View Full Version : Dull pressure on the head, scared


noradd
04-05-13, 09:05 AM
I'm scared.
I have been noticing for weeks now, I can't even tell exactly how long, that every day I get a dull pressure feeling on the sides of the head, usually on the temples, on an on and off basis. Today I have it again and I also have a pressure on my ear.
I also feel as if during these pressure times I also "feel" different. I don't know how to describe it. Maybe disassociated or unconcentrated or spaced out or something like that. This is really starting to scare me.
I mean it could be something with the neck cause my neck muscles are tensed a lot. But what if it's something with the brain?
Could this have something to do with ADD or ritalin? I cannot tell if I already had this before starting with ritalin. But I also get it on days where I do not take ritalin. But in the ritalin leaflet it also mentions as a possible side effect that the blood flow in blood vessels of the brain could be impaired or something like that. This sounds scary.
Now I'm even more worried. I mean if I wasn't taking ritalin I would be less worried. I just had a brain MRI in summer last year which was normal.

What do I do now? Yesterday I almost felt like getting an anxiety attack when I had this dull pressure. I really cannot tell if I'm overreacting and getting too upset over these symptoms which then increases the symptoms or the reaction of my body to the symptoms. I mean if I get this pressure and then become scared or feel miserable then it makes me become even more fearful and then I feel as if I could pass out every second or as if something could happen at any time.

I really dont know what to do. I mean going to a neurologist with this is probably not going to help much. What shall he do? An EEG isnt very helpful and the ordinary neurological tests will also not show much. I can perform all the movement tests which they usually do.

That's not good. :(

Do you think this could be a side effect of ritalin or would the pressure only occur on days where I also take ritalin?

Maybe it's all coming from the neck. I sit a lot on the computer and my shoulders and everything are totally tensed. But then again, I have been doing this for years and I never had it that I got such a pressure daily for weeks.
Right now as I am typing this I again have the pressure on the left side of the head on the temple region as if somebody was pressing something against the head.

JHag19
04-14-13, 02:06 AM
I get the same thing, ever since a a few months ago. Except, my symptoms appear as pressure in my left cheek. I describe the feeling as numbness but I still have feeling in the area. Almost like I got hit by a line drive to the face and I can feel the swelling.

When the pressure occurs, I notice that my eyes glaze over and I just feel different. It's hard to describe.

Also, sometimes the top of my head becomes tingly, sometimes I get headaches on one side of the back of my head, and finally sometimes I get headaches behind my eye.

I'm currently searching for answers as well. It's unnerving to say the least.

Hopefully, we can get some answers soon. Good luck to you!

Asylum
04-14-13, 05:42 AM
Please go to see a doctor. You need to see someone who can give you some answers rather than being scared and stressed out. And if you are having a reaction to your meds, that needs to be addressed.

JHag19
04-14-13, 05:57 AM
Please go to see a doctor.
Oh yeah, that too. :)

noradd
04-14-13, 12:50 PM
Hello,
I thought that this stuff could come from the neck and went to an orthopaedist. He felt my neck and pressed with his fingers against my neck and head and couldn't trigger anything. He did an xray and also found nothing and then talked about issues with arteries in the brain which can also cause such symptoms. Great now I am even more worried.
As far as I remember ritalin can cause blood flow issues in the brain as a rare side effect. I haven't taken ritalin for 2 weeks now but it doesn't affect the pressure feeling. :(
This is exactly the stuff I was scared of. If I hadn't take ritalin I'd be less worried but now I wonder if this could have anything to do with ritalin.

If I see a neurologist then he will do an EEG and this also won't do much for me. In the end he will probably also say that he doesn't know what it is. And what then? I could get a brain MRI but on an MRI you don't even see blood vessels. This means even getting a MRI wouldn't really end my fears. :(

Nachons
04-14-13, 04:54 PM
I get it all the time too. And I find it's especially noticeable when I've taken any kind of stimulant - even caffeine!

I haven't found it to be a problem (just a strange feeling), but I will keep an eye on this thread if your results end up being significant. Good luck!

silivrentoliel
04-14-13, 07:05 PM
could it be allergies? I feel completely spacy and have awful headaches from allergies.

dvdnvwls
04-14-13, 08:51 PM
You can get a weird headache if you don't drink enough water when taking Ritalin.

Zing1212
04-15-13, 12:53 AM
You should certainly see a doctor. You never know what they might suggest and tests that they could run that you aren't thinking of. However, you mentioned some additional pressure on your ear. Are there any other symptoms with this? Any dizziness or ringing sounds? Or perhaps from being in one place for extended periods of time, could possibly cause some numbness/pressure, maybe due to lack of blood flow?

noradd
05-01-13, 09:55 PM
Hello,
the neurologist found nothing. I assume that it's coming from the neck.
I also don't get it every day now but it's still there. Today I had it again.
I assume it must be a neck issue.

Asylum
05-01-13, 10:11 PM
Are you feeling better, anxiety wise?

What about physio for your neck?

noradd
05-02-13, 09:43 PM
I might try physio or massages for the neck but atm I don't have much time.
Since the neuro found nothing I'm less anxious about it.

JHag19
05-03-13, 12:02 PM
Just got back from a neurosurgeon and he found nothing also(other than an arachnoid cyst). He's sending me to a neurologist because when it happens to me, my eyes glaze over. He said it could possibly be mild seizures... I haven't been convulsing or anything so I don't know what to think. Will update when I find out more.

Blanched Dubois
05-03-13, 12:18 PM
Just got back from a neurosurgeon and he found nothing also(other than an arachnoid cyst). He's sending me to a neurologist because when it happens to me, my eyes glaze over. He said it could possibly be mild seizures... I haven't been convulsing or anything so I don't know what to think. Will update when I find out more.

read thru this thread - with force - cus i've seen two neuro's and had years of osteo treatment

first off, i had to go to a specialist who did an MRI that is a rare one for the head and neck - that was the stroke of luck for me. Showed what was what and sent me to neuro....got renewed respect from pain doc....who said 'oh, i'm SO sorry'...my body / mind is a mess but socially i was still able to cope...with a lot of difficulty ....

anway, the add meds i've tried to date in some degree aggravate my neck/head/spine issue...neuro's want to operate

not treating the add, tho, off pain pills, made it all worse in terms of being able to relate ...got perm disability and said it in many posts here u can search so i won't repeat

i wholly advocate going to docs and getting MRI for head/body trauma - i did but it was 30 yrs too late...still there's some hope...and knowing for me is better than not....but i had to push to find right Dr....as we all seem to do

best of luck finding some healing and treatment

noradd
05-06-13, 10:46 PM
Just got back from a neurosurgeon and he found nothing also(other than an arachnoid cyst). He's sending me to a neurologist because when it happens to me, my eyes glaze over. He said it could possibly be mild seizures... I haven't been convulsing or anything so I don't know what to think. Will update when I find out more.

How did he find the cyst and where do you have it?

JHag19
05-11-13, 01:31 AM
The cyst is benign supposedly but my psych told me about (TIA) google can explain it. It's spot on for my symptoms. Maybe that could be the OPs issue? Idk. My symptoms match to the tee so I will be discussing that in my neurology appointment.