Hi, i'm trying to find some info on a problem my mom is having. She has been to doctors and they dont ever have an answer for her. Im very worried about her! She has a big dent top of her head near her hair line. It feels like her skull is separating and making a soft spot. She's had it for about 6 months I think and it seems to be getting worse. About last week she told me she is experiencing nausiea and sinus pain. I dont know what to think and I need some answers. Shes 57 years old and has never had any skull trauma. Can someone please help my mom?? Please email or call 801-949-9461
Second is the first info on what it might be. I do hope it helps all.
Young and middle-aged adults
Common signs and symptoms in this age group include:
*Difficulty in remaining awake or waking up
*Loss of coordination or balance
*Loss of bladder control or a frequent urge to urinate
*Decline in memory, concentration and other thinking skills that may affect job performance
Among adults 60 years of age and older, the more common signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus are:
*Loss of bladder control or a frequent urge to urinate
*Progressive loss of other thinking or reasoning skills
*Difficulty walking, often described as a shuffling gait or the feeling of the feet being stuck
*Poor coordination or balance
*Slower than normal movements in general
Six years ago Betty Boardman was successfully treated for normal pressure hydrocephalus.
It scares Betty Boardman to think what life would be like now if she hadn't found doctors in Chicago who spotted a brain disease that interfered with her sense of balance and forced her to use a walker.
The condition, known as normal pressure hydrocephalus, could have led to dementia, urinary incontinence and full-time dependence on a wheelchair.
"I was guided by the Lord," said Boardman, 84, a Springfield, Ill., resident who underwent surgery in Chicago in 1997 and found the results to be miraculous and almost immediate. A shunt that was inserted into her brain relieved symptoms of NPH and allowed her to walk without assistance only two days later.
NPH occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the cavities within the brain, but it often goes undiagnosed. It can cause symptoms similar to those caused by Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Even when surgeons suspect the disease, they have been hesitant to conduct the routine operation to treat it, said NPH researcher Anthony Marmarou, vice chairman of the neurosurgery division at Virginia Commonwealth University.
My cousin asked me to find out if anyone has had any luck in finding out anything about this matter of a skull dent. I called the number in the area code 801 post but have not had a response yet. She asked me to check for her because she is very nervous and wants me to filter the information for her in case it is something serious.
Her dent is about 2 inches long and extends directly back from the middle of her hairline. She has had negative cat scan and xrays so far.
Additionally there has been a symptom of an infrequent but uncomfortable small electric shock like or tingling feeling in the area.
If anyone has any information on this please contact me.
looking for information on this as well.
I'm 32 years old, have a shaved head, and have noticed a dent line on the top of my head, and recently another has formed just above it. I do not suffer from any headaches, but the electric shock feeling as descibed is familiar.
Has anyone who's posted here gotten a diagnose as to what this dent might be? Mine is exactly the same as moshe described her cousin has. I also suffer from panic disorder and dizziness. I first discovered this dent a couple of years ago.
Hi has anyone found out what this could be. I have one top of my head about 3 inches long and a 1/2 wide but getting bigger. I have also noticed another one starting. I have been getting bad headaches, some dizziness. I thought I was the only one with this problem, now I see I am not. Hope someone can figure this out
Hello all, I have had this mysterious skull dent for 16 years. It fluctuates on occasion, sometime throughout a day. I understand that this sounds insane; and I am not insane. I have been to several doctors and they look at me like deer in headlights. There is no medical diagnosis. My "dent" is in the middle of my skull, 1-2 in. Long, with the sides rising and lowering; it is about where my soft spot would have been as a baby. One doctor asked if it could be there from birth - no!
Just recently, I believe I have discovered the cause, which is directly related to nutrition. I found that I have a gluten intolerance, which led to a complete diet change. Over the last month, I have been absorbing the nutrition from food, which is leading to my dent closing up - it is very painful because it is moving so fast.
I can't believe I found this site. My mom is 49yrs old and just overnight one week ago she felt a sharp pain on the top of her head and felt a dent. She was not born with a dent. She does not have any other alarming symptoms except this dent. She told me that the dent actually changes during the day. In the morning it is not as noticeable then becomes more sunken in through out the day. What is going on! She is very worried including me.
I am so happy to find this website and to see that I am not the only one with this problem. Suddenly,out of nowhere,3 days ago a dent in the back of my head towards the right side appeared. It is about the size of a quarter and feels tingly and uncomfortable. I have been having headaches in the back of my head for a few weeks now. I went to the emergency room a few nights ago after I noticed the dent and was worried because it hurt and I had a headache. They treated me like I was nuts but did a catscan that came back normal. They suggested that it has always been there but I have never noticed it. There is no way I wouldn't have noticed a dent in my head that hurts.
I am desperately seeking info on this. Has anyone figured out what this could be?
Hello, I am looking for info about tingling mostly on right side of head.....I stumbled across this forum. As i was reading aloud, my mom said "hey I have a dent!" I felt her head and there it was!!! She has diabetes so she is to drs all the time,,,,,,she has had all types of tests done and has nothing serious (thank God).....She says she doesn't feel any tinlging or anything like that when she touches it and she doesn't know how long she's had it......she's never mentioned it to her dr.....I hope this info helps you all....
Okay, I found out what mine was. In May my hairdresser found a small spot of alopecia in the back of my head. I went to a dermatologist who said they could stop the hair loss by giving me a shot of a steroid in that spot. It is a long lasting steroid so it sometimes takes awhile to see the reactions you can have from it. Anyway, the steroid caused muscle atrophy which caused my muscle to cave in in that spot. It can take months for it to go away. I noticed the dent in August and it is now much smaller and not sensitive anymore but still there.
Hope this helps.
I'm 29 yrs old and have had this dent for years in my soft spot of my skull, years ago a use to get really bad headaches which could of been migraines and my parents took me to the Dr. because they worried but they never found anything, as time went on the headaches got better, i get headaches and migraines but there not a problem, it doesn't impair me to the point that i can't work or that I've had to see a Dr., i went on this web site because since i was never diagnosed i think about once a while if it's something i should worry about that might effect me in the future, as far as i could remember i possibly had this since back as i was in junior high. It doesn't bother me but sometimes it can be embarrassing when someone is doing my hair if they notice it because I've never known of anyone else having this until now.
I noticed that there was a definite indentation as if the two hemispheres of the brain had a slight indentation from top of head to about 3-4 inches down. Right in the middle.
It feels weird. It doesn't hurt or anything, but it was never there before and it just bothers that it is a change. Is it part of the aging process? I am 58. My doc felt it and said it was nothing. However, I believe the length of it has grown.
I too have dents in my skull. Suddenly they appeared and overnight they seem to be less pronounced but as the day wears on they get deeper. I do have a lot of headaches but they are controlled with aspirin or tylenol. What causes this?
I have no idea what causes this as I have only noticed in the last few months. It is not so much a dent as a depression. It is not terrible - meaning it is not noticeable (I have short hair, but it covers the area well). It just bothers me and I seem to keep touching it and feeling it. My fear is that it is a sign of Alzheimers. But, what do I know?
I wonder how it would look if I were bald? Oh well, I hope to never find out (I mean about the bald part as I am a woman).
It bothers me like when you lose a tooth and your tongue keeps going to the space where the tooth used to be.
I am 26yrs old and for abouth the last year have had this same issue. It started as just a small, sharp pain very rarely throughout the day. I first thought I had maybe a pimple or ingrown hair so I used a handheld mirror to check the top of my head where the pain was coming from. What I saw was a small red patch, however the red patch was about 1/2 inch away from where the pain was coming from.
Just about a month ago I was washing my hair and just about shot through the roof when I went over the area because it was so sharp and tremendous pain. I went to a dermatologist, she said nothing was there(the red patch had gone away). She said it might have just been a clogged oil gland where the red patch was and she didn't see anything where the pain was coming from. Now for the past couple weeks, the pain is getting to be constant and much more intense, I almost feel like the surronding area of my scalp is numb and all I can feel is that sharp,pain which is now an area about three times the size of what it was initially. I am really starting to get nervous and am going to have to schedule a DR. appointment because I am having ice pick headaches, but only on the left side of my head, which is the same side the pain is on. The dent is becoming more prominent.This past week now I have started having pain and twitching in my left eye and as crazy as this may sound, when I put even a small amount of pressure on the area, I get a sharp pain inside my left inner ear. This has got to be nerve related.
I have read each of the posts ahead of me and I am sure I will get the same puzzled looks from the dr. when I try to explain this. Just wondering, if anyone else experiencing this is on any type of prescription medication? I take 2 and was maybe wondering if that had anything to do with it!? I will post after I see a dr. to notify all of you what they say!
Hello, i've just read your post. I see that it is from 4 years ago but I wanted to ask if you ever got any diagnosed results? I am having the same exact symptoms as you and am without health insurance and very worried.
i am 39yrs old and have very similar condition as you and i have been seeing a nuerologist abolut it for 8mnth now with no help from them they cannot find a reason or solution as a result they just diagnose it as a skull anomly. If your doc can find a reason for your condition would love to know it,ty.
I am 36 yrs old and have been suffering with severe cronic headaches since Aug 06. I woke up one morning and there it was. The first lasted until around March of 07, when I finally saw "the love of my life" a pain specialist, who started giving me steroid shots in the back of my head and my forehead. They took a couple times to start working, but they did start helping along with massive pain pills. Anyway, probably about 3 months ago I noticed a large dent in the back of my head also about 2 x 1 1/2 inches long and fairly deep on my right side. Then slowly realized a smaller one on my left side, which is not quite as big, but is painful to the touch. Not to mention I've also noticed that my "original" soft spots are also more indented too! I spoke to my Dr. about this and after examining them, he believes them to be inflammation points within the muscles in my head. Since it is just the muscles that are inflammed it causes a ridge around the other areas (if that makes sense?).
My neurologist just had an MRI and a C-Spine done of me tonight to hopefully give my more answers and confirm this theory of my other Dr's. It could make some sense though, I notice if I can put pressure on it and massage it for a little while it seems to get smaller. Maybe try a good massage therapist. I have one who is trained and has been doing it for years and she works out of her home. I haven't gone to her since this has happened, but I plan to make an appointment.
I will get back to you all and let you know what all my results are. I feel for everyone going through this. I understand how tough it is when people don't believe you. I'm now on my 2nd neurologist and 2nd general practictioner. Hopefully, I've finally got it right. Don't give up!
~God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.~
I am Jay a masaage and sport therapist by profession,my wife have a similar problem like yours.well in fact she had all the symptoms that mentioned by others.nausea,severe and sharp pain or headached that radiates down to the back of her neck,dents 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 ins.,the Dr here in UAE also cannot find the answer yet.
she already tried diff. kind of strong pain reliever but the pain still there or have a little effect due mainly caused of the inbalance pressure happen inside the brain.
untill one day i try to give her a circulating massage at the surrounding affected areas and slightly pulled the hair (increasing but controlled) of the affected dent until the dents plush to the surface or atleast become small.by doing that traction I continue asking her what she feels. the pain fading consistently at the same time the dents disappearing while im doing the therapeutic massage.
the symptoms still occurs but not often now,in any case she just ask me to help her out.
I hope this may give you an Idea on how to prevent yours but still the Dr or specialist has a bigger say on this problem.