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Head pressure, Spaced out, foggy, dizzy, fatigue, top neck ache

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 27, 2008
  • 09:49 PM

Hello

A month and 1/2 ago i started feeling constantly spaced out, and cognitively deficient. A couple of days after i started feeling a constant dull headache... almost like it's brain pressure. A week after that i realized how the dull headache would radiate from the base of my skull / top of my spine and spread through out my head. Now my whole neck aches and the the dull ache at the top of my spine / base of my skull and head intensified slightly.

i use to enjoy intellectual conversation but now find it somewhat difficult because of frequent brain ****s, memory gaps and I feel mentally slow. I constantly have to wrestle with a shortened attention span and a spaced out feeling with passive meditation. I also feel like everything in my head registers things much more slowly... verbally and visually. Sometimes i make really stupid decisions like looking for milk in the co bard... as if i'm so spaced out that i do things without before i think about it..

some history:
I use to be a gym freak until 6 months ago. 2 years ago, While working out i use to feel a pinched nerve in my neck... one time i got really sick after immediately after a gym session where i was lifting heavy overhead. I was in the Navy so they just handed me Tylenol and sent me back to work. I was so sick i could barely move and my neck was aching... I had a lot of cold sweaty nights. It lasted about 5 days and i lost 20 pounds. i thought it was the flu but my two overweight friends saw how skinny i was and ( I s**t you not) decided to lick the rhym of the cup i was drinking out of but never got sick. When i got somewhat healthy I went back to the gym and the same less intense symptoms showed up again.. but i felt my neck hurting first. so i stayed out the gym for a month.

also, i expirimented with Pot this year from June till September.. then again in the beginning of November for a week. But i know people with who smoked for a decade and don't share my symptoms.

unfortunately i can't go to the doctor at the moment because i don't have health insurance. (No you don't get it once out the Service) Can anyone help me out, i've been reading forums all week and didn't get a diagnosis. Does anyone have any information or know where i can ask around?

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  • This is interesting, I have the same symptoms, I also go to the gym. Last night I had to go bed earlier then usual. If I walked around I felt like crap about to pass out. I went to the gym earlier, no weaker, but I was getting knocked up a whole lot worse. Before I went to bed, headache, pressure above the spinal cord back of head, felt not so dizzy but sort of. Woke up and I feel fine, but I still don't feel right. Been like this for the last two weeks. I am going to see Doctor myself as this is not normally me.Good luck with your troubles mate.Kind Regards,JimI think you should check to see if you have Meningitis. I have heard of an increased risk at gyms due to the conditions and occurrence of infections. Here is some info. on it:Clinical HistoryThe classic presentation of meningitis includes fever, headache, neck stiffness, photophobia, nausea, vomiting, and signs of cerebral dysfunction (eg, lethargy, confusion, coma). These symptoms may develop later in the course of illness in some patients who may initially present with atypical symptoms such as leg pain and cold hands and feet.The triad of fever, nuchal rigidity, and change in mental status is found in only two thirds of patients. In a meta-analysis of 845 patients, the sensitivity and specificity of these classic symptoms were poor. Fever is the most common manifestation (95%), while stiff neck and headache are less common. However, the negative predictive value of these symptoms is high (ie, the absence of fever, neck stiffness, or altered mental status eliminates the diagnosis of meningitis in 99-100% of cases).The classic presentation of acute meningitis is the onset of symptoms within hours to a few days, compared to weeks for chronic meningitis.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2010
    • 11:20 PM
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  • I have the same thing!! The doctors kept telling me it was a sinus infection. the pain starts at my neck goes through the sides of my head by my ears, and to the top of my head. It gave me dizzyness, nausea, and headache. finely I went to a doctor that suffers from the same thing. he explained to me that I have a sensitive nerve in my neck that leads up through my head and when my sinuses swell or i have any inflamation in my head it puts pressure on that nerve and causes that headache. Also the way I sleep can apply pressure to the nerves. He prescribed me a anti nausea suppository and this migraine medicine Maxalt. You take both right when you feel the Headache begining and with in thirty minutes the Maxalt will relieve the pressure off the nerves and give you pain relief. Ask your doctors It may help. It has changed my life. It is expensive but the Merks company that makes Maxalt offers and application for low income people where if you qualify and have your doctors fill out the prescription based on how often the worst of it happens they will give you a years supply for free. You can refill out this application every year to get your medicines. Goodluck!! It does not completely solve the neck pain but it does make it more livable and allows you to feel more normal.
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  • I have similar symptoms that seem to be triggered after eating a lot of wheat/gluten and or sugar. Seems to be certain foods trigger it or when I have eaten a lot of these foods and they've built up in my system. Foggy head, jittery, pressure at the top back of my neck & head & around sinuses. I suffer from frequent migraines which usually stem from tension in the same place at the back of my neck. Often, if I tilt my head back, there is a loud click that seems to relieve some of the pressure. The migraines are often triggered by stress but I am beginning to see a connection to particular foods I eat & am thinking they are both connected somehow. I also get random pain in my ears every now and then- it feels like someone is sticking a knitting needle in my ear. Also sensitivity to sounds- not all the time but usually when I get the ear aches. I've just started Alexander Technique lessons for the neck pain/migraines & this was recommended to me by a Neurologist (I've had CT Scans, MRI, X ray etc.). But I definitely agree with the person who mentioned Candida. I've read this before and it makes perfect sense to me. So many adults are developing or discovering food intolerances etc. or reactions/symptoms that are a result of their diet. I'm definitely going to try an anti candida diet and also try eliminating wheat & gluten to see what difference it makes.It makes sense because it's all connected- sinus, ears, nose, neck, head. Sinus pressure, ear ache, headache, dizziness, nausea, brain fog, fatigue, even depression & anxiety. FOOD people! Look at your diets! I will post again & let everyone know if I have any results with the anti-candida and anti-wheat & gluten diet.I'm sure there won't be one answer for everyone and most likely there will be several things we can do to help relieve these symptoms but I think diet is a great place to start...
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  • TO ALL ON THIS THREAD: I am going to suggest a B12 serum test for all of you. It should not be below 550. Below this can cause neuropsyciatric symptoms. B12 deficiency causes spinal degeneration. Classic symptoms are brain fog, weakness, tiredness, stomach issues, pain, shooting/electric spasms/pain. Muscle spasms, numbness is extremities. There are many more. I had pain in places I didnt even know were a problem. Places where I had the beginning of arthritis that had not given me an ounce of pain. They all showed up. Neck first. Pain in base of neck that radiated up over top of head to eyes. Eye and spot on face that twitched. Head pressure. I ended up with symptoms from head to toe. Lived with vertigo for years, and when crashed with B12 daily!! Fun Wow. Stumbling gait, slurred words and thinking. Eye focus probs. Cold intolerance. Nausea. Light intolerance. Depression/Anxiety, Chest pain. Anger and no energy. This condition mimics MS. I also had many, many tests with no results. All negative. No doctor ever went to B12. There are other tests to confirm B12 deficiency. Homosystene, uMMa, plus the B12 serum. If you are already supplementing with B12 it will not give you a true reading. There is a thread on this site "B12 deficiency commonly misdiagnosed" check it out. Here is an information link about this condition. Do not post there go to above thread if you have any questions.As you read this info think back 5 or 10 years. Small symptoms will appear to you that you have just put off because of age or doing too much. You'll see. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=62327Check out all the basics and the list of symptoms. You will be amazed at how much b12 covers.
    cyndyd 458 Replies
    • September 5, 2010
    • 04:23 PM
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  • I have had this on and off since July....the fogginess, pressure in my head, hard to focus on objects, turn my head too fast and it takes a minute to quit feeling dizzy. The episodes start out like severe vertigo with the spinning room and nausea. Once that goes away, it is the above mentioned symptoms. I went to my primary care doc who sent me to an ENT. The ENT couldn't find anything and suggested an MRI and physical therapy to help alleviate the symptoms. His appt desk was supposed to set it all up for me. That was 2 weeks ago and I haven't heard back from his office yet! I take 500 mcg of B12 every day so I don't think a low level of B12 is the problem. Any ideas?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2010
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  • HI pls reply , i have the same problem , is there any of u have found any help , pls help me i am sooooo depressed ......pls reply me plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzsohailis b12 helping you and which brand u take pls tell me ????I have had this on and off since July....the fogginess, pressure in my head, hard to focus on objects, turn my head too fast and it takes a minute to quit feeling dizzy. The episodes start out like severe vertigo with the spinning room and nausea. Once that goes away, it is the above mentioned symptoms. I went to my primary care doc who sent me to an ENT. The ENT couldn't find anything and suggested an MRI and physical therapy to help alleviate the symptoms. His appt desk was supposed to set it all up for me. That was 2 weeks ago and I haven't heard back from his office yet! I take 500 mcg of B12 every day so I don't think a low level of B12 is the problem. Any ideas?
    sohail2000 7 Replies
    • November 19, 2010
    • 00:51 AM
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  • I have had this on and off since July....the fogginess, pressure in my head, hard to focus on objects, turn my head too fast and it takes a minute to quit feeling dizzy. The episodes start out like severe vertigo with the spinning room and nausea. Once that goes away, it is the above mentioned symptoms. I went to my primary care doc who sent me to an ENT. The ENT couldn't find anything and suggested an MRI and physical therapy to help alleviate the symptoms. His appt desk was supposed to set it all up for me. That was 2 weeks ago and I haven't heard back from his office yet! I take 500 mcg of B12 every day so I don't think a low level of B12 is the problem. Any ideas?If you are getting spinning when turning your head you should definitely check out BPPV, I'm surprised your ENT didn't suggest this...you can stop this yourself using the Epply manuever...look it up on YouTube....
    oceantracks 2 Replies
    • November 30, 2010
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  • I'm a 31-year-old female living near San Francisco.I've had fibromyalgia for most of my life, so i am used to constant pain and discomfort; i have developed a fairly high tolerance for it over the years. Meditation has helped a lot with the "observation" of the pain without reacting to it. Regardless, it has always been there.Three years ago, i ripped a muscle in my lower back while working at Trader Joe's. It was awful; happened beginning of December and the worker's comp therapists were all booked through January, so i received literally zero treatment for three weeks following the injury. By that time, the muscles had refused, but considering how much pain is still there, they must not have healed properly. Lower back pain, hip, constant, on top of all the fibromyalgia nonsense--i thought i had hit even my high pain limit. Declared 5% disabled, not sure how they get that number considering i will never lift more than 10lbs for the rest of my life without excruciating pain. I've been taking 600mg of ibuprofen, 500mg of acetaminophen, and 440mg of noproxin sodium every singly friggin day, for 2.5 years. I went through a whole concoction of prescription pain killers before settling on this cocktail, most of which made me too groggy to function properly.But six months ago, i thought i was getting the flu: severe fatigue--i went from one or two cups of coffee a day to needing five or six; severe but dull, achy neck pain that radiates up into the base of my skull; listless exhaustion; headaches everyday that arrive suddenly, intermittently, are either swift or lingering; the desire to crawl under a rock and make it all go away. But the symptoms never progressed beyond this. It never turned into a flu or cold, no fever, no nausea, no congestion beyond my regular allergies, just the incessant dull, achy, fatigue. Combined with my back pain and other fibromyalgia issues, i can hardly stand it.I had to let go of my health insurance when Trader Joe's declared i was unfit to work for them anymore, considering i could no longer lift the required 70lbs in order to stock the store, and the worker's comp insurance settlement wont even cover the OTC costs of the pain meds, let alone any other treatments for my back. So, like millions of other Americans, i'm left to try and cope with what i can scrounge together from the internet and a supermarket.I've tried several "symptom" checkers online, but "Fibromyalgia" keeps coming up--and since i have had that for over 20 years and am quite familiar with it, i can safely say these new symptoms are NOT fibromyalgia. I've been taking it very easy since my back injury, obviously. No neck trauma. No whiplash. No gyms, let alone gym injuries. Even my sex life has been severely hampered by the back injury (which basically ruined my life).I -have- had a history of migraines, as well, though i only get maybe one or two a year, and i haven't been able to identify what my specific triggers are. If its a migraine progression of some kind, i guess i'm S.O.L....My income after paying rent and utilities is less than $12,000 a year, 3 kids and a husband who has late-stage ulcerative colitis and hasn't been able to work in 4 years himself, so going to a doctor is literally a constant joke at our house--we always say if we ever won the lottery, we'd go to the doctor. :DI've been growing more worried that its something serious; i'm kinda glad to see others have had it for far longer than i and are still (relatively) okay, all things considered. Though i wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. The OTC pain killers i take help dull the lower the back pain, but barely lesson this weird neck pain, and do absolutely nothing for the fatigue and listlessness, which hit me in unrelenting waves. If anything, the pain killers give a strange, detached sensation to the neck ache, making the flu-like sensation even more pronounced. At least with the flu, you know it will go away. :/My brother does massage and that has helped when he has been able to work on me, though within minutes of the session's end, the pain is right back again. The fatigue does not seem to be affected by the body work. But considering it has helped at all, i am hopeful it might be eventually successful.
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    • January 6, 2011
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  • Hi Everyone, I hope people are still following. I have all of the symptoms described by the original post and am, as a lot of you are, glad not to be alone. I have been to many doctors and had a lot of the same testing as others: scans, blood tests, and eventually I started considering psychological problems. But I am sure that it is something physical. At some point, another user mentioned Candida as a possible explanation This describes an overgrowth of yeast in the bowls. The yeast needs sugar and makes you crave sugar-- it also gives you withdrawal-like symptoms when you go without because (apparently) the yeast dies and ferments-- which makes you feel hung-over or "foggy" after waking up. Here's an overview of the possible symptoms:http://www.thecandidadiet.com/candidasymptoms.htmIt also mimics a lot of the things that I was sure I had: Low blood sugar, thyroid problems, TMJ, celiacs, etc.-- only it makes more sense because my symptoms don't stay consistent if I change my diet, but eventually return when my diet stabilizes. Does this happen with anyone else? Candida overgrowth occurs from eating processed foods and sugars which can be a large part of your diet even if you eat decently-- especially in America and Canada (where corn is the second ingredient in everything!) I think this is something that most doctors will not recognize or be able to diagnose because it hasn't reached clinical studies. It seems like the treatment is a restricted diet (GAPS or the Candida diet) and optional probiotics. For anyone looking to test this treatment option, I suggest the Candida diet over the GAPS which is far too strict to be practical and has been the recipient of a lot a criticism. I am going to try restricting my diet and see if it helps me, and I will let you all know if it does. I have some questions for others:Have you tried the Candida or GAPS diet? Have they been helpful?Has anyone been tested for or diagnosed with digestive/ gastrointestinal abnormalities?Do you feel more functional after eating certain foods (sugary foods/ juices)? Drinking water? Drinking Coffee? Do you feel less functional after any of these?Did you have a change in diet up to a year prior to acquiring your symptoms?Has anyone had food-related problems (Anorexia, unexplained nausea, digestive pain, problems with certain foods) at any point in their lives?I hope to hear back from some of you :)-Pam.
    PamelaPowley 6 Replies
    • February 18, 2013
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  • I had these same symptoms for months and my doctor suggested they were due to hormonal changes and related to my menstrual cycle. He also stated that studies have proven Aleve (or generic)can decrease all the symptoms, including foggy, dizzy head and nausea.It seemed too simple, but I tried it and and my symptoms were aleviated within 24 hours. If I stop taking the Aleve, the suymptoms return. Please try it. I would really like to know if this helps any of you.
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    • August 25, 2013
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  • Well as with everyone elses replies, i've had most symptoms as mentioned.I have no idea whether or not they may be anxiety/stress related, but I was always adamant that because of the physical symptoms, it must be some form of physical complication.  Reasons for this are that generally, without the nausea and mild spaced out feelings I suffer, I feel normal.  Nothing has relay changed in my life to justify anxiety.  It is the symptoms that make me feel the way I feel, and worry about what is wrong.  I have had mild anxiety in the past, with no major physical symptoms.I have had 3 different GP's look at me and one Neurologist, who say my symptoms are too generic to carry out any further inquiries.  I've had no tests with the exception of a blood test, which has came back ok (slightly low folic acid).  Neurologist said there was no need to carry out any MRI's or further tests at this stage, and has prescribed me Dosulepin, an anti-depressant.  On the first day of taking them, but will watch out for replies on this thread regarding experiences, and report back on how I get on with my progress.
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  • TO ALL ON THIS THREAD: I am going to suggest a B12 serum test for all of you. It should not be below 550. Below this can cause neuropsyciatric symptoms. B12 deficiency causes spinal degeneration. Classic symptoms are brain fog, weakness, tiredness, stomach issues, pain, shooting/electric spasms/pain. Muscle spasms, numbness is extremities. There are many more. I had pain in places I didnt even know were a problem. Places where I had the beginning of arthritis that had not given me an ounce of pain. They all showed up. Neck first. Pain in base of neck that radiated up over top of head to eyes. Eye and spot on face that twitched. Head pressure. I ended up with symptoms from head to toe. Lived with vertigo for years, and when crashed with B12 daily!! Fun Wow. Stumbling gait, slurred words and thinking. Eye focus probs. Cold intolerance. Nausea. Light intolerance. Depression/Anxiety, Chest pain. Anger and no energy. This condition mimics MS. I also had many, many tests with no results. All negative. No doctor ever went to B12. There are other tests to confirm B12 deficiency. Homosystene, uMMa, plus the B12 serum. If you are already supplementing with B12 it will not give you a true reading. There is a thread on this site "B12 deficiency commonly misdiagnosed" check it out. Here is an information link about this condition. Do not post there go to above thread if you have any questions.As you read this info think back 5 or 10 years. Small symptoms will appear to you that you have just put off because of age or doing too much. You'll see. http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=62327Check out all the basics and the list of symptoms. You will be amazed at how much b12 covers.Have your symptoms resolved after taking b-12. Also what form of b-12 do you take? What brand? I am reading that the Methylcobalamin is the best. I hope you are doing well now. My b12 is 382. Also my platelet count is low and maybe the reason is the b12 level.
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    • December 19, 2013
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  • Hey everyone,
    Im a 14 year old maleand have been feeling following symptoms:

    heavy,foggy,dazed head
    aching neck
    lack of memory and forgetting words
    tingling on my feet and hands
    "asthma" attacks but where my oxygen in the blood was fine
    and ifelt nausea sometimesand no appetite butmaybe because i was just so scared

    I am really really scared that it is a brain tumor and need your guys help,

    Thanks in advance
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  • im having a lot of the same symptoms, nausea after eating, dizziness, fatigue, pressure in the front of my head and behind my eyes. I quit chewing tabacco a few months ago and attributed this to nicotine withdraw. Now after about 4 months its still happening. I have my good days and bad days where i can barely concentrate while driving and walking. Finally thinking a doctors trip is needed. Hopefully find something so i can at least know what is happening.
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  • Hi guys. I can see it has been some considerable time since all of these posts. Years. But I am hoping that in this time, you will have found a cure? I am feeling all of this for the past 6 months. And it's completely ruining my life. Dizzy nausea full headed cloudy pressure headaches fullness in ears pain behind the ears. I can sleep for a good night and wake up half dead. My doctors think I have psychological problems and that it's all in my head. Someone out there please give me a glimmer of
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