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Funny Head Feeling

Discussion in 'Head & Neck Problems' started by Dickybran, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. Dickybran

    Dickybran New Member

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    Hi, I'm new to this site.

    For a number of years I've been suffering with what I describe as a "funny head". At it's worse my head would feel crap, making me lethargic and a bit sleepy, but not quite the same, it's hard to describe. It would usually happen when I went to lunch or made my way home after work. Sometimes, but not for quite a while I would also get a dizzy feeling for a split second. With my job I am sat down at my computer most of the day, so I wondered if it was my body reacting to not doing anything and then suddenly having to exert energy. But it could also be that I'm finally getting away from my screen after not having much of a break. Even when I'm not working I'm usually surfing the internet, so probably don't have enough breaks from the screen.

    I am 38 and have always been fairly fit, playing football and cycling for most of my life. There has been times when my head has been bad, but after football I have felt great, it's almost like releasing endorphins clears my head. But strangely after cycling my head feels worse. For the most part I can mainly remember this happening when it was cold or raining, which would make sense as my sinuses would get clogged up, but I am sure it has happened when the weather has been fine.

    I've partied hard in the past, but calmed down a lot over the last 4 years, but I still probably drink a bit more than the governments recommended guidelines. I also smoke low tar cigarettes, but only in the evenings or when I am drinking, so 5 a day and probably 30 at the weekend. At it's worse I would get it at about 4 days a week. I have wondered if it's nicotine withdrawal, as my smoking rate will go up a lot Friday and Saturday, then Sunday I very rarely smoke at all, but I usually don't get the funny head until at least Tuesday, sometimes Wednesday or Thursday.

    About 3 months ago I went to the doctors and together we worked out I had chronic sinusitis, so have been using a nasal spray, which has really helped. The only thing was that when I was diagnosed with this I still had a feeling there was something else, and now the sinusitis seems to have almost gone I am still left with this funny head feeling. It's not as often now, so it would make sense that they are connected, but what's strange is the odd time I get it I will sense it as soon as I wake up, when the night before I was fine.

    I've never been a morning person, always struggling to wake up and being generally quiet and lethargic, but I have only had this head feeling for the past 5 years or so. I've had hereditary high blood pressure for a number of years and am about to start taking medication for it. My girlfriend thinks once the tablets start working I might feel better in the mornings, but I seriously doubt the head feeling will go away as I don't think they are connected.

    Since using the nasal spray my head is 90% better and I'm perfectly happy with that, but I am still getting the funny head feeling on occasions and would really like to know what's causing it.

    Thank you in advance. Sorry I cannot describe the 'funny head' sensation more clearly. It's just a very weird feeling, almost like there's a hole in the middle of my head, or it could just be tension related.

    Rich

    P.S. I know I need to give up smoking, I just don't have the will-power, but will keep trying.
     
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  2. AlisonM

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    Hi Rich,

    I had a funny head from 1994 until sometime around 2007. Woke up with it, went to bed with it. I don't know if it's similar to your funny head - I couldn't think straight, lost the ability to think laterally and it was as if I was in a tunnel. I was also thirsty all the time and drinking water wouldn't relieve the thirst. It was always worse after exercise. The doctor just said tension headache - but it wasn't.

    Any similarities?

    An online search a couple of years ago revealed a condition called 'dysautonomia', when your autonomic nervous system loses its abiliy to regulate itself.

    Alison
     
  3. Dickybran

    Dickybran New Member

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    Hi Alison,

    I'm not sure if it's the same thing. I don't get the thirsty thing, and like I said some exerise really helped. After writing my first part I really started thinking it could be to do with spending to long in front of the screen, so I guess a tension headache. Like I say I've not had it for a while, but last night I spent a long time at my computer when I got home from work. I'm going to spend less time staring at the screen and see if that helps.

    Do you think anything in your lifestyle changed that made it go away?
     
  4. Zimba

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    Hello Rich and warm welcome to HP!

    Reading through your post I honestly think that you have the answers to your question on how you could alleviate your condition.
    Perhaps relaxing Head Massage treatments could help in addition to some life style changes... just a thought.
    Hope you feel better soon.

    Love & Light
     
  5. AlisonM

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    I thought it was worth mentioning - as the dizziness fits with dysautonomia too.

    All it really means is that your body can't balance itself.

    I don't think that my head got better with any specific lifestyle change - if you can imagine, over 13plus years I tried so many things. I was super fit and healthy when it all started - running an easy 6 miles three times a week, growing my own veg, living by the sea etc. It got better gradually, but only after 12 years or so.

    Alison
     
  6. Dickybran

    Dickybran New Member

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    Ok. The dizziness wasn't a regular thing, and when it did happen it was only for a split second. I've not had it in quite a while so I'm not worried about that aspect.

    Well I'm glad you are feeling better now. Right I better get away from this screen and give my head a rest.

    Thanks again!
     
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    research trigger point pain patterns for the following muscles, all affected by poor posture and sedentary lifestyle
    1, sternocliedomastoid
    2 levator scapula
    3 trapezius
     
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    Dickybran New Member

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    Hi biggazfromlincoln, thanks I will look into it. I know my posture isn't ideal, and I do suffer with reoccurring lower back problems, and also have tense neck and upper back muscles.

    Today my head is worse. One thing I have noticed is both days this week I have woken suddenly from a deep sleep when my alarm went off. There is sleep apnea, but I don't think it is this because I sleep right through, with sleep apnea it says you are waking up a lot through the night.

    Another thing I am looking into is high blood pressure, but am also not sure if that's the answer. I am going to see my doctor Saturday, so hopefully he can help.

    Thanks again.
     

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