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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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  • I have also been feeling this way for years now. Like a constant drunk feeling. I regularly get nose and throat infections. I have not had a car accident or anything like that. No acidents at the gym. I do suffer from sleep disorders though and went to a nurologist years ago for that. But everytime I go to my doctor I get fobebd off with something or another. I have been tested for diabeties, vit b-12, ME, chronic fatigue syndrome. All sorts. But it really effects my day to day life... I find it hard concentrating at work. Makes silly mistakes. I too look for things in silly places, or I will be looking right at it and not see it... I forget if I have said something to someone. Things like that. Constantly tired and spaced out. Its horrible! Its really getting me down. And it seems the non one understands. I feel depressed for no reason! Its so so so so wierd. My last diagnoses was adult azbergers!!! Absolute rubbish! My doctor said basically there is no cure, you just have to live with it... Well I am not sure how much longer I can without going completely insane! Needless to say I have changed doctors and am off to see them next week... Even while typing this I feel wierd. I fullness feeling in my ears and that half drunk half sober feeling... Not sure if anyone else gets this... but guilt feelings? From nothing... you go out and have fun or something but feel terribly guilty the day after.... EEEaaak!!!!!!!!!Hey Dude,Im the same, see my post on page 1.I also get the 'Guilt Feeling'. I dont think its guilt, its just alcohol/hangovers makes you feel incredibly anxious. This constant 'FullHead' that most of us feel is obvioulsy making us depressed/anxious etc so most of the symptoms that we qoute to the doctors appear as if it could be anxiety or depression. I usually go out every fri with my mates and the hangover lasts for days, shakey, anxious, nautiuos and just a bizarre feeling as if iv done somthing wrong ha, its insane!Few things to try:Do you drink plenty of water ? I was seeing a ciroprachter and he mentioned being dehydrated makes you feel dizzy/light headed and can make the muscles in the back of your neck/base of your skull ache and spur on headaches.Other things I was thinking of were eye strain, If i close my eyes i dont feel so bad, sounds odd but try it!!Also posture, if you feel at the base of your skull where it joins your neck, either side of there is always tight and stiff, even though I keep myself fit. I drive alot and sit at my desk, all crunched up, just habit, this could be causing the tension feeling.You've defo hit the nail on the head tho matey, the 'Hungover Feeling'. It does feel like that, almost as if youve had a couple of pints, or even the morning after.Hang in there bud!Keep the post going, its good listening to other people who have the same probs... Mabye someone might get an answer to what it could be!
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  • Hi Everyone,I too am in the same boat and firstly I just want to say how much I empathise with everyone who is going through this, it sucks big time! Plus it can be really hard to explain how you feel to others, which can make the experience even worse because nobody understands.I have had this for around two years now. It all began after I went to see an osteopath who manipulated my neck and obviously he did not do a very good job and/or my body did not respond well at all. As a result I strongly advise you to stay away from neck crackers, they can do more harm than good! I also find it interesting, having read other people's posts, that they too have had some neck involvement. It has been a very difficult journey since then. I have tried so many avenues to get relief; doctors, neurologists, massage, herbs, psychologists, i have had scans, blood tests and more, and like many others I too have not yet found relief. However I am not giving up! I will hang in there and keep trying to find something that will lift the fog. I am determined not to let this ruin my life, even though it can be terrible, I am determined to do what I can to help myself. I think the best thing is to get a thorough check up from your GP to rule out anything sinister and also make sure your fog is not coming from anxiety or depression. If you get the all clear with these things then do your best not to be afraid of the sensations. Fear of it makes it worse and constantly focussing on it makes it take over your every waking moment. The more you pay attention to the fog, the more you get consumed by it. Do your best to distract yourself and don't be too ******n yourself if you're a bit slow, confused etc. be gentle, patient and keep asking for help and support. You may just stumble accross someone who can help you. I know it is extremely hard, but you posess a power within you that is bigger than this discomfort so please try not to let this problem ruin your life.I salute all of us because we are trying to find ways to help ourselves and I am hopeful that something will work eventually.Warmest Wishes;Michelle
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    • August 16, 2009
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  • In the same boat as all of you. Only thing i cant rid myself of is the neck pressure/balance problems. (feels as though someitmes i am walking on uneven surface.BIO: Apr 2008 - was cracking my neck then sudden onset of head pressure, balance issues, strange head sensations, seizure like + common anxiety symp. (brain fog - diziness), bloodwork, MRI brain, CT brain all clear, CT neck found retrolisthesis of c4/c5 (not sure if this is cause) - still exploringOct 2008 - managed to rid the anxiety, head pressure gone, brain fog gone, neck pressure remains, balance issues remainApr - 2009 - Orthodics fittted to correct pronation of feet (most likely caused from neck pressure sending mixed up signals to my body causing pronation), balance improved significantlyJune - 2009 - Placed on biofeedback program (to eliminate "anxiety" that neuroligist suggests), passed, I am not anxiousCurrent - still have base of skull pressure and a constant tremor through body almost like a small parkinsons or a small essential tremor, also weird sensation when i turn my head left to right like i can feel the back of my head/neck muscles move, hard to detect whether the pressure is muscle, nerve, spinal cord related.
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  • Its called Derealisation or Depersonalisation . Its a form of anxiety which has been in some ways ruining my life since april this year. For ages i did'nt know what was wrong with me. I constantly felt like i was in a daze trapped inbetween a dream world and reality. Constantly worrying i had something wronge with my brain i looked for possible answers on the internet and in various health books, at 1st i found nothing which related to me. A week into feeling like this i was going insaine. Questioning my sanity and having huge panic attacts and anxiety. I was a mess. Even not being able to work.Previous to this i took salvia. In my mind i thought i was still half in a trip. That maybe the drug had'nt left my system for some reason, but it was'nt that.Finaly after 5 weeks of feeling like my life was slowly ending i found a website which explained about a type of anxiety. Well 2 to be exact Depersonalisation and Derealisation.(big words i know, which is why i prob had never heard of them) Sufferers of Depersonalisation or Derealisation feel divorced from both the world and from their own body. Often people who experience depersonalisation claim that life "feels like a dream", things seem unreal, or hazy; some say they feel detached from their own body. Another symptom of this condition can be the constant worrying or strange thoughts that people find hard to switch off..People often say that no matter how hard they try, they don't feel like they can interact with the world around them. They feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings, finding it hard to talk and connect with others. Also they feel no love for the people closest to them and even question if they did a certain task or had a particular conversation. The most upsetting thing is they lose a sense of who they are and can't seem to perceive themselves as being normal. Depersonalisation is a common and understandable offshoot of the anxiety condition. Before going further into depersonalisation, let me clear up one thing,which is something I get asked often. “No, you are not going mad.” This feeling comes from being constantly worried about your own problems, but it is not serious or harmful in any way and has a totally logical explanation. It is temporary and, with patience and understanding, eventually passes like any other symptom.Depersonalisation occurs with anxiety because you are so used to watching yourself, questioning your illness, day in, day out, that you start to feel detached from the outside world. Your mind has become tired and less resilient through watching yourself and worrying about your symptoms. It has been bombarded with worrying thoughts and becomes fatigued. When our limbs tire, they ache. When our mind tires, we feel these strange feelings of detachment from the world around us, experiencing an almost dreamlike state, convincing ourselves that we are going mad or losing it. You are not; your mind is just so very tired and just craves a rest from all this introspection of oneself.When people are caught up in the worry cycle, they begin to think deeply and constantly. They study themselves from deep within, checking in and focusing on their symptoms. They may even wake in the morning only to continue this habit, “How do I feel this morning? “I wonder if I will be able to get through today”. What’s this new sensation I feel?” This may go on all day, exhausting their already tired mind further. This constant checking in and constant assessing of their symptoms then becomes a habit, but like all other habits this one can also be changed.4 months later im alot calmer and can control it alot better although it still gets the better of me. The reason i made this thread is because i've spoke to loads of people who have simular feelings to what i had and did'nt know what it was. I know how bad i was when i didnt understand what was going on so if i can help someone else then great! I was also wondering if anyone else has this and knows already what it was and do you have any addvise on how to deal with it as its still hard to deal with at times.Sorry if i bored some people(which im sure i did)_Disturbed_
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  • Its called Derealisation or Depersonalisation . Its a form of anxiety which has been in some ways ruining my life since april this year. For ages i did'nt know what was wrong with me. I constantly felt like i was in a daze trapped inbetween a dream world and reality. Constantly worrying i had something wronge with my brain i looked for possible answers on the internet and in various health books, at 1st i found nothing which related to me. A week into feeling like this i was going insaine. Questioning my sanity and having huge panic attacts and anxiety. I was a mess. Even not being able to work.Previous to this i took salvia. In my mind i thought i was still half in a trip. That maybe the drug had'nt left my system for some reason, but it was'nt that.Finaly after 5 weeks of feeling like my life was slowly ending i found a website which explained about a type of anxiety. Well 2 to be exact Depersonalisation and Derealisation.(big words i know, which is why i prob had never heard of them) Sufferers of Depersonalisation or Derealisation feel divorced from both the world and from their own body. Often people who experience depersonalisation claim that life "feels like a dream", things seem unreal, or hazy; some say they feel detached from their own body. Another symptom of this condition can be the constant worrying or strange thoughts that people find hard to switch off..People often say that no matter how hard they try, they don't feel like they can interact with the world around them. They feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings, finding it hard to talk and connect with others. Also they feel no love for the people closest to them and even question if they did a certain task or had a particular conversation. The most upsetting thing is they lose a sense of who they are and can't seem to perceive themselves as being normal. Depersonalisation is a common and understandable offshoot of the anxiety condition. Before going further into depersonalisation, let me clear up one thing,which is something I get asked often. “No, you are not going mad.” This feeling comes from being constantly worried about your own problems, but it is not serious or harmful in any way and has a totally logical explanation. It is temporary and, with patience and understanding, eventually passes like any other symptom.Depersonalisation occurs with anxiety because you are so used to watching yourself, questioning your illness, day in, day out, that you start to feel detached from the outside world. Your mind has become tired and less resilient through watching yourself and worrying about your symptoms. It has been bombarded with worrying thoughts and becomes fatigued. When our limbs tire, they ache. When our mind tires, we feel these strange feelings of detachment from the world around us, experiencing an almost dreamlike state, convincing ourselves that we are going mad or losing it. You are not; your mind is just so very tired and just craves a rest from all this introspection of oneself.When people are caught up in the worry cycle, they begin to think deeply and constantly. They study themselves from deep within, checking in and focusing on their symptoms. They may even wake in the morning only to continue this habit, “How do I feel this morning? “I wonder if I will be able to get through today”. What’s this new sensation I feel?” This may go on all day, exhausting their already tired mind further. This constant checking in and constant assessing of their symptoms then becomes a habit, but like all other habits this one can also be changed.4 months later im alot calmer and can control it alot better although it still gets the better of me. The reason i made this thread is because i've spoke to loads of people who have simular feelings to what i had and did'nt know what it was. I know how bad i was when i didnt understand what was going on so if i can help someone else then great! I was also wondering if anyone else has this and knows already what it was and do you have any addvise on how to deal with it as its still hard to deal with at times.
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    • October 8, 2009
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  • I have the stiff/sore bone cracking neck, dull headaches, foggy head, nervous stomach, get less sleep and anxiety that started in the afternoon of 08Mar2009. I take underactive thyroid medicine and Centrum Silver Vitamins. I feel best (most relaxed) in the evening hours. Might be watching TV makes me forget about the symptoms and any worries.
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  • I got all the symptoms that started in the afternoon of 08Mar2009. I feel best in the evening watching TV. That must help me forget about anxiety and thinking about the symptoms. I do have a stiff/sore neck that cracks a lot. I am taking under active thyroid medicine and take vitamins. I don't think that stuff helps.
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  • I have been suffering with this for 14 years. I was one of the top 3 state troopers in my state. Im here to tell you that this gets worse. The fog was there for many years, after 13 years it turned into horrific fatigue. I am now out of work. I have had 5 sleep studies, 2 MRI's multiple, multiple tests. They can find nothing. I did as a kid have some pain in my neck. When I turn my head I can feel/hear a grinding sort of thing. Yet the scans show nothing out of the ordinary. WE all here are saying weird stuff in the neck. This cant be depression or anxiety. I was happiest person in world before this hit me, LITERALLY over night. I have lost many things due to this, including a wonderful career but I am not giving up yet. Anyone here wake up feeling way better if they wake up on stomach? That is about only thing I notice has helped slightly. As for all these theories on yeast, anxiety etc. Been there, tried them all with doctor, waste of time.
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    • October 23, 2009
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  • I have been suffering with this for 14 years. I was one of the top 3 state troopers in my state. Im here to tell you that this gets worse. The fog was there for many years, after 13 years it turned into horrific fatigue. I am now out of work. I have had 5 sleep studies, 2 MRI's multiple, multiple tests. They can find nothing. I did as a kid have some pain in my neck. When I turn my head I can feel/hear a grinding sort of thing. Yet the scans show nothing out of the ordinary. WE all here are saying weird stuff in the neck. This cant be depression or anxiety. I was happiest person in world before this hit me, LITERALLY over night. I have lost many things due to this, including a wonderful career but I am not giving up yet. Anyone here wake up feeling way better if they wake up on stomach? That is about only thing I notice has helped slightly. As for all these theories on yeast, anxiety etc. Been there, tried them all with doctor, waste of time.Suffering for 14 years is so long. I was a happy laid back person too that got hit all of the sudden and been the same ever since. I just started taking flying lessons and ended up quiting with all these symptoms I have now. I've lost the thrill for doing anything.
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    • October 28, 2009
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  • It is so weird, because I have been feeling like this for the past few days!I went away for a weekend without my boyfriend and came back to our place and just felt really weird there.Ever since I have been feeling tired, with pressure in my head and constant blurring.I can't concentrate on anything, and keep getting these 'gut feelings' that I know aren't true. I don't know if that's just me?Keep getting a really heavy head and everything, and keep thinking something must have happened while I was away, as me and my boyfriend experienced a few problems last week.When I came back, I also had the 'guilt feeling' as I have done something wrong though I haven't.After reading through all these, I know it's anxiety and I find it so amazing how many deal/cope with it.Does anyone know how it goes? Is there something the doc can prescribe to you?It's horrible going through, and you just wish the feeling would pass!Hope you are all wellxx
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    • November 5, 2009
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  • Its called Derealisation or Depersonalisation . Its a form of anxiety which has been in some ways ruining my life since april this year. For ages i did'nt know what was wrong with me. I constantly felt like i was in a daze trapped inbetween a dream world and reality. Constantly worrying i had something wronge with my brain i looked for possible answers on the internet and in various health books, at 1st i found nothing which related to me. A week into feeling like this i was going insaine. Questioning my sanity and having huge panic attacts and anxiety. I was a mess. Even not being able to work.Previous to this i took salvia. In my mind i thought i was still half in a trip. That maybe the drug had'nt left my system for some reason, but it was'nt that.Finaly after 5 weeks of feeling like my life was slowly ending i found a website which explained about a type of anxiety. Well 2 to be exact Depersonalisation and Derealisation.(big words i know, which is why i prob had never heard of them) Sufferers of Depersonalisation or Derealisation feel divorced from both the world and from their own body. Often people who experience depersonalisation claim that life "feels like a dream", things seem unreal, or hazy; some say they feel detached from their own body. Another symptom of this condition can be the constant worrying or strange thoughts that people find hard to switch off..People often say that no matter how hard they try, they don't feel like they can interact with the world around them. They feel a sense of detachment from their surroundings, finding it hard to talk and connect with others. Also they feel no love for the people closest to them and even question if they did a certain task or had a particular conversation. The most upsetting thing is they lose a sense of who they are and can't seem to perceive themselves as being normal. Depersonalisation is a common and understandable offshoot of the anxiety condition. Before going further into depersonalisation, let me clear up one thing,which is something I get asked often. “No, you are not going mad.” This feeling comes from being constantly worried about your own problems, but it is not serious or harmful in any way and has a totally logical explanation. It is temporary and, with patience and understanding, eventually passes like any other symptom.Depersonalisation occurs with anxiety because you are so used to watching yourself, questioning your illness, day in, day out, that you start to feel detached from the outside world. Your mind has become tired and less resilient through watching yourself and worrying about your symptoms. It has been bombarded with worrying thoughts and becomes fatigued. When our limbs tire, they ache. When our mind tires, we feel these strange feelings of detachment from the world around us, experiencing an almost dreamlike state, convincing ourselves that we are going mad or losing it. You are not; your mind is just so very tired and just craves a rest from all this introspection of oneself.When people are caught up in the worry cycle, they begin to think deeply and constantly. They study themselves from deep within, checking in and focusing on their symptoms. They may even wake in the morning only to continue this habit, “How do I feel this morning? “I wonder if I will be able to get through today”. What’s this new sensation I feel?” This may go on all day, exhausting their already tired mind further. This constant checking in and constant assessing of their symptoms then becomes a habit, but like all other habits this one can also be changed.4 months later im alot calmer and can control it alot better although it still gets the better of me. The reason i made this thread is because i've spoke to loads of people who have simular feelings to what i had and did'nt know what it was. I know how bad i was when i didnt understand what was going on so if i can help someone else then great! I was also wondering if anyone else has this and knows already what it was and do you have any addvise on how to deal with it as its still hard to deal with at times.I can really relate to this, as me and my boyfriend had some problems last week, and he kept some secrets from me.I then went away for the weekend, expecting something to happen, and kept building it up.As soon as i came back to our place, it felt like i just didnt belong there, and felt detached from everyone and the bedroom even seemed weird? Now i keep thinking something bad is going to happen? And feel detached from my boyf.I dont know if that relates, but it does sound like what I go through.I went on the internet, and looked it up, and a common cause is sleep deprivation.Can a trauma trigger it off?Hope you are well xx
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  • I too have been dealing with similar symptoms.I am a 25 year old male in pretty good shape.I use to smoke and I drink occasionally.It all started when I was 15,I just started getting a dull ache in the back of my head and feeling like I was high,drunk all the time,with extreme fatigue.I have been going to doctors for 10 years now as this "disease" has progressed.My symptoms are a dull ache in my head that sometimes progresses into headaches(migraines),I have a constant feeling like I am high or drunk,I feel like I am very slower than I used to be(mentally),burning eyes,aching behind eyes and in temples of my head,extreme fatigue,lack of expression or emotion,terrible anxiety about going around others,I sometimes get the chills through my body at random moments(even when it's not cold),and just an overall slowness compared to my former self.I have been checked for thyroid problems,had catscans and mri's on my head,checked for diabetes,tumors,had a stress test for my heart,pretty much everything,and it has all came back negative.It is so frustrating having something so debilatating and not even know what it is(much less figure out how to fix it),and when the doctors are so "nonchalant" about their diagnosis,or lack there of one,because they don't understand and probably don't care.So I am taking a pro-active approach and looking up stuff on my own based on my symptoms and have been taking these possibilities back to the doctor,praying for an answer.At hi time I have about 6 i will be asking him about next time...Occipital neuralgia,Arteriovenous fistula,cervical dystonia,Arnold Chairi Malformation,and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
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    • November 10, 2009
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  • I keep getting a foggy head too. I feel like i'm in a dream and can't function or think properly when this happens. It happens at different times of the day and all I want to do is lie down and go to sleep in hope that it will go away. I went to the docs to have blood tests to check for aneamia, diabetes, thyroid all came back fine. Looking on the internet I thought it may be SAD syndrome or depersonalisation (anxiety related). I have researched and kept a log of when I get these feelings (time of day, what I have eaten and drunk, what I have been doing). I have noticed the following patterns;- It started when I came off the pill- It is usually when I am in a room with artificial lighting- It is usually after I have eaten (cheese or chocolate or pasta - stodgy foods)- I'm thirsty- I can't move without feeling going to faint- I feel sick- When sleep for a couple of hours i usually feel better- when i take paracetomal or neurofen I feel betterI have looked up these triggers/symptoms and I have pinned it down to being a migraine. Apparently you can get migraines from eating certain foods, flashing lights and a migraine does not always consist of a headache but can be just a foggy head - it can also be triggered by a hormonal change. As all of these symptoms match mine and the teatment seems to work too I am going to avoid cheese and chocolate and carry neurofen on me - i'll keep you posted on whether I am right and can keep this foggy head away!!!I hope this helps someone else if they are experiencing the same.Jo
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  • Ok, been going through this for 35+ years. You would thing with all the modern medicine and test that after 35 yrs they could find something, not....I have given up on doctors.I have had migraines for 35 yrs. Two years ago my headaches went chronic, I have pressure on my head all the time (like having a hat on that is to small), and one eye droops. I have a earring in my ears now that drive me nuts. Now I have Fibro and RA also, for about 10 years. Half the time I can't think straight because of 24/7 headaches, pressure on my head, and ringing in my ears. And BTW, if you want to know what it is like to have ringing in your ears, just drive your car for about an hour with the radio on low and on a static channel. By the time you get home you will be nuts.I have had so many MRI's, MR this and that, X-rays,etc., that I should be glowing in the dark. I have been to so many doctors that I'm sure I help them buy a second home. I've been to pain doc's, what a laugh, they like to play God. I have been told now to get discouraged and in the same breathe told they may never find out what is going on. I'v also been told that the ringing in ears have made some people go crazy. Talk about encouraging. I have had doctors look at me as if I were a nut, that one gets me, I walk out and never go back.I wake up to a headache, have it all day, and go to bed with one. The pressure on my head is there all the time,and gets worse off and on but always there. My vision is bad and I get what I call double stamped vision all the time. I've been on all kinds of meds, vitamins and herbs. Nothing works. I've been told "if you will just do what I tell you too you will get better". That's a good one because I do and nothing works. They just like to make you think it is your fault and not that they can't help you.I told one of my doctor about 6 months ago that one day I will have the ER call you when I wind up there with my head split open from the pressure, and then maybe you will believe me. I though his mouth would drop to the floor.I hate to sound down and bust anyone bubble but I have lived with this for more than hald my life and it does nothing but get worse, with no help from doctors. You see, I am 54 yrs old, my first migraine starting when I was 19 yrs ago. Now with all the new problems, and them having all the new meds and test, they still can't do anything or find anything. Oh, and for the one that stated "anxiety" don't think so. Maybe in some cases but with me, been there do that and taken meds for it, it doesn't work. I am on blood pressure meds now because I am in pain 24/7 and it effects my blood pressure.BTW, I have even tried to get doctors to have a standing order for an MRI so when I get a migraine they can runn the test right then to see if they can find something. I am willing to go through the pain of a migraine and test at the same time just to find out what is going on. Was told they can't, they have to schedule them. Hey, if you have an accident and are taking to the ER and need an MRI right a way, they can do it. But in my case they cannot.I'm at my whits in. I have to deal with this every day of my life. I can't work anymore because no one wants to hire someone that may or may not be able to come in one day. I'm not saying the medical field is bad because they are not, in most cases they are great. I am saying that doctors need to listen more to people in pain and not brush it off just because they can't find anything wrong. They need to listen to people in pain and try more to help them instead of thinking the person is just a nut. Maybe we all need to find a doctor like House, they will either kill us or cure us,but it would be better than what we are going through.Sorry if I have sounded off a little here. You will be there one day also; where you have day that your nerves are ontop of your skin and you just can't take it. If that happens just sound off to someone that cares about you. Talk to them and want them that you may need a sounding board sometimes and ask them if you can make them your official sounding board. Trust me, it helps sometimes. Mine is my loving, precious, 80 yr old mother. God love her, she a saint putting up with me all these years. Don't know what I wold do without her.Find a sounding board. Hang in there everyone. Maybe with everyone writing in some doctor, somewhere, will decide to take on the task of trying to find out what is going on with all of us.Good luck by painful friends and hang in there.Christal from Florida
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  • Head fogginess, numbness, tight band around brain feeling, head pressure, neck and back of eyes pressure, lack of awareness etc etc. So I have found that Tramadol works very well, but beware. Try hard to stick to minimum dose and use only when you need to such as sleeping and going out. Perhaps cycle it. It got outta hand for me and i weened myself off it. Was up to 10 tabs a day. Now only 1 at night when i need to get a good rest. Tried Lorazapam antianxiety that worked well after a few days, but it messed up my emotions and literally cried over spilt milk within a few weeks so got off that and only use that in severe periods. Best check with your doctor first and be monitored while taking these strong meds. Good luck everybody. Keep talking with friends. it's the best thing that distracts me from the Ducking drustration. D=f
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  • Hi all,I'm afraid to say that all of you describe exactly what I have had for the last 15 or so years. I am not even sure anymore how long I have had it. All I know is that I have lived like a zombie for way too long, and lost friends, jobs, and I am totally unrecognisable from my former self. A lot of days I have no idea how I make it from morning to night and do a days work in a stressful and demanding job in banking, but I guess I do because I have to. I have tried everything over the years - sleep clinics, sinus surgery, parasite cleanses, all sorts of herbal remedies and the like, and more useless doctors than you can imagine, who all prescribe all sorts of wierd and wonderful pills. I was once given pills for schhizo's, which made me feel roughly 200 times worse than usual. But one thing I found recently that definitely does help, and sometimes quite considerably, is simple neck exercises. Sit down and keep your back straight and turn your head slowly from side to side about 5 or 6 times, then up and down 5 or 6 times. I find that this often brings amazing relief, and a few times made me feel (dare I say it) almost normal. I have also managed to make myself a lot better sometimes through meditation - I kid you not. I sit down and close my eyes and try to imagine exhaling all my problems (which I represent by black smoke), and inhaling clear fresh good things, which I represent by clear air, and telling myself that I am exhaling all the bad stuff within me. And I do this for five or ten minutes until I feel that all the black smoke from inside has gone, and am sometimes amazed at how good I feel afterwards. So if you are like me and you try anything, I would give the simple neck exercises a go, and the meditation. Sometimes it surprises me. But for some reason, and I don't know why, it is only ever temporary relief, and I always forget to make it a regular thing. That's another huge downside I find with this condition - I can't keep routines up. I am in too much of a mess. But it is definitely interesting to read your comments. I had no idea when this started or why. After reading your posts about events ion your life, I am wondering if it started shortly after I had someone drive into the back of me back in 1995, and I suffered badly from whiplash for about a week or two when I couldn't get comfortable in any position because my back and neck were full of an annoying intense dull ache. And I think it was shortly after that when it started. But this is a very annoying thing to deal with for sure. Because if you ask a doctor, you can be diagnosed with so many different things it's untrue. All I know is that I get the dull neck pain, spaced out like you wouldn't believe, dreadful brain fog, and the past two weeks have been incredibly bad because every day I am struggling to keep my eyes open from waking up to going to bed agian. I have been sat at work all day doing nothing because I can not concentrate for a second and I have an intense desire to sleep. I am sure if I had closed my eyes at any time, I would have been asleep within a minute. It's been terrible. All I want to do is sleep, and to add to that I have had many days where I have been in a really bad mood too, snapping at co-workers and my little boy at home who I love dearly and does not deserve it. I have also been getting dark thoughts too, which I am not happy about to say the least. I feel like I am not far off going completely mad. So, hopefully one day I will find the cause. I really can't work out if this is something physical that has brought on some mental issues, or if it is all mental. I have no clue. I have had anxiety attacks many times, but they're pretty much gone now except for a few rare occaisions. I have also had bad depressions. but I guess after dealing with this awful problem for 15 years, anyone is likely to get depressed !FYI: my diet has been pretty bad, and the last while I have been drinking A LOT. I can't seem to stop drinking each and every day. And at work I normally only have a sandwich for lunch every day, and my diet is quite low in fruit and veg. I f my wife stopped making salads I think I would get hardly any real nutrition at all. Also my only exercise is walking to get the train to work each day, and back home of an evening from the station - probably 10-15 minutes walking each day. And I have been drinking approximately 3 coffees each working day too, and little water. So I am tempted to change ym life completely and see how I feel. I imagine that a diet that I just described is enough to make anyone feel run-down in one way or another. Best of luck to all of you. We need it ! I would hate for me to go through the rest of my days like this. I really would.
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  • i hope this works with out me having to sign up but like everyone else im having the same problems i dont do drugs and rarley drink im am so tired of this feeling and the anxiety it brings with it i am 21 years old i have always been super smart quick and sharp as a knife i am an auto tech and at one point i could tell u ne thing about ***n near ne thing not to be conceded cause im not but i was that person and not the "know it all" type either but over the last few years i have really lost my edge i live in spokane washington and would like to offer my telephone number to everyone experiencing this and i would like to talk to every one posssible about our ISSUE My name is Tyler what im gonna do is make a big log of information collected by all of us to get us fixed metaphorically speaking i may just put a GUN to a doctors head while he helps each of us individually please dont think im crazy i just know how bad this bother me and i know if it was my child with it i would do terrible things to have him treated we need to stand out a lil better on this issue and keep the docs in check I WILL NOT REST UNTILL WE ARE CARED FOR THIS **** WILL BE ON BILL BOARDS ACROSS THE WORLD AND FLYERS ON EVERY WINDOW OF EVERY CAR OF EVERY STORE PLEASE SEND EMAILS TYCLARK88@HOTMAIL.COM
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  • Yep - you all seem to be describing my last 7 years. Seemed to begin with a whiplash injury, I was fine for a couple of months then felt like poo for about four months. Since then it flairs up intermittently, probs every month or two. Tried everything - NSAIDS, chiropractor, physio, neurologist. All said I'm fine - possible anxiety, which may actually be part of it because it draws you focus so much that you think about it daily. I don't believe it is completely psychosomatic however as like many of you it seems to be aggravated by the gym, lifting heavy weights, even if I'm doing leg presses of exercises that go no-where near the neck!Another factor seems to be alchohol. I dont drink too regularly but tend to binge drink. Then 2-3 days later, especially if I go to the gym, BAM, it kicks in. Dizziness, pressure in the head, jittery, unable to concentrate, forgetful, clumsy, something the matter with my vision even though nothing goes out of focus, wanting be away from people, extreme tiredness and oddly enough craving food. It's bizarre.Go the the GP every now and again to see if by some miracle one doctor out there knows what the ***l this is but to no avail although recently a GP has put me on VERY low dose anti-depressants - amitriptyline - as apparently it acts as an anti-spasmodic. The GP explained this to me as a common set of symptoms stemming from a whiplash injury that didn't heal properly. The muscle tone becomes a bit weird and your muscles tend to go into spasm a lot. There a masses of small blood vessesl in your neck, nothing to freak out about, but the flow of blood can be interupted when the muscles go into spasm or swell due to injury. I think the answer is to recognise what triggers these episodes and AVOID. Easier said than done but I'm gonna jack weightlifting and concentrate on cardio-vascular. Binge drinking should also probs be out but hey ho
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  • Hello everyone. I am 18 years old. I have had all these symptoms that you all are talking about for the past month. You guys have no idea how relieving it is to find a blog like this, in which everyone (at least a lot of the people) have the EXACT same symptoms as me. A little bit about myself, I'm a student in high school, I am attending a great University this summer, I am extremely active (lifting and playing basketball 5x a week), I experimented with weed and had an incident in November that involved overdosing on laced weed and I ran through a door (obvious neck and head trauma), however, I was completely fine until recently with no symptoms after that incident. (And i doubt any of this has to do with that incident but I thought I'd put that in there anyways.)When my symptoms first started, it scared me so I went to the ER and they did a CT scan, came back fine. Ended up doing an MRI, that came back fine also, JUST like everyone else in this website. Had a spinal tap this week, there were no infections and they are testing it for MS and other bad things that it's hopefully not. However, after reading these posts, I am beginning to think this is a pretty bad thing in itself, and it is VERY scary. Doctor's have had no answers for me as I've seen the neurologist.Here's my symptoms: Extreme headache in the back of the head and the upper neck,it feels as if I'm wearing an extremely tight headband around my head that never lets go EVER, extreme fatigue, terrible vision, It's almost impossible to concentrate on one thing (like in school), and anxiety. Earlier on, not so much anymore, I had tingling in my hands and feet. It feels as if I am high or drunk ALL the time. Nothing seems to get rid of these symptoms. Vicodin doesn't even help with my headaches.Doing some research, some diseases that have the same symptoms as what most of us are describing (however, slightly different), are Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (and hypotension), Lyme's Disease (in some people's symptoms), and some types of nerve blockages in the neck. However, I don't believe any of us here have these diseases.So here's the deal everyone. I'm not the type of person, as i'm sure none of you are either, to just let this take over your life and let it control you, like it is doing to me. I'm a fairly intelligent young man for only being 18 years of age and I'm not going to let this take over my life OR any of yours. Just throwing this out there real fast, but after reading all the posts, and in the case of myself, I couldn't help but notice that almost everyone with these symptoms are avid weight lifters or these hit the gym regularly like myself? Ultimately, I've concluded that the three most common ways that this could onset in a person is 1.) Perhaps over lifting or tweaking something in the neck while lifting? 2.) A brain trauma, such as a car accident and 3.) Seems as though lots of the people have been, or tried, drugs such as (i think one person said) salvia, and marijuana. That's just what I've thought of though.I met an absolutely amazing woman not too long ago and I feel like I will do anything to become normal again for her. The first step to this, I believe, is to find someone you can talk to. In my case, she is my person. Anytime my symptoms are raging, I call her or text her or do something that involves her, and that calms my anxiety and that sense or feeling that you will never recover from whatever this is. Secondly, I feel as though drinking a ton of water helps a little bit, so staying hydrated is definitely a plus. Haven't tried any of the neck exercises yet but those definitely can't hurt any. Also, stay positive. This is not an incurable thing? Stay optimistic and don't get down on yourself, doctors get paid big dollars for a reason, because they are the best at what they do. And if you are like some of the people on here, who find no positives in all of this except to say we are never going to get help, then don't even bother posting anything. Keep posting what helps you're symptoms...As I will keep posting mine. Keep doing what you love is my best advice.keep your head up. Feel free to email me with any questions, or comments or anything at all. Baller21kd@aol.com. -K.Davis
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  • Hi I have also had these exact symptoms for the past 20 years and through trial and error I am 95% certain I have found the answer - I think that everyone who posts on this site owes it to others to at least try this and post back the results so that others can benefit from this terrible condition.I basically have all these symptoms and have found a connection between everything even the injuries at the gym etc and how this effects what happens - there seems to be a cause and effect situation that is making people look in differant directions when everything is related.Ok here is my story - as a child I had learning difficulties & was always fed up which is not normal for a kid and always had a lack of energy and purpose which has changed been better or worse at differant times in my life - I am also a worry wort - I worry all the time.As a kid i had a very bad diet loads of sugar daily and not much good stuff - fast foward to teen years - whenever I had a beer sessions used to feel down for days after and would take me many days to recover - the foggy head confusion etc was always much worse - not like my mates who could go on weekly benders and function well at work etc.Adult years pretty similar - foggy head feeling depressed lack of motivation - visited every kind of doctor over a 20 year period who could find nothing wrong = conclusion depressed and anxiety - personality disorder and hypocondriaMy instincts told me that there was something being this - as my brother etc eas not depressed so why should i be depressed and why should i be fed up fpr big periods of my life.Ok so i visited a chiropractor one day for a back pain injury and told her all my symptoms - foggy head - feeling off balance - dehydrated - feeling of bouncing - like you get at bottom of elavator - depression - foggy head - feeling as in surreal world - bad memory - no focus - cant concentrate - low boredom level - pins and needles - dry skin - dry skin of scalpe - headaches constant - lethargy - craving sweet things etc etc She did tests on me and asked if i had considered that I may have candida and that I try a candida diet - I was a bit upset to be honest as I thought it cannot just be diet my symptoms are too serious - but then thought why not give it a try.The results were amazing - for the first two weeks i felt worse than I had ever been but this was the candida die of after that I felt great and when I thought about my past it all made sense. What I had got was systemic candida that lives in your brain blood etc and effects all your bodies systems. straving the yeast was very hard i can only imagine it is like a drug withdrawal - you get cravings for sugar like you would not believe.Ok so what is this - the candida loves sugar it thrives on it - when it is dying as it is alive it makes you want to it eat as it wants to survive no matter what.do not think this is going to be easy to truly get rid of it you will have to be so scrict even a slight amount of sugar will put you back to square one.So my high sugar diet as a kid and teenager made it easy for candida to thrive. when you go to bed at night and sleep 8 hours some of the candida starts dying and it ferments just like beer this is where the drunk and hungover feelings come from also drinking beer feeds it and adds to this effect.Ok what is the GYM connection - I believe that these people were already predisposed to getting candida - i wonder how many of them have a high sugar diet through there energy drinks etc -however candida has trouble living in a healthy body so the fact that they could train means that they kept it a bay - but when they got injured and had to stop the candida took over!Please lets try and help each other if you do this and it works don't just dissapear we owe it to everyone who is suffering to post the results and the more people that do this the more people will be convinced of this.for some reason people dont want to believe that it is candida - maybe they want it to be more serious or maybe the reality of the diet is too much for some so they try and kid themselves that it is something else.Make no mistake to do this properly will be one of the hardest things you have done you cant even drink tap water and half hearted efforts do not work.As a test dont eat and just drink bottled wated for 24 hours if you get these really bad die off symptoms you can be pretty sure this is the cause.
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