maybe 2 minutes and I started to feel (or I thought so) pain in my left arm, from that point on I thought I was having a vision blurred, my heart was out of control, I was shaking, barely standing on my feet and barely got back home even thou I didn't get far away. We called an ambulance, they didn't come (probably thought I got sun fever or something) so my mom started the car and she took me to the hospital to see her friend who was a doctor. The Doc did EKG and everythign was fine on it, he said I had a panic attack and told my mother to give me one helax to calm me. During the event my blood pressure was something like 140/95. My usual blood pressure is 120/80 and it's like that every day...even today.

    Next day I woke up. I had intense head pressure for the next week or so. During the days I felt that pressure in the back of my head, without any pain, but I felt like I was on drugs, unbalanced and tired. I couldn't define that strange feeling in head, but it was like my head was full of something or that my brain is expanding but stopped by the cranial bones. After that I scanned my heart and lungs, did blood test etc. everything was normal - the blood, the hormones, lungs, heart, except for some increased fat in blood, which is obviously a side effect of the difficult times I had to endure as a kid. 1 week after I went to an operation of nose and tonsils I was scheduled for. (Had trouble breathing normal with those bad tonsils and nose due to a broken nose when I was 7). They put me to sleep did the operation I woke up and recovered perfectly fine, no side effects of narcosis or anything strange.

    3 weeks after I was getting back to normal, again on the PC for 5 hours or so, training every day, eating healthly etc. Until 3 days ago when the pressure in the back of the head returned but this time with nausea, I don't feel sleepy but I feel weak. Didn't throw up once and I don't feel like I will but still I feel nauseous and the pressure is bad as it was the first time with minimal almost no pain.

    All this leads us to the conclusion. I'm afraid that, because of the intense usage of the computer and exposure to the LCD screen radiation and listening to the music over headphones alot during the years (since I compose on the piano), could there be a chance that I developed a brain tumor?

    I will wait for this pressure in the head to go away like the first time, I hope it does. I will again reduce time spent on the computer, if the head pressure comes back again I will take CT scan and/or MR.

    Anyone else with similar problems and background?

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    Old 11-16-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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    Re: Head pressure and nausea - possibly anxiety or depression?

    Your post is too long, it makes it very hard for most people to figure out how to respond.

    But I'm responding because I have constant head pressure, I've had it for about 8 years now, 24/7. It's not horrible but it's very annoying. Like yours, it started after a very stressful time in my life. I went to the neurologist, got an MRI. The MRI was normal. They gave me medication--Topamax. Tried it for a couple months, no help at all. The leading theory is it's a chronic headache, but nobody knows. I don't think it's a migraine because I don't have typical migraine symptoms.

    Yours sounds like it has some migraine features, esp. if you have a lot of nausea.

    It's interesting, I also use the computer too much. It's possible there could be connection with the head pressure, because of the posture and the neck strain.

    Old 11-17-2011, 10:27 AM   #3
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    Yeah, well...Cutting time on PC to the max now and if this pressure goes away, I will stick with that in the future. If it doesn't, I'm going to my doc and see what to do next. Thx for the reply I hope you will get better

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    Hey, it sounds like your on a bit of a fast track there. You're only 21 and starting to have problems- maybe you need to slow down a bit. Sometimes our body has a way of telling us to slow down, and if we don't slow down, it will slow it down for you... in other words, your body starts to do weird things like twitch, feel like you're having a meltdown of some kind, get headaches, etc. Exercise is good, but don't overdo. Its difficult to know what is going on, because we can mistreat our bodies, and our immune system can get real low, so then our body will act out in different ways. If your immunities were low then you had a surgery, it could have been a double whammy for your body. Listen to what your body is telling you, maybe take some high potency vitamins. Some of your symptoms could be from a panic attack, low blood sugars, or a lack of a certain type of vitamin, such as a potassium deficiency. Try to RELAX, chances are you're just too stressed out.

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