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I'm new to the boards here and I appreciate any feedback that you should provide. With that said I've been suffering from constant head pressure and lightheadedness since March 2008. It was then that I bumped my head on the wall. It wasn't anything really jarring and I was not dizzy nor did I lose consciousness.

Ever since then, every morning when I wake up I have a constant feeling of pressure in my head. I can feel the pressure on the top of my head when I press on my scalp or wash my hair. It seems to intensify when I exert myself or exercise. I had a mild concussion in October 2007 and January 2008 while playing recreational sports and had this feeling for about a few weeks before it subsided. After the October concussion I had a CT scan and MRI and everything checked out fine.

I saw a neurologist in May and he said it was "post concussion syndrome." He told me to start exercising moderately and that it was okay to drink coffee. However it seems like those things are making the symptoms worse. I feel like after exertion I can feel very mild shaking in my field of vision. The only time the symptoms are very low or mild is when I'm going to sleep and when I'm waking up in the morning. I read somewhere it could be inflamed blood vessels.

I saw the neurologist again in July and he said I should see a shrink and he gave me Pamelor (nortriptyline) as he said it would help alleviate pressure. The medication also seemed to make my symptoms worse. He also refused to order another MRI because he said the one from October was enough. I know I'm not imagining this or fabricating it through my own anxiety -- these are real symptoms that started when I bumped my head. At this point I really don't know what to do. I feel like I'm living in a haze and the pressure, although tolerable, is extremely annoying and I never feel like myself.

If anyone has had similar symptoms please let me know and how you went about treating them.

Thanks so much!
Pat
Hi Pat,

I too have experience the pressure and lightheadedness as you have, among neck pain, etc. I do know through searching for answers for my own problems that I came across a connection between the pressure/lightheadness and the possibility of it stemming from your cervical spine. Although I had sought physical therapy and regular chiropractic treatments and didn't have great success, I did find that a specialized chiropractor who specializes in Atlas Orthogonal has been the most help to me. It was discovered that my Atlas, the very top vertebrae that your skull sits on was out of alignment causing all kinds of problems, dizziness, anxiety, etc. Because you said you hit your head, it is a possibility that it could have thrown your Atlas off .. as I learned it doesn't take much force .. I recommend you trying that avenue as you have nothing else to lose and so much to gain! Good luck to you!
[QUOTE=debby1966;3774245]Hi Pat,

I too have experience the pressure and lightheadedness as you have, among neck pain, etc. I do know through searching for answers for my own problems that I came across a connection between the pressure/lightheadness and the possibility of it stemming from your cervical spine. Although I had sought physical therapy and regular chiropractic treatments and didn't have great success, I did find that a specialized chiropractor who specializes in Atlas Orthogonal has been the most help to me. It was discovered that my Atlas, the very top vertebrae that your skull sits on was out of alignment causing all kinds of problems, dizziness, anxiety, etc. Because you said you hit your head, it is a possibility that it could have thrown your Atlas off .. as I learned it doesn't take much force .. I recommend you trying that avenue as you have nothing else to lose and so much to gain! Good luck to you![/QUOTE]

debby-how long did it take you to realize that there was something wrong with you? i mean was it mild and came and went away? i just wondered b/c that sounds like something i feel. the dizziness and pressure.
I myslef been suffering from ear/head pressure for the last 2.5 years with no cure. I have tried everything I can possibly do to make it feel better. Used ear drops, ear cleaners, went to the chiropractic, acupuncture for 1 year no change.

My symptoms are constant (non stopping) head pressure, like when you get dehydrated yet I do incorporate lots of fluids, water, green tea in my diet) nose tingling, jaw pressure (so much that I grind my teeth at night and resulted in a loose tooth) popping/clogged ears that feel like they pulsate time to time. When I stand up I feel a big pressure come on to me. Blurred thoughts, vision, balance problems and previous vertigo was experienced in my case which resulted in panic attacks = disorder. Thank God the panic stuff has cleared but my head did not. Every time when I wake up it is there, seemed to get worse when I lay down to sleep. Ringing in head & worse pressure. No pain just pressure. Rarely but I do get headaches from time to time and more alarming when it is a throbbing or sharp pain above my ear reaching the top of my head.

I do not have insurance to see a neurologist, because I feel that they would send me away and take my money and nothing would change. I am a believer in natural medicine, take vitamins and supplements so I try to keep away from prescription drugs & surgeries.

The thread "Head & Ear Pressure" that I read before seem to have lots of information relating to this but nobody found a cure even after seeing a neurologist, if yes please share it with me I would love to hear from you!!! Some people swore by a chiropractor but it did not work for me after a year of treatment and lost of money. Acupuncture? Tried it before no results. I do exercise and eat healthy most of the time, I am a little over weight but nothing major.

I have become desperate for help because this has been going on for years in my head and I donít want to live the rest of my life with this head pressure. I am only 25 with wasting 2.5 years with this.

This is what some people thought my symptoms could be associated with you might want to google for some results:

1. TMJ
2.Psuedotumor Cerebri
3.Lyme Disease
4. Mercury Poisoning
[QUOTE=cindys601;3756685]Hi Pat~

I get the pressure in my head and the top is sore to the touch. Shampooing my hair hurts too. Its like someone has pulled my hair and its now bruised. I have other nuerological symptoms as well. It took me a very long time to get a diagnosis, but in April of this year, I found out that my symptoms were from Arnold Chiari Malformation.

Head trauma can cause symptoms to show so I just wanted to put that out there. Though many other things could be causing your head pressure. If it persists, definately seek out another opinion. Alot of Dr's when they can't find the source, will pass out a script for anxiety and depression. What they don't understand is having something wrong and being told its all in your head can cause you stress and depression. Its a symptom of the underlying problem, not the problem in itself. I was told this very same thing but refused to accept that as a diagnosis:D

So hang in there!!

Cindy[/QUOTE]

Hi Cindy my name is Cyndi
I have noticed that (I think anyway) that you have Chirari malformation. I've been doing some reading on here. I can't figure out how to start a new thread so I'm going to ask you. My daughter has Chiari type 2. I am wondering do you know if there can be breathing problems associated with Chiari? It seems like ever since my daugher had her decompression surgery she has had "ashtma" I really don't think it is and have had no help from any docs. Also is there any problem with going to the dentist that you know of? I read somewhere where a person with Chiari shouldn't have their hair washed at a salon because the neck shouldn't be on the sink. Just wondering if that could be the same for the dentist. Just wondering if you know. I might try and post this in a new thread if I can figure it out. Thanks. I am so happy I found this because I know noone with Chiari and do worry about my daughter all the time..Take care
[QUOTE=Contender29;3755942]I'm new to the boards here and I appreciate any feedback that you should provide. With that said I've been suffering from constant head pressure and lightheadedness since March 2008. It was then that I bumped my head on the wall. It wasn't anything really jarring and I was not dizzy nor did I lose consciousness.

Ever since then, every morning when I wake up I have a constant feeling of pressure in my head. I can feel the pressure on the top of my head when I press on my scalp or wash my hair. It seems to intensify when I exert myself or exercise. I had a mild concussion in October 2007 and January 2008 while playing recreational sports and had this feeling for about a few weeks before it subsided. After the October concussion I had a CT scan and MRI and everything checked out fine.

I saw a neurologist in May and he said it was "post concussion syndrome." He told me to start exercising moderately and that it was okay to drink coffee. However it seems like those things are making the symptoms worse. I feel like after exertion I can feel very mild shaking in my field of vision. The only time the symptoms are very low or mild is when I'm going to sleep and when I'm waking up in the morning. I read somewhere it could be inflamed blood vessels.

I saw the neurologist again in July and he said I should see a shrink and he gave me Pamelor (nortriptyline) as he said it would help alleviate pressure. The medication also seemed to make my symptoms worse. He also refused to order another MRI because he said the one from October was enough. I know I'm not imagining this or fabricating it through my own anxiety -- these are real symptoms that started when I bumped my head. At this point I really don't know what to do. I feel like I'm living in a haze and the pressure, although tolerable, is extremely annoying and I never feel like myself.

If anyone has had similar symptoms please let me know and how you went about treating them.

Thanks so much!
Pat[/QUOTE]
Hi, idk if you still have any of these symptoms but I suffered a concussion in Jan 2010 and I have had pcs for over a year now. I have head pressure that increases w the slightest bit of exercise and I have that eye issue as well. Let me know if your symptoms ever subsided and if so when and if u did anything for them. Thank you





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