Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

Pressure in head

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 1 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 21, 2008
  • 08:20 PM

I've got something going on with my head that is really worrying me. When I lie down at night I slowly get a buildup of pressure in my head. It gets so bad I've actually passed out from it a couple of times. If feels like there is liquid building up in pockets in my head and then all of a sudden it feels like this liquid is squelching out and the pressure fades somewhat. Sitting up makes things a little better, but once the pressure it there it's usually doesn't completely clear for 24 hours or so. It doesn't happen every night and I can't see a pattern of what might bring it on.

I had this for the first time about 12 months ago. I thought it was related to smoking (I was smoking 2-3 cigarettes a day) and drinking coffee as both of these seemed to bring this on. I've subsequently quit smoking and coffee but I still have these symptoms.

I went to my GP who referred me to a bunch of specialists. I had X-rays, CAT scans, EEG, I wore a holter monitor, basically they did all the standard tests on my head and my heart and they all came back fine. I've spent a lot of money trying to get to the bottom of this but I still have no idea what's going on.

Over the last week the symptoms have been even worse. There was one point where I felt I was going to pass out and then my left arm got pins and needles. That really scared me as I know it's related to stroke and heart attack.

Other symptoms include:

Stiff, creaky heck
indigestion

I'm 28, very fit, and until this started I was had had no significant health problems. I'm really worried about this as it feels like something in by head is going to burst. Has anyone got any ideas what it might be?

Reply Flag this Discussion

1 Replies:

  • Have you tried taking a decongestant before going to bed?It honestly sounds like allergy symptoms - worsened by laying flat (upright, most of the drainage actually drains away)Try a decongestant for about a week and see if that helps - Musinex D is a good option
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.