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Pressure in head / Stomach problems / Heart palpitations

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 11, 2008
  • 10:44 PM

Hi I'm a 25 year old male, and I've noticed some serious health decline in the past month and a half. Originally I had severe pain in my upper right quadrant which food or smoking would aggravate. Eventually I started to get an accelerated heart rate and feeling faint after eating fatty meals or smoking. Since then I've cut both things out of my life and noticed a large decline in these incidents. However, lately I have a lot of pressure in my head (right side), with slightly blurred vision in my right eye. My right pupil is slight larger than my left. I also noticed a bone hard lump on upper back right part of my skull, which doesn't seem to be growing, but if pressed on I notice a slight increase in pressure around my eye.

It's hard to explain all of my symptoms, but I have a feeling they are related to each other somehow. My family thinks I'm imagining it, and the doctor thinks the heart palpitations were anxiety related and that my head pressure is sinuses.

I don't notice any sinus congestion or feel the typical head cold symptoms. I have a bad feeling it is a tumor or something along those lines. Everything just seems to coincidental to be separate issues. I do notice that my palpitations only arise when I have bad abdominal pain or some sort of "jump" in my stomach.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Should I get a second opinion from another doctor? I'm desperate for answers as all my blood tests and EKG have come up normal. I feel as though my life won't last much longer!!

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  • When I was about 18 (I'm now 28) I had some weird vision problems, dizziness and headaches. What was really strange to me about the vision problems was that they weren't about whether I could see or not with my right eye, it was that I sometimes couldn't see the entire right side (I think it was always the right side; never the left), so the problems were clearly behind the optic chiasm. It would start as a small black spot, then grow bigger to almost the entire hemisphere. After that, I'd have a terrible headache.When the dizziness was added to that, my PCP referred me to a neurologist, who said it might be a brain tumor. Both an EEG and a CT scan looked completely normal.I'm happy to say that I'm obviously still alive, although I sometimes wonder what was going on with me then. But if you or your doctor suspect you might have a brain tumor, you have my sympathy. Thinking that my enemy was inside my own head was terrifying.But don't give up hope.
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  • hey I read your problems list and just want to ask this? Do you dwell on the symptoms a lot and feel uneasy and make yourself jittery a lot? Reason I ask is that like a million other people I have sat on the computer for hours thinking I have had a million medical problems only to realize that I have anxiety. I feel bad if you read these other replies and got worried about your symptoms more cause its just likely that your suffering from anxiety. I still get the odd head sensations and whatnot. I also have had the feeling like someone took a bat to my head and I was dizzle feeling like that for a couple seconds. Its the most crazy feeling and so uncomfortable and scary as ***l when its happening but seriously ask yourself this. Are you or have you been a healthy person? Have you been to the dr to get checked just in case? If you have been healthy and checked out by the dr and these things are still happening then ya its prolly anxiety which has about a million different symptoms for people. Theres a reason why drs tell so many people you have anxiety, because a lot of people do. I am still working with mine and have issues with it, but basically what you need to realize and stuff is that once you start reading these forums and being affraid that something is wrong, you start a snow ball effect and you accidently can make it worse. Like I said, if you have been checked out and all was clear. Believe it and read up on anxiety and i bet you have had a lot of those symptoms as well. Then read about how theres nothing wrong with you other than your fear aka anxiety over reacting and I can almost assure you you will almost immediately feel better. Altho might take some time for it all to go away completely. If you notice your sitting there dwelling/focusing on the odd feeling your having its just making it worse and worse by accident. Anyways, just read up on anxiety and whatnot and you will see what your having is caused by that and most of all DONT WORRY YOUR NOT DYING.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2008
    • 08:47 AM
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  • Kriz, I have the EXACT same symptoms (right eye pressure and decreased vision, dizziness and mild nausea), and a hard lump, but beyond my left ear. Most of these symptoms ARE due to stress, but increased head pressure (no pains or tinnutus though) makes me worried. I will definitely try to force my GP and neurologist to send me to a CAT and MRI scans. Have a blood test, very common cause to this kind of trouble is magnesium deficiency.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 06:41 PM
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  • Upper right quadrant pain...have they run a hida scan to check your gallbladder function? Also may be helpful to run LFT (Liver Function Tests). Especially since your pain is usually after fatty meals...Always trust your gut (no pun intended). You're probably not dying, but don't let people tell you that just because you're 25, that it's all in your head...
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  • You should get your gall bladder checked. could be a problem with that. sounds like all the symptomsHi I'm a 25 year old male, and I've noticed some serious health decline in the past month and a half. Originally I had severe pain in my upper right quadrant which food or smoking would aggravate. Eventually I started to get an accelerated heart rate and feeling faint after eating fatty meals or smoking. Since then I've cut both things out of my life and noticed a large decline in these incidents. However, lately I have a lot of pressure in my head (right side), with slightly blurred vision in my right eye. My right pupil is slight larger than my left. I also noticed a bone hard lump on upper back right part of my skull, which doesn't seem to be growing, but if pressed on I notice a slight increase in pressure around my eye.It's hard to explain all of my symptoms, but I have a feeling they are related to each other somehow. My family thinks I'm imagining it, and the doctor thinks the heart palpitations were anxiety related and that my head pressure is sinuses. I don't notice any sinus congestion or feel the typical head cold symptoms. I have a bad feeling it is a tumor or something along those lines. Everything just seems to coincidental to be separate issues. I do notice that my palpitations only arise when I have bad abdominal pain or some sort of "jump" in my stomach.Does this sound familiar to anyone? Should I get a second opinion from another doctor? I'm desperate for answers as all my blood tests and EKG have come up normal. I feel as though my life won't last much longer!!
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  • You should get your gall bladder checked. could be a problem with that. sounds like all the symptomsGeneralized Anxiety if you've been checked by a doc. All these med help websites are filled chock full of hypochondriacs diagnosing other hypochondriacs. It's gotta stop.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2010
    • 11:29 PM
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  • You should get your gall bladder checked. could be a problem with that. sounds like all the symptomshey my name is jenny. Im 25 years old. 2 days ago i got really bad dizzyness and i lost my ballance. Iv been experiancing heart palpatations lately. im stressed out at the mo busy with a 4 month old baby and a 4 year old boy and its hard work, I went and got my bloods done they came back fine, my iron is ok and my liver and kidney functions are fine, i cant help to think that there is sonething wrong with me even tho they said i had vertigo, im worried and confussed so your not alone! what do you think could be up with me? can any one give me some advice please?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 17, 2010
    • 10:57 PM
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  • I TOTALLY FEEL YOU BRO!Revelations On Life and SicknessThanks for your words... they seemed to alleviate some of my own anxiety. Sometimes I get all worked up over the smallest things. Academically I know that these 'symptoms' are 'normal'. In other words, that they are a common phenomena amongst a good portion of the population. However I still can't seem to completely let go of this anxiety and I believe I now know why. Not that changing it will be easy, though it IS within our control. I truly believe that these are signs, which our body is telling us that something we are doing is not beneficial, or perhaps harmful, even. We who get these 'things' appear to be more tuned in to our body than others (which is not necessarily a good thing). The key, I believe, lies in our understanding of what the underlying behavior, habit, or thought is that triggers these feelings of anxiety. Remember folks, and I'm NOT trying to scare you but, stress can kill. Let me offer my experience which will hopefully shed some light on this dark topic which others in our lives are getting sick of hearing about... When I was younger, I got Lyme's Disease, it was pretty bad, vomiting, diarrhea, nasty head and body aches, etc... I have been 'diagnosed' with Epstein Barr Virus, Mono (twice), acid reflux, and a strong allergy to dust, not to mention that I am a smoker for 10 years or more including the good stuff from time to time, AND I have been sick with this or that (Strep, Tonsillitis, Respiratory Infections Etc. Etc.) more times than I care to remember. On top of all of that, I have ADHD and moderate to severe tendencies to be impulsive, sometimes to dangerous levels (a behavior commonly associated with ADHD). For example, sex without a condom (just dumb, there's no other explanation really, I know that!). Other actual physical condition I have includes chronic pain associated with extremely flat feet, a bad neck (cervical vertebrae not curved back in the right way), and a wrist which I broke and never allowed to heal properly (mainly cuz I took of the cast early)... DDDDUMB! OK, now... After knowing all that about me, why do I wonder where these feelings of anxiety come from. They are real. They are awful. But many of them are easy to resolve with just some minor, some major changes to my habits. For example, I don't eat right (meaning 4 well balanced meals a day at regular intervals, staying away from foods which promote overproducing acid), I don't sleep right (never asleep before 1:30, usually after 3am!, getting on average 5-6.5 hours a night), and I don't exercise regularly. These three things alone would alleviate most, if not all of the symptoms outright. I know that! Why is it so ***n hard to do it though? I know the consequences of my actions, yet I can't seem to control my behavior. Why can't I think, before hand, about the consequences, both physical and emotional of having sex unprotected? O no! Do I have an STD? I hope it's not HIV, o good it's not... but what if it's... STOP. Change the behavior that is the source of this anxiety and it, along with your 'symptoms' will (should) disappear. Do you feel the same? Do you start, enact these changes for a few days, a few weeks, even a few months and then quit? Cuz I surely do! So darn frustrating! In fact, I've 'tried' to quit smoking more times than I have hair on my head. ;- pFurthermore, we humans have to start understanding our own bodies better. We have to start understanding and being accountable for the actions AND thoughts we allow our minds to parse. Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion can best explain this idea. 'For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.' By understanding this principal and accepted physical LAW, you now have the keys to changing the behavior, attitude and/or habits that are causing you stress. REMEMBER: THESE SOURCES OF STRESS ARE IN YOUR CONTROL. Building better habits is an ongoing process that never ends. Quitting smoking doesn't happen because you made the decision to, it happens because you continually make the decision to value your life and body over the addiction to oral stimulation, or your fascination with smoke or looking cool; not once, but every time a cigarette enters your space/mind. Honestly, I believe that examining your subconscious mind through peaceful meditation and quiet contemplation, always looking inward by observing your breath, not controlling but observing it in silence on a daily basis is a wonderful and widely accepted way to find out what the sources of stress in your life are. Doing so will allow you the chance to forge new patterns and behaviors by structuring your life and building better habits which work for you. This will not only alleviate the pressure which IS building up in your mind, but will also allow you to connect better with others AND become more effective and productive over the long-term. This I promise you. And by you, I mean me. HEHE!See, we are all connected; emotionally, physically (on several scales (on a cellular level as well as by simply being in the same space at the same time)) and spiritually (as in all of us being a part of 'GOD', whatever your interpretation of that may be) so, what you then must realize is, everyone affects everyone else. Of course, there are ways to mitigate these affects in order to bias them in your favor, such as, cutting-loose those people in your life that cause you undue and unnecessary physical, mental, psychological or emotional stress and suffering. Not just people, but things and behaviors, habits and rituals, both the ones you are currently conscious about and those, which you will discover during your quest for enlightenment.After having said all this, please don't think I have all the answers, I don't and I know I don't, but that doesn't mean these thoughts coursing through my brain, nerves, fingers, this keyboard, the fiber-optics connecting us aren't truth. Information exists without our existence, this is why I believe the universe is infinite, and is the most beautiful thing about life. Humans being the 'highest' form of life locally (relatively) which we know of, so far, have a broadband antennae in between our ears called a brain. We're connected to the universe through our senses. And our bodies that we have been blessed with allow us to feel/smell/hear/see/touch and think about the universe and ourselves. This is a most precious gift, and for me, all the evidence I need to believe in God, which I understand as the great 'Connectome' (matter/energy and the connection betwixt the two). We literally ARE one.Understanding this sort of makes jealousy, hate, violence and all other selfish pursuits utterly insignificant and even more so, futile. You see, we are HERE, right now, to connect. That is life's purpose on earth; to connect with our selves, our peers, our families, the earth and everything in between in order to understand and experience empathy and oneness (singularity). I mean, if this weren't true then why are the cells in my body connected and staying that way? Why is technology evolving in such a way as to promote and encourage social connection? (eg. Facebook.) And what, o please someone tell me what gravity is??? Light, matter, energy, the four forces of nature, to me, represents what I have come to understand as God. I've yet to come across any better explanation. Sir Isaac Newton himself wrote, "… every massive particle in the universe attracts every other massive particle with a force which is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them." Meaning everything affects everything else. Meaning that what you do, say and think OBVIOUSLY affects how you feel. Those symptoms we are feeling are real and fortunately have been built into an intelligent system design as a warning to us that we are doing something wrong. The difficulty is in recognizing what those behaviors, thoughts and habits are that cause such overwhelming feelings of dread and confusion. It is especially difficult in these exponential times of growth and change, when our bodies are struggling to keep up with the rate at which society transforms and the universe expands. We too, our minds and bodies, our cells must divide and adapt into something more suited to the rigors of life in a massive 'Big Bang'. Evolution has never stopped, not really sure why we were ever under the assumption that it had. In fact, there is A LOT of evidence to suggest that it is speeding up geometrically.Trust yourself and love others. You and I are the same.Technology shakes up our idea of time, as there is no such thing as time in a closed loop circuit. The theory of life will evolve to accept technology and other things we use to survive as integral pieces of life, inseparable and therefore one and the same.Life is order from chaos and is meant to be cherished and cultivated.Heaven and health do exist; they are a state of mind.The human mind will integrate itself and technology will allow this if we let it. This is precisely the reason the Internet exists, it is a step toward a true connection. Social media is evidence of this. Governments will become outdated in time as we all become telepathic.Children are, quite obviously, the future. (MJ got this one right!)Connections are what we live and die for.Death truly is a new beginning and is an integral part of life. They are one in the same. It is an essential characteristic of life... or is it???What if a universe is, whatever that is understandable by life within it, and once life understands what's beyond it, a paradigm shift occurs and another 'Big Bang' occurs. Only, it's not a big bang, nothing ever actually changed. Just our perception does. What if singularity brings about the destruction of a universe and the beginning of a new one?What if?Most Genuinely Yours on Christmas Day,J. O.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 26, 2010
    • 09:12 AM
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  • It sounds like you might be having migrians although the does not explain the lump on you head I think it would be best to consult with a neurologist.
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  • Hi I'm a 25 year old male, and I've noticed some serious health decline in the past month and a half. Originally I had severe pain in my upper right quadrant which food or smoking would aggravate. Eventually I started to get an accelerated heart rate and feeling faint after eating fatty meals or smoking. Since then I've cut both things out of my life and noticed a large decline in these incidents. However, lately I have a lot of pressure in my head (right side), with slightly blurred vision in my right eye. My right pupil is slight larger than my left. I also noticed a bone hard lump on upper back right part of my skull, which doesn't seem to be growing, but if pressed on I notice a slight increase in pressure around my eye. It's hard to explain all of my symptoms, but I have a feeling they are related to each other somehow. My family thinks I'm imagining it, and the doctor thinks the heart palpitations were anxiety related and that my head pressure is sinuses. I don't notice any sinus congestion or feel the typical head cold symptoms. I have a bad feeling it is a tumor or something along those lines. Everything just seems to coincidental to be separate issues. I do notice that my palpitations only arise when I have bad abdominal pain or some sort of "jump" in my stomach. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Should I get a second opinion from another doctor? I'm desperate for answers as all my blood tests and EKG have come up normal. I feel as though my life won't last much longer!! Kris same here with that feeling in your head,and all the same symptoms but i get like a hot rush from head to toe,and start having anxiety attacks,my doctors keep sending me to a headache and migraine clinic,but its neither of these,i do and have suffered with migraines and its nothing like that at all.Just a weird pressure feeling in my right hand side of my head I have had a ct scan and they didnt find owt so just fobbed me off,i also have the same problem family members not understanding where im coming from.
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  • OMG I literally am the same way. Ever get a dx???
    Anonymous 1 Replies
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