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Thu, May. 29th, 2008, 12:34 am
quitemercurial: Head...pinches?

Does anyone know how a pinched nerve on the head feels? Or the variations of headaches (particular migraines)? I'm having these strange head pain sensations, and they're...bothering me because I think I've might've felt them once before but can't entirely recall. I keep scaring myself, thinking it's a damn brain tumor, when it...may not be. (I also recently thought my right eye was dilating/not matching my left eye, so come Saturday I'm going to make an eye appointment.)

What I'm feeling are...tiny areas of pain. They're probably the size of Sharpie points, and they're on a few different, spaced out areas on my right side. I was thinking I had a tumor or something on my right side, especially when last night, a big chunk of the right side of my head (from my right temple to my right ear) hurt when I was washing my hair. It seems to have gone away for the most part, but I'm still experiencing those pinpoints of pain. Occasionally I get smaller, duller aches near my ears. I'm really hoping this is just some kind of messed up migraine and nothing else. D:

I've felt like the right side of my smile doesn't go up as high as my left, but that...isn't enough to signal a brain tumor, is it? I don't seem to have noticeable loss of any motor movements, and I haven't had a seizure...My vision itself also seems normal. I don't think my headaches have gotten much worse...or more often. I don't think I can feel any protrusions. My memory seems to be unaffected for the most part...

I'm probably worrying for nothing. But, honestly, I feel like I run around in circles with myself. Other people have a greater chance of talking me out of my problems, and I have even succeeded in convincing others that they're not in dire need of the E.R. and yet I cannot seem to help myself. I sorely wish I could afford therapy somehow. It isn't that I have missed work or college or whatever for all my worries, but I could use less stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.

ETA: Great. I feel like my right arm is disembodied, or that I'm losing feeling in it. SFLkajsfjl;sd.

Thu, May. 29th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
wife_and_mom

The sensations you're describing could be a number of things, from stressing yourself out, paranoia making you notice all the small things making them seem bigger or a pinched nerve in your neck/arm area if you have done anything to possibly injure yourself, carpal tunnel syndrome, or just your muscles being tensed or strained. A brain tumor would cause symptoms much worse than those, I believe but I'm no expert.

Also, allergies cause me to get weird eye twinges, headaches on one side and my vision to sometimes get blurry. Like I said, there's lots of things to cause symptoms of different things so there's a very high possibility it's just something harmless.

I know if I have a fear of a certain thing (such as cancer) I will focus on it to the point I start feeling things and think to myself "has that always been there?" or "I've never felt that before that I can remember" and once I relax about it the feelings and sensations I have go away because I'm not thinking about it as much so I'm not causing myself to look for every little thing.

A trip to the doctor for a check up would be good if you're that worried. :)

Edited at 2008-05-29 05:27 am (UTC)

Sat, May. 31st, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
quitemercurial

It's still around. :[ It's been here for about four or five days now, and I wish it'd just stop. Ugh.

Sat, May. 31st, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
wife_and_mom

Well, a trip to the doctor couldn't hurt. Even if there isn't anything wrong at least your mind will be at ease. Do you have insurance? If not, you could always go to a free clinic or consult with the Medicaid office (not sure what it's called there) about assistance on going to the doctor when you're uninsured or just simply go to the ER so you can pay on a sliding scale.

There's also Care Credit you could apply for.

*Internet Hugs* I hope you feel better soon.

Sat, May. 31st, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
quitemercurial

I wish I had insurance. I was looking into Medicaid, but it's basically impossible to get in this state unless you're a pregnant, single mother.

The ER is another possibility, though I hear they're a lot more expensive. I've heard of them "writing off" bills, lowering them, and using payment plans, though I don't know how it'd work for me since I live at home and am taken care of by my parents. I also have a job. But, that doesn't mean I can afford health care often.

My dad has that, and I'd apply, but I have almost zero credit history. I currently am stuck using a student credit card for at least a year or so, until I can apply for "normal" credit cards.

There is a free clinic somewhat near here, though they are only open two days. I can try going Wednesday if it's still around, since that's a day I don't work...It feels so far away, though.

Fri, May. 30th, 2008 08:39 am (UTC)
bleedingcherub

I thought one of my eyes wasn't matching my other one, too-- and stressed myself out so much that my vision got weird, so I had "confirmation."

I think if you have a brain tumor you most likely have symptoms other than headaches-- and the losing feeling in your arm thing is most likely stress; it happens to me all the time.

"A steady headache that is worse in the morning than the afternoon, a persistent headache that is associated with nausea or vomiting, or a headache accompanied by double vision, weakness, or numbness all suggest a possible tumor."

http://www.tbts.org/itemDetail.asp?categoryID=378&itemID=16447

I think if it were a sharp pain it would mention that, and it says they're worse in the morning, not at night.

Sat, May. 31st, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
quitemercurial

Not a bad point...

I haven't had too severe a pain, though I've had a couple of times where, at those little points I've mentioned, there have been random, somewhat sharp pains...but they're not as bad as the pain I've experienced from full-out migraines. They bug me, and I wish they'd just leave. Taking painkillers only does a little bit. Maybe I need more sleep.

Mon, Aug. 11th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

I have the same thing!!!

Thu, Aug. 21st, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): ME TOO!

omg i have those too!

its like a sharp pinch that comes and goes
and i've had it for a couple of days.

if i pull my hair on accident it happens

ughh its sucks :[