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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 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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  • This is amazing I have just started feeling like his I have had a small car accident and also use the gym. It feels like my giro has gone and sudden turns and shake of the head leave me feeling dizzy and I feel like I am watching the world from inside a gold fish bowl. Also a feeling a dragging on the back of my neck. I am going to doctors on Thursday I will let you know what he said.
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  • OK, I don't know about you, but I am getting more and more convinced that this is a neck issue. I actually raised this with my doc last time I saw him and asked directly "I have read on the net that this can be caused by problems in the neck", to which he kind-of half laughed and looked at me as if to say "Ohhh boy, another self diagnosed through Google moron". But saying that, he sure as ***l has done precisely nothing to help either. I bought a special neck pillow from Ikea several months ago, and I did find that it helped the way I feel the next day. But nothing ever seems to completely rid me of his awful feeling and the dumb things I do and say as a result. It's so embarrassing not being able to string a sentence together sometimes, and stumbling like a fool to try and say the simplest of things. So, I guess my next stop is a physio. Could this be a trapped nerve or something ? Is there anyway of finding out if I do have trapped nerves in my neck ?
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  • Hey there. I have the same feelings, never spoke to anyone about it. Some days are better than others etc.. but i get the same, like I'm drifting around in some crazy dream. spaced out etc... I find it goes away when I'm around friends and i completely forget. maybe that's the key, dunno. even now as i type too I'm feeling a bit weird. I also find it goes away after going for a bike ride and burning as much energy as i can, and then doing it again until i am physically sick. Gives me relief for a day or so them i fall back into it and cant be bothered to get back on my bike again even though I know it will fix it. mind over matter I suppose. One of the main things that bugs me about it is my constant negative thought process, going over things things i have said again and again. Maybe its a combination of depression and lack of excersize?? could be so, i have decided what i am going to do.1.) excersize as much as i can for a day (without being sick)2.) quit smoking3.) read books to take my mind off iti will let you know how i get on, and which is the best course of action...motivation is my key i think.. getting away from PC's i think is another. fresh air and a hobby..i want my life back
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  • have any of your drs requested lab test for a metabolic panel? I have similar symptoms frequently and mine are related to low sodium. I am on anti-convulsants, plus I may have a celiac disease or something similar that limits the nutrients, etc that your body absorbs. Each of those can be related to low-sodium so that seems to be my issue. I drink a lot of gatorade to counteract it. Just a suggestion.
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  • I too have had many of these symptoms for many years finally ending in attacks of full blown vertigo with vomiting and inability to stand up. I have done all the medical tests and finally discovered that I had a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (muscles pinching my neck arteries around my clavicle) coupled with a bad case of TMJ and a case of whiplash from a bad chiropractor. Poor posture and too much computer use, hunched over a keyboard have helped make all this worse.If you get dizzy in stores it is because you are tilting your head and you are turning your head a bunch looking at items This is a sign you have a whiplash/degenerative cervical disk problem or a muscle spasm in your neck. Please don't get a high velocity neck adjustment from a chiro. This is what caused my problem to get worse. I encourage all of you to lie flat on the floor with a rolled up hand towel under your upper neck lifting your head ever so slightly up and back, a rolled up washcloth under your lumbar area and a pillow under your knees. Shut your eyes and relax and sit there for a long time. Watch TV like this lying under the TV. I think you will find some relief. This is allowing a proper line up of your head on your spine, relaxing your neck and head muscles, and allowing proper blood flow to your brain ( preventing brain fog).Avoid using the computer, your posture probably stinks when you do it. Don't talk on the phone with it pressed between your shoulder and your ear.I am working with a sports therapy person(Active Release) to help revitalize my ill used muscles to restore proper posture and take the load off the stressed muscles, I use a special pillow that allows my spine to follow the correct shape, and I have a TMJ mouthpiece from one of the best TMJ doctors in the country. The results have been very good. I may in the future see if I can change the whiplash problem but it will be through exercise or gentle pressure and only with a bunch of research.Over time, you will need to figure out better posture, deal with any neck issues but this resting position will help. Also, if you haven't already done it, go to a neurologist and make sure you are not having a stroke or tumor. I should note, I had to figure this all out myself over the last several years so don't give up, you are not alone. Look at all the posts here!
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  • Oh my gosh thank yous o much for putting this site up … you don’t realise how much all this has helped me, knowing that im not the only one.about a week ago I had a constante dull headache for a few days n then one day at work something just rushed over me n I felt so weird…. Like I was trapped inbetween a dream world and reality. And that I wasnt like part of my self or part of the worldlike I was , divorced from both the world and from my own body. its so hard to describe.I found little things like eating felt so weird, my whole body would just have a rush of fear, like a gut feeling taking over my bodyI was such a bubbly person, very sociable but now I find it hard to even go to my local shop, im 19!!I thought I was goin insane, I couldn’t describe what I was feeling to my boyfriend, costante worrying n feeling that no1 understood. I cant focus on anything, Im in a conversation n listening but cant recall anything that’s been said even if I answered something, and then I panick more, but I try not to show my panick cos im so afraid that I will just be locked in a nut house.!Everything just feels like a dream… like its not real n reli hazy. I don’t know what to do, I cant even think of the future or any plans cos getting through one day is a struggle,iv run out of all energy, all I want to do is lay on my bed n hide from everyone, cos interecting with ppl seem’s so hard now. its like I think too much into everything, and then panick cos its like why does this happen why does that happen, like I have no control over anything not even my own body. And because I cant control my own body im thinking im goin to die soon, choke on ma own tongue or something, n then what happens… I look around me n the world seems so serial I cant explain, but as im thinking these things (even tho im trying not to think them) a big rush of fear or something takes over ma body. I cant even explain, it all sounds gobbyidigoop lol … but that how ma head is.Someone please help, if you do find the best cure please put it straight on here, iv printed out every single post that has been writtin n goin 2 take it to ma docter,…. I also im goin 2 keep lookin into it. please everyone try to find out what to do because I don’t feel like I know who I am anymoreThankyou, Kayleigh x
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  • i have the same thing right now like i feel super heavy headed and stuff email me why this is happening sockyfoot@hotmail.com
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  • Has anyone been tested for hormone imbalance and Candida? I have the same and gonna get these two tested for soon.I dont get headaches or pains, just head fog, pressure in head and neck, 1 eye seems more swollen on lid, thirsty all the time.When I avoid starch I feel better. I ate pasta today and feel crap again.if anyone finds some answer please come back and post it!!
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  • I also have had the same symptoms for about 3 yrs now. I've been having headaches, weird feeling, vision impairement, trouble concentrating, thirst, stiff muscles, weakness, etc. Most of my symptoms affects the right side of my head and neck. The dizziness and feeling like I'm out of it have been constant. I've gone through various specialists and tests... all coming up negative.I've had chiropractic treatments as well as physical therapy which did help over time but I was no where close to being 100%. For the last 3 weeks, I tried ACCUPUNCTURE being that this treatment would be my last hope... and thank God it gave me great relief and improvement after 2 sessions. Now I feel that my neck and back are not as stiff (possibly pinching nerves) and the symptoms are going away. I'm still not 100% but better than I've ever felt within the last 3 years. The accupuncture loosens the tense muscles and I also get chiropractic adjustments from the same doctor.Please try and find a good accupuncture/clinic. Mine actually tweaks my treatment each session to see which setup has the best response. If yours does the same adjustment every time with little improvement then you need to find a better one. I was with my first chiropractor for over 1 year which did help but the accupuncture combined w/chiropractic treatments I take now only took 2 days to get great results.IF YOU HAVE STIFFNESS ON YOUR MUSCLES/JOINTS, ACCUPUNCTURE WILL HELP YOU!!! Pls post any success stories to help the rest of the people here
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  • I have all these same symptoms as well and have suffered with them for at least 6 years. The spaced out feeling is there 24/7 and seems like there is something wrong with my vision... really hard to explain. Somebody on hear said their vision was jittery and I think that's a really good way to explain it. Just recently I have been experiencing a great deal of floaters... anyone else experience floaters? Anyways, I've also been told that I have Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and Ive done a lot of research on that and found that it causes pretty well all of these same symptoms. Anyone else have problems with their ears? I used to get a lot of headaches and going to the Chiropractor helped alot but now I have neck problems. Docter thinks there could be a problem with the artery in my neck... going for an Ultrasound to determine if thats the case or not, also going for a CT scan to see if there is anything else going on. I would be interested to know if anyone else suffers from ear trouble. Look up Eustachian Tube Dysfunction and see if there could be a connection there for you.
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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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  • I had sudden onset of these symptoms in May 2009 after an "Atlas" chiro visit strongly recommended by a nurse-friend, and since then, I kick myself daily for going there. However, I also did have a "thunderclap" headache at the gym 18 months before, while exercising my back muscles (to take care of scoliotic back problems by strengthening my core.) So between the exercise and the "therapy" I seem to have injured my neck area. Symptoms are: unsteadiness, sudden fluctuating blood pressure, head/face pressure, head pain in various places, sore scalp, mild labored breathing, and coughing up phlegm. If I maintain a normal schedule of concentrated work, it gets to a point where I can't work but have to sit still.. tremor sets in too. But I am not lethargic at all, in fact my energy level is the same as ever. It's VERY weird.Bought a research book on whiplash and that is how I self-diagnose. Cervicogenic headache (plus pllus plus) Have been to a top doctor (live near Hopkins). He has ruled out serious problems and lyme. Have had a lot of scans that calmed my fears of vascular damage. I take small doses of muscle relaxants and valium to keep it under control.Just learning to live with the new "normal."
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  • Wow I've found people like me. I'm really big into working out and lately I had been training to complete the Spartan workout. Well after doing the workout I felt real good, for about a minute, then I started feeling spaced out, a blacked out for a second but came back and the pressure in my head felt like a balloon was inflating in my head. I had a hard time staying in it after that. I couldn't focus and always felt like I was going to pass out. I called the doctor and he didn't know what to do with me. He said it was do to stress, I'm not stressed about anything I was in the prime of my life loving everything and felt great about everything I was doing. As I'm writing this right now I have that neck pain right under the skull and go in and out of focus. I used to be full of energy always going 100 mph and now I'm usually tired and sluggish. This same routine happened to me the next 3 times I worked out so they've banned me from working out (with good reason). But I miss it and I can't get my energy back up. If anyone can think of anything please share. Thanks!
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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!!!!!!!!!Everyone, it sounds like all of you are suffering from sinus pressure. Believe it or not, when sinuses are swelled they put pressure on muscles and nerves in face and head causing all the symptoms mentioned in all the above posts. Ask your doctor to give you medicine to relieve the pressure and reduce the inflamation. It may or not not be an infection, per se, but just inflamation and swelling. Have it checked out.
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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 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!!!!!!!!!yes i know what youre talkin about ,i have a constant infection of my ears and brain lining,even before i got lyme disease and tic delaruex,its sad what doctors dont know whats goin on,people wonder why i hardly smile ,people just dont get it,some doctors dont etheir,Scott
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  • I've had headache problems for over 10 years that have recently manifested into what you are describing. Given that many of you describe exercising, there may be a connection here.Of course each specialist I go to wants to think it has something to do with their specialty. Allergies, neurological, etc. That said, I think I've recently discovered much of what the problem is. About 10 years ago I separated my shoulder in a fall. It was a category 3 separation (which is much more obvious than others which are hardly if ever noticed) on the right shoulder, and or course my headaches occur most frequently on the right side. From what I've learned, over time, the muscles in my right shoulder and upper back became weaker and began to spasm . . . ever so slowly getting worse. This can happen with a variety of physical injuries. The corresponding pull goes up through my neck to the base of my scull at the occipital nerve. That nerve then spreads out across the side and top of my head. The result is pain in the right ear, pressure or pain in the temple, often a tension band around my head and the spaced out, difficulty concentrating condition you're describing. Some days are worse than others. Now I'm trying to rehab the shoulder, which I never formally did, to see if strengthening that injured area will ultimately lessen or elimnate the subtle muscle spasms that affect the nerve path up into my head. I'm going to a neurological chiropractor who has been able to provide some relief.If you are experiencing more cloudiness or pain on one side of the head try taking the corresponding arm and literally cross it to the other side of your body and try reaching around. If you have a lot of discomfort in that shoulder, you may have a shoulder injury conributing to the problem. A constant, nagging, subtle pulling can not only be distracting but exhausting over time.
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