For the last 9 months I have had an intense pressure inside my head. It feels like my brain has expanded. I do not feel pain, but it is very uncomfortable. The pressure builds up when I reach or bend or try to think and I often hear my heart pounding in my head. I am in a brain fog and my cognitive abilities (concentration, memory, etc) have deteriated drastically. I am irritable and unable to function and can no longer work.
I'm not sure if this is related to the head pressure but when I raise my arms over my head, my face turns purple and the pressure buildup is so intense I feel like I may pass out. I've had ultrasounds on my cartoid arteries and they were normal.
I'm also constantly sleepy and have been diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia (I'm not sure if this is related to the head pressure or not).
I've had a Cat scan on my head and the results were normal. My doctors have offered no explanations. Has anyone out there experienced similar symptoms?? Any suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I am an obese 57 year old female.