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Hello all,

If someone could please help or share their stories I would appreciate it. I'm on the verge of a panic attack.

Since roughly the middle of August 2007 I've had this pulsing/pounding in my head. It's in the same place all the time (a little above my forehead above my left eye). It has never hurt like a headache (I've never been the type to get headaches a lot or migraines), but it's almost always there. When I don't feel it I don't know if it's because it's really just not there or if it's because I just preoccupied with something else. When it first started it was pretty much the same all the time. It's there when I wake up in the morning and it's there when I go to bed at night - I have yet to wake up in the middle of the night because of it.

Lately though, it's there in the mornings and seems to not really be too much of a factor during the day. However in the evenings it starts to get a little more intense and unless I have some noise in the background when I go to sleep (fan/tv) I have a hard time falling asleep.

If I put my hand where I feel the pulsing I cannot feel it pulsing or anything. What lead me to this site was a similiar post here ([url][/url]. I've done a little reading and the reason I'm freaking out here is because I'm seeing similiar symptoms associated with "tumor." I'm 24 and in I believe relatively good health. I'm 6' 3" and I weight about 290 lbs. I've smoked for the past 4 years but since the middle of the summer I've cut back tremendously. Although sometimes when I smoke now it seems to briefly intensify the pounding.

I first went to see a doctor 2-3 weeks after this started and he recommended I get a CT scan. I have yet to have the CT scan because I do not have health insurance.

I think I've taken almost every OTC med that I can think of (aspirin (although it was expired), various forms of Excedrin, etc.) I've been taking Ibprofen lately b/c it seems to lessen the pounding/pulsing and I drink a 20 oz. coffee 3-4 days a week early in the morning.

Any help is greatly and/or similiar stories is much, much appreciated.

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