around last november  i began having sharp pains in my head. it's not constant and they only last a few seconds. sometimes i get them many times during the day, and sometimes [although not often] i won't have any during the day. the only way i can think to describe how they feel is that it feels as if someone is pricking my brain [or nerves in my head] with a needle. it doesn't always happen in the same place, but is generally in the right back and front and the left back and front. about 1 1/2 weeks ago i began feeling pressure in my head, sometimes accompanied by mild nausea, and the sharp pains also. the way i can describe the pressure is that it feels as if someone were putting their hands on each side of my head and pushing as hard as they possibly could. the pressure/nausea often come together and come and go through out the day. it makes it hard to concentrate at school when they happen. my mom is worried [i'm only 17] because she says my pupils are larger than they should be when there is plenty of light and she says it could be a sign of disease. she took nursing courses a while ago, so i'm just trusting her at the moment, although she's definitely not a professional. [no, i'm not doing drugs. that is not the reason for my pupils being large]. she has been promising to make an appointment with my pediatrician for some time, but still hasn't done so. i would like to know others' opinions on this matter.
update: i don't know if this is related, but i was sitting in class today and the left cheek on my face went numb for about 1 minute. it was very odd, especially since this has never happened to me before. like i said, though, i don't know if this is related.
Last edited by _annabelle on May 8th, 2007 03:39 PM; edited 1 time in total
There are many things it could be. It could be an irritated nerve or migraine headaches. A doctor will be the only person who can diagnose you though. You should really get on your mom to call. Or just call and set an appt yourself!
so, i went to my pediatrician today, but he couldn't seem to think of what could be wrong. he said my pains are too short to be considered headaches or migraines. so he told me to try taking advil in the morning after eating and see if that helps. [i doubt it will though, because i've taken advil for the pressure before and it didn't help. it actually increased the pressure/nausea]. he also said to come back immediately if i started throwing up in the morning or if they got much worse. my mom talked to our school nurse and she said we should get a second opinion or just go to a neurologist and see what he/she thinks and/or get a ct scan just to rule out anything like a tumor. i don't know what we'll do yet. my friend's mom, who is also a nurse, said it could be caused by my wisdom teeth, but i've been having these pains since november and i just saw my dentist in march and he didn't say anything about wisdom teeth [and i had an x-ray done]. also, the pains i have aren't where the pains caused by wisdom teeth would be.
he didn't say they should go away [except maybe with the advil]. i haven't tried it yet, but i probably will tomorrow morning.
i asked my dad if my mom talked to him about my appointment today and i am going to get a second opinion. i'm not sure when yet, but i'll be going to my parents doctor, instead of another pediatrician.
ha..no, no chance that i'm pregnant. i'm still a virgin, so that's a definite answer lol. throwing up in the morning would indicate increased cranial pressure, giving a big warning that i'd most likely have a tumor. that hasn't happened yet so far though.
annabelle, dont panic. consult physician and find a good ent, it might be a sinus trouble(cant be anything saerious in your 17). tumor? forget this word you mom is nervous, but it's not a reason to worry.