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Excruciating Pain in the back of my head when I do ANYthing that increases blood flow

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  • Posted By: helpmedocs
  • June 25, 2010
  • 07:51 AM

*Posting this again after registering, not sure if my last one went through, if it did, please delete the other one*

Unbelievable pain in the back of my head when I exercise or have any rise in blood pressure. This includes:
-doing more than 5 or so push-ups
-doing more than 3 or so pull-ups
-jogging for more than 2 minutes
-even masturbating

Let me start by saying that I am a healthy person. I am a 22 year old man who stays healthy. I eat considerably well, I usually jog a mile or 2 every couple of days if I can. I am 5'9 and 145 pounds.

When my blood pressure rises higher than a normal resting rate, I get a seering, unbelievable pain in the back of my head. This isn't a migraine, this isn't a headache, I am in trouble. This started suddenly about 5 days ago. Embarrassingly enough, it happened the first time while masturbating. I went from being fine and dandy to unlocking my door in fear that I might pass out from pain. Needless to say, I couldn't finish.

The next day I went for a jog, I got about .4 miles down the road and realized my head was hurting a bit, as if it was starting again. I thought, maybe if I just excercise through it, my blood will open up this part of my brain that seems to be having pressure issues. This was a huge mistake. At about .7 miles into the jog, I fell over in agony. It was as if every time my heart would beat, the blood would send excruciating pain soaring into the back of my brain. It was unbearable. I couldn't move. I had to call someone to pick me up from the park and lay me down.

Later that day, I had an MRI which showed nothing out of the ordinary according to my neurologist. The next day, I went to his partner since he was out of town. He said he would feel parts of my neck to see if any of it was tender. It seemed every pressure point he touched would hurt pretty bad. We thought we found the solution. He gave me 2 shots of cortisone in my neck, which seemed to be inflamed. I have always had a sort of stiff neck, and this seemed to fix that problem. However, nothing happened differently. I still couldn't exercise or do anything to raise my blood pressure without getting this unbelievable pain again in my head.

It has been a few days. I have an appointment to go back to the doctor on Monday to supposedly give me more cortisone.

My question is, do you think this is the right course? I personally think it is doing nothing for my head pains, only making my neck less stiff (which, again, has always been a problem, stiff neck). So I almost wish I did this earlier for my neck, but it seems to be doing NOTHING for my head. Do I need to go to a hospital? Am I wasting time? Every bit of excitement hurts, any large sudden thought changes HURT. BAD. Please Help!

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  • Anyone? This has been happening consistently for over a week now
    helpmedocs 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Well, no one here helped me lol, but, just in case anyone ever has a similar problem, here is what helped me...So, I went to the neurologist again. This time I talked to his partner, who seemed to understand my problem. He said it is an uncommon thing that happens, usually to men, around the age 20-25. He wanted to prescribe me with a beta blocker pill.I, however, cannot take anything that would go on my record right now, and didn't really want to try a heavy drug. Instead, I searched for beta blocker natural supliments. Pomegranite juice was a good one, but it didn't seem to do the trick for me.I found out there is an amino acid supplement called L-Arginine. I found a pill that contains 750mg of L-Arganine and 250mg of Citruline. This DID THE TRICK! After a couple weeks of having this problem, in one day I managed to get rid of it completely with this over-the-counter vitamin. This is the bottle statement:"L-Arginine and L-citrulline are two amino acids bundled into a single powerful supplement. L-Arginine is an important factor in muscle metabolism and is a precursor for nitric oxide, which promotes increased circulation by relaxing blood vessels. L-citrulline helps the body rid itself of ammonia, a by-product of exercise. This clearing enables the body to recover after a workout.Hope this helps someone in the future!
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  • I've been searching for an answer to this EXACT same issue. After seeing my primary care physician and a chiropractor, I've gotten no relief. I have searched extensively on the internet just trying to find anyone who had a similar issue, and saw nothing until I found this thread. I've been having the same exact symptoms as list above (literally...exactly the same) for 10 days. Read this about 10 minutes ago and immediately ran out to the nearest pharmacy. I couldn't find the same supplement as the original poster, but did find a 500mg supplement of just L-Arginine. I've already took one of those. I'd like to just inject this stuff directly into my veins, but the directions on the bottle say to take 1 a day, with a meal. It unfortunately doesn't say anything about injecting this stuff...obviously just kidding people, but I'm in incredible pain as the original poster was. At rest it's just a very dull ache that reminds me it's there, but once my activity level picks up...well the only thing I could compare it to would be getting hit in the back of the head with hammer.My next step was to call a neurologist to schedule an MRI. Neither my Primary nor my Chiro thought that was necessary at this stage, basically saying it was too early for that. Easy for them to say.In any case, like the original poster, I just wanted to jump on here to give others some hope if they experience the same issue. I obviously have had no relief in the last ten minutes, but I will update this thread to let othners know whether the L-Arginine resolved the issue for myself or not. I would like to say thanks to the original poster, if nothing else, you have given me hope.
    Helpmedocs2 3 Replies
    • August 31, 2010
    • 02:26 PM
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  • Let me know how it works out or if you found something different that did. I have since not had any severe problems, it was a miracle amino acid.
    helpmedocs 6 Replies
    • September 1, 2010
    • 08:56 PM
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  • Well, no one here helped me lol, but, just in case anyone ever has a similar problem, here is what helped me...So, I went to the neurologist again. This time I talked to his partner, who seemed to understand my problem. He said it is an uncommon thing that happens, usually to men, around the age 20-25. He wanted to prescribe me with a beta blocker pill.I, however, cannot take anything that would go on my record right now, and didn't really want to try a heavy drug. Instead, I searched for beta blocker natural supliments. Pomegranite juice was a good one, but it didn't seem to do the trick for me.I found out there is an amino acid supplement called L-Arginine. I found a pill that contains 750mg of L-Arganine and 250mg of Citruline. This DID THE TRICK! After a couple weeks of having this problem, in one day I managed to get rid of it completely with this over-the-counter vitamin. This is the bottle statement:"L-Arginine and L-citrulline are two amino acids bundled into a single powerful supplement. L-Arginine is an important factor in muscle metabolism and is a precursor for nitric oxide, which promotes increased circulation by relaxing blood vessels. L-citrulline helps the body rid itself of ammonia, a by-product of exercise. This clearing enables the body to recover after a workout.Hope this helps someone in the future!Hi,I also suffer from back of the head pain. I noticed that it comes more often when I feelstressed, also I noticed that my BP has increased lately. I control this pain with Mersyndol Forte and 5mg of Valium. Mersyndol Forte is a pain killer and Valium a muscle relaxant. You can also try a mild pain killer and Valium. See how you go. I don't believe in naturalmedicine, it hardly ever works and if it does it takes forever to act.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 02:02 AM
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  • L-Arginine is indeed a miracle amino acid! Within 24 hours, it was almost completely gone...48 hours later and it's like it was never there at all.I still don't quite understand the underlying cause of this, which is still a concern, but at least I can go about my business.
    Helpmedocs2 3 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 02:04 PM
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  • I'm glad it helped! All I can do is say all of the possible causes that I assumed from myself.-I had recently started using a new workout machine which strengthened muscles in my back possibly raising blood circulation to my head- I had previously gone through a pill phase about a year before and maybe it took a delayed affect on my brain? Who knows- I started working again after not having a job for over a year plus jogging a lot probably putting stress into my system.I think the reason L-arginine works is because it clears ammonia from the system which is a biprpduct of both stress and adrenaline. The actual pain came from the extra amounts of adrenaline in the brain that ours for whatever reason couldn't handle. It's a problem that tends to happen to people around the ages is 20-25, and since we fixed it now, it may never happen again, but keep the pills and keep taking them daily for a few days to really rid yourself of the problem.
    helpmedocs 6 Replies
    • September 2, 2010
    • 04:24 PM
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  • Hi,I also suffer from back of the head pain. I noticed that it comes more often when I feelstressed, also I noticed that my BP has increased lately. I control this pain with Mersyndol Forte and 5mg of Valium. Mersyndol Forte is a pain killer and Valium a muscle relaxant. You can also try a mild pain killer and Valium. See how you go. I don't believe in naturalmedicine, it hardly ever works and if it does it takes forever to act. The point of me making this thread was to find a cure without a prescription. I don't want prescriptions like Valium and Mersyndol on my record for numerous reasons (it's hard getting into the armed forces with them on your record, also it can bite you in the **s if you ever go to court for just about anything). Also, pills are addicting and usually harmful to your overall health. Long story short, I found an amino acid that really did do the trick 100% and, since it also seemed to work for this other person, I can trust that it was the amino acid and not a coincidence that all painful symptoms of my headaches went away as soon as I started taking it.
    helpmedocs 6 Replies
    • September 3, 2010
    • 06:32 AM
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  • Hi,I also suffer from back of the head pain. I noticed that it comes more often when I feelstressed, also I noticed that my BP has increased lately. I control this pain with Mersyndol Forte and 5mg of Valium. Mersyndol Forte is a pain killer and Valium a muscle relaxant. You can also try a mild pain killer and Valium. See how you go. I don't believe in naturalmedicine, it hardly ever works and if it does it takes forever to act.I'm by no means a promoter of natural medicine. I say whatever works, take it. In this case though, I think i have fared much better taking some basic amino acid otc (which worked in 24 hours), which so far has completely eliminated the issue. I do believe stress played a major factor in the problem, but I feel the otc supplement treated the cause, where as you are treating the symptom with a pain killer. Our issues could be completely unrelated though, so again...whatever works
    Helpmedocs2 3 Replies
    • September 3, 2010
    • 01:35 PM
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  • hey erm it may be better now but i would still see a specialist about it. dont put your health over your aims in life its never worth the risk good luck :/
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2011
    • 02:15 AM
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  • I'm glad it helped! All I can do is say all of the possible causes that I assumed from myself.-I had recently started using a new workout machine which strengthened muscles in my back possibly raising blood circulation to my head- I had previously gone through a pill phase about a year before and maybe it took a delayed affect on my brain? Who knows- I started working again after not having a job for over a year plus jogging a lot probably putting stress into my system.I think the reason L-arginine works is because it clears ammonia from the system which is a biprpduct of both stress and adrenaline. The actual pain came from the extra amounts of adrenaline in the brain that ours for whatever reason couldn't handle. It's a problem that tends to happen to people around the ages is 20-25, and since we fixed it now, it may never happen again, but keep the pills and keep taking them daily for a few days to really rid yourself of the problem.Hi there,I'm so glad your pain went away!!! My sister is going through this right now and just watching her go through this is horrible. She is in so much pain, it is taking over her life. I just have a few questions for you, how long did you take this pill for? and how did you find out about it? and sorry last one how often did you take the pill? Thanks so much
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 20, 2011
    • 01:53 AM
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  • i have recently had this same problem. When it happens to me my face will get red and hot and my ears feel like they are on fire!! It feels so weird. Almost as if someone is squeezing the back of my brain and their is a nerve expised. I have noticed that my muscles have been twitching alot lately as well. I have recentelly quit taking pain pills and I noticed you have as well. I wonder if this has something to do with it. I am going to send my husband out to the store when he gets off to get me some of this recomended vitamin. Oh, and I also passed out last week too. I was courios to see if u had experienced any of these other symptoms that I have? Thank you for taking time to try and help others!!!
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