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Pressure in head and chest/ light headed

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  • Posted By: WalterMiner
  • January 29, 2008
  • 03:41 AM

I am a 57 yr old male and I have been suffering with light headedness and pressure in my head. I have a heart murmur but had an echo and did the stress test and the cardiologist said that it didn't look like the value needed to be replaced yet. I thought it might be a vascular problem and had a CAT scan and an angiogram of my head. They didn't find any blockage but I do have an anyuresum but it is small and will need fixing sometime but it isn't not what is giving me the problems. When I lay down I do get better but sometimes I feel like I am going to black out and my heart beats rapidly. I have some numbness in my finger tips. I also went to an ear, nose and throat doctor and he said I don't have vertigo. I have gone to so many doctors and had so many tests. This has been going on for almost 5 months. I am very fustrated. I talked to my cardio doctor today and she is going to schedule a cardio/angiogram. Does anyone have any ideas what is wrong with me?

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  • Thanks for the suggestions. I will ask the doctor.
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • January 29, 2008
    • 03:02 PM
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  • You aren't quite ready for a new valve yet? Maybe it's time to get a more proactive doc. Also, why do you think the aneurysm in your head is not causing your head problems? Also get your blood sugar checked for diabetes.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 30, 2008
    • 01:09 PM
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  • You aren't quite ready for a new valve yet? Maybe it's time to get a more proactive doc. Also, why do you think the aneurysm in your head is not causing your head problems?quote] I agree. Keep on at the doctors until they sort it out!
    Adam2953 28 Replies
    • February 2, 2008
    • 06:33 PM
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  • I now have had an angiogram of my heart and the doctors say that the value is mildly diseased and the arteries are clear. They say there is nothing wrong there that can be causing my symptoms. Where do I go now? I have had most of the big tests but no MRI/MRA. I try to pick up wood to put in my woodstove and I am too weak. When I bend over I feel like passing out. I get the pressure in the back of my head pretty much all the time and I get a headache that comes and goes. I asked the doctor about lyme disease and he said that we don't live where that is likely the case, but I left a request to my primary doctor about the chance of it being lyme disease. I am getting very fustrated and blue over all of this and will try anything to be back to how I felt 5 months ago. Help!!!!!
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • February 10, 2008
    • 07:04 PM
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  • I now have had an angiogram of my heart and the doctors say that the value is mildly diseased and the arteries are clear. They say there is nothing wrong there that can be causing my symptoms. Where do I go now? I have had most of the big tests but no MRI/MRA. I try to pick up wood to put in my woodstove and I am too weak. When I bend over I feel like passing out. I get the pressure in the back of my head pretty much all the time and I get a headache that comes and goes. I asked the doctor about lyme disease and he said that we don't live where that is likely the case, but I left a request to my primary doctor about the chance of it being lyme disease. I am getting very fustrated and blue over all of this and will try anything to be back to how I felt 5 months ago. Help!!!!! I am getting what feel to me to be pressure building in my head, I'm dizzy and light headed and it goes away some if I lay down and I take a vicodin but not good enough. The pressure comes when I sit up or stand up. I have had all kinds of blood work and everything turns out fine. My blood pressure is good. The monitored me laying, sitting and standing, no problem there. I am not able to pick up things of any weight. I went to the emergency room and they told me to follow up with a neurologist but I am having a hard time seeing one since the doctor's offices say the need a referral from my doctor plus the can't see me for 11 days. I am going nuts! Can anyone give me any suggestion???????
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 00:45 AM
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  • Like Adam asked- why do you think the aneurysm in your head is not causing your head problems?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2008
    • 02:03 PM
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  • Thank you for the replies from Adam and mkor4. I had 2 neuro surgeons say that the symptoms I have been suffering weren't related to the aneurysm. I talked to one of the neuro surgeon's secretary and the doctor is suppose to get back to me today. I do have a strange feeling where it is. I have decided that if I can't get any help, I am going to the emergency room tomorrow where the scans on my head are and insist that someone look at me. I have more hope with your responses. Thank you!
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • February 15, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • Thank you for the replies from Adam and mkor4. I had 2 neuro surgeons say that the symptoms I have been suffering weren't related to the aneurysm. I talked to one of the neuro surgeon's secretary and the doctor is suppose to get back to me today. I do have a strange feeling where it is. I have decided that if I can't get any help, I am going to the emergency room tomorrow where the scans on my head are and insist that someone look at me. I have more hope with your responses. Thank you! I went to the emergency room today and had a CT and spinal fluid taken and they didn't show any bleeding of the aneurysm. I taked to my neuro surgeon and he said that my headaches weren't from the aneurysm but we agreed that I should get it fixed. Is there any way the playing poker on the internet maybe getting me sick? A friend of mine knew someone that got simular symptoms and had to quit using the internet. Any replies would be appreciated.
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 06:27 AM
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  • Could it be some kind of pinched nerve in the back of the neck? From using a mouse too much? And the vicodin might be making your dizziness worse.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 00:40 PM
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  • Thank you for your response. Yes I might have a pinched nerve in my neck. I am going to get my neck scanned when I get the aneurysm fixed. It seems like if I hold my neck down it feels better. Maybe wishful thinking. I don't think the vicodin is making me dizzy because I am not taking that much of it.
    WalterMiner 8 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 06:06 PM
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  • I've been having pressure in my head...mostly in the back towards the base of my head, nausea, low energy, and an upset stomach (maybe from the nausea). I don't feel like moving much...just want to lay down to help with the nausea. Did you have any of this type of symptoms? I havn't gone to see a doctor yet.
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  • Wow! Sounds like my symptoms a lot. I went through a lot of test and doctors. I saw a vascular doctor and he had me have a CAT scan. That is where they found the anuersym in my head but I then had to see a neuro surgeon. They said that they thought I had an anuersym but I needed to have an angiogram. Dye put in a cathater in my leg and ran through my arteries up to my head. Doctors said that the anuersym probably wasn't causing my symptoms but I finally had the surgery after doctors couldn't find anything else wrong with me. I am 90% better and the doctor still doesn't think it was the anuersym. The doctor thinks my neck has some degeneration. I need to see a physical therapist. I did get some muscle relaxers from the doctors that seemed to help me. Good luck!!!
    WalterMiner 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Wow! Sounds like my symptoms a lot. I went through a lot of test and doctors. I saw a vascular doctor and he had me have a CAT scan. That is where they found the anuersym in my head but I then had to see a neuro surgeon. They said that they thought I had an anuersym but I needed to have an angiogram. Dye put in a cathater in my leg and ran through my arteries up to my head. Doctors said that the anuersym probably wasn't causing my symptoms but I finally had the surgery after doctors couldn't find anything else wrong with me. I am 90% better and the doctor still doesn't think it was the anuersym. The doctor thinks my neck has some degeneration. I need to see a physical therapist. I did get some muscle relaxers from the doctors that seemed to help me. Good luck!!! Walter e-mail debbyminer@charter.net
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  • WALTERMINER,Did you ever get an answer to your symptoms? I agree with blaze in that lyme is a high possibility. I was diagnosed with lyme recently (after 1 year of similar symptoms you are describing)I also had lightheadedness, pressure in my head, a heart murmur, fatigue, passed out a few times (and close calls where I felt like I might), rapid heart rate, feeling better when I lay down and drink water, dizzy & lightheaded, etc. I had multiple symptoms.You had said two things in your posts 1) The pressure comes when I sit up or stand up and 2.) When I bend over I feel like passing out. These two things also happened to me. Right before I was diagnosed with Lyme disease I was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrom). A similar problem is Neurocardiogenic Syncope. POTS can be caused by lyme disease (which is what happened to me). With these illnesses symptoms are brought on by changes in posture (bending over, sitting up, standing up) as you describe. Other things can aggravate it such as the heat, certain foods, dehydration, etc. You also described numbness in your fingertips - which can be caused by both lyme and POTS. My suggestion - would be to see a neurologist and describe the pressure in your head, headaches, and numbness in your finger tips, etc.Also - to see a lyme literate doctor (NOT your general doctor for lyme disease). Most MDs are not lyme literate, and will not do the correct testing. They will need to send the tests to the IGENEX LAB. http://igenex.com/Website/Go to this website to find a lyme literate doctor in your area:www.lymediseaseassociation.orgHope this helps!! Let us know what happens.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2008
    • 01:48 PM
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  • I went to the emergency room today and had a CT and spinal fluid taken and they didn't show any bleeding of the aneurysm. I taked to my neuro surgeon and he said that my headaches weren't from the aneurysm but we agreed that I should get it fixed. Is there any way the playing poker on the internet maybe getting me sick? A friend of mine knew someone that got simular symptoms and had to quit using the internet. Any replies would be appreciated. Hey, Walter. Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. It definately sounds either neurological, or maybe cardiovascular. Yes, cardiovascular. Neurological, perhaps due to a pinched nerve somewhere(spine, brain stem,etc.), any of your 12 cranial nerves could be afflicted somehow. I know you're seeing a Neuro surgeon, but have you been seen by a Neurologist? Also, an infection(abscess), cyst or increase in spinal/brain fluid would definately do it. They may affect your ICP, and pinch a nerve that way. Now, I say cardiovascular because there are new studies that show a strong connection between heart health and brain/head health. You mentioned a murmur. Such holes in the heart can cause serious head afffliction. When was the last time the size of the murmur was measured?I've recently learned of one patient's afflictons-an opened hole between the left and right atrium was growing in size, and causing severe headaches. The solution? Performing surgery to close the hole. The head/brain symptoms were almost instantly gone. Get different professional opinions. Do your own research, and be your own advocate. Nobody knows your body/symptoms better than you. Good luck.
    Concerned777 8 Replies
    • October 2, 2008
    • 03:18 PM
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