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Please help!!! I'm freaking out!!!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 8, 2007
  • 03:49 PM

I have had a headache almost every day for the last two months. it feels like a lot of pressure in my forehead mainly over the right supraorbital foramen. My head feels like it will explode when I bend over far and when I laugh hard. I just had a CT scan which came out negative. When I'm not bending or laughing, I just feel a pressure or tightness in my forehead. I want to find out what is causing this soon because I want to get pregnant soon. I have been pretty stressed out and prior to getting these headaches, I had done some painting also. I just wouldn't expect paint to cause headaches for this long. I take no medications on a regular basis, drink plenty of water, and am only somewhat overweight (30 lbs.). We did lose a baby last year, so I wondered if depression could be contributing, but with the bending and laughing, I thought it might be more of a physical cause. I have also been pretty stressed out lately. The first day I noticed the headaches was on vacation (it was the first time we had flown on an airplane in seven years.) I only got two hours of sleep the night before because I was so stressed out. My BP has been great (testing in the morning with little stress.) But I have also wondered how out of sync a person's blood pressure has to be in order to cause headaches. The other day, I had it checked, and it was 122/82 with a slight headache. Normal for me is 112/68.
One thing I have wondered about is rabies. I was bitten by an unknown cat two years ago, and got the first two post-exposure vaccinations plus the immunoglobulin around the wound site. Well, we captured what we thought was the cat, but later found out that there were two cats who looked alike in the area. So I'm not sure if that other cat had rabies or not. I stopped the vaccinations because they told me that the captured cat was fine. Now I'm totally freaked out, have anxiety over this situation. I am wondering though, if a person has rabies, meningitis, or encephalitis, would the headache be present upon waking? THis is very important, because my headache symptoms do not start until I have been awake for an hour or two.
My temp has been running from 97.5 to 99.8. So with all that being said, I wonder exactly what a rabies headach feels like, and I wonder if it has taken so long to surface due to the partial vaccination.

I have an appointment with a neurologist on Monday, but I don't know if my sanity can hold out....someone please give me some peace of mind.

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  • So what did the neurologist say? Sorry no one answered you. It must have been a day with lots of postings.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 00:18 PM
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  • Neurologist said it is probably tension/migrains. I'm not very convinced yet. I just don't see how muscle tension could cause so much pressure in my head. I have wondered if there is something wrong with a disc in my neck too. My neck doesn't hurt, but I have read that you can get some of these pressure symptoms with a cevical disc problem. I did move some furniture the day before these headaches started, but like I said, my neck doesn't hurt. I do feel like I have been popping it more though. Any input anyone?????I have an eye appt on Thursday to see if it has anything to do with my eyes. In the meantime, the neurologist has rx'd physical therapy on my neck and shoulders for tension. I'm not convinced.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 07:50 PM
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  • Possibilities:Sleep apnea; especially if the headache is there upon awakening. Can cause hypertension (high blood pressure).Hypothyroidism; can cause headaches, sleep apnea, hypertension and many more symptoms such as fatigue, etc.Narrow-Angle Glaucoma; A supraorbital headache is one of the signs. The headache might be all over your head but then settle in the area over you eye. Sometimes you can have hypertension with it.I was told when I had this type of headache that I had Atypical Migraine. I nearly lost my eye sight because it turned out to be Narrow-Angle Glaucoma Attacks. Boy was I mad for being poo-pooed for my symptoms. I was essentially given a "band-aid" diagnosis by a well-known ED doctor.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 01:18 AM
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  • Hi!Try looking into: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intracranial_pressure and I also want to mention that I started taking St. John's wort (herb) back 5 month ago, to improve mood (which I didn't need to) and after sometime I developed almost the same symptoms, not as severe as yours, so I stopped. St John's wort is suppose to mess with chemicals and hormones, such as serotonin in your head. Also, not to long ago, I was perscribed muscle relaxants, which were in fact, antidepressants, my PCP said to ignore the label because I dont need antidepressant, but they will relax me. It was called Trazodone, and I got the SAME side effects as you, pressure inside my head. I looked up Trazadone later, and found out it affects serotonin and other stuff in the brain, so that said, what I think is you might have hormonal imbalance? Maybe.. just a suggestion. But very good luck to you. Hope you get well soon.
    Peace7 2 Replies
    • September 19, 2007
    • 05:49 AM
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