Welcome back and thanks for your question. The first thing to do it calm down. It sounds like you are working yourself up into a full-blown panic attack. There is no reason to be so concerned about a headache. You may have had a migraine, or the anxiety may have spiraled the amount of pain out of the ordinary. With vision changes and pulsating, it was probably a migraine which can have after-effects for a day or so.
Anxiety can cause some really strange symptoms. I'm glad you're feeling better now. You should be fine. Just don't worry about the burning feeling and it should go away in the next few hours as you become calmer. Remember to try to keep busy so you can focus outside of yourself.
No, it isn't a stroke. With a stroke only one side is affected. You will often have eye drooping and one corner of the mouth drooping as well. It sounds as though your symptoms have escalated as your anxiety has increased.
No, brain aneurysms don't cause any symptoms, and they are also fairly rare, and almost unheard of in your age group. Your face could stay like that all day from anxiety. Your doctor looked into your ears and saw that you have a reason for the pressure in your ears. It has nothing to do with a brain problem.
CAT scans are terribly expensive and I really don't see a need for one (I'm sure your insurance company wouldn't either). Small aneurysms are best left alone and ones that have grown huge are the ones that can cause symptoms, but they don't come out of nowhere. They start small and gradually get worse as they grow and put pressure on your brain structures. You do yourself no favors in dwelling on rare possibilities of a new symptom. Try to forget about it.
Insurance will cover a CT scan if there is a medical reason for one. Your doctor would need to consider if there was a reason. Your doctor would probably send you off to a neurologist to see if those headaches were just migraines before ordering a CT scan.
Yes, anxiety can produce all kinds of strange feelings from that of bugs crawling, pain, to numbness and burning. It should go away in a day or two.
Yes it can. The drunk feeling can also come from an ear infection, and tension headaches can come just from plain old tension. Everyone gets headaches, some more often than others.
Yes, people who have anxiety tend to think they have all kinds of ailments that don't cross the minds of people who don't have it. Quitting smoking is great for your health, and the negative effects of having smoked begin to improve the minute you quit. Quitting will have a very positive effect on your health from here on out.
Yes, the face thing can be caused by anxiety and it should go away in a day or two. If it doesn't go away by Monday you can see your doctor.
That would be one explanation. An overuse injury can even cause pain in our facial muscles.
It's possible, but unlikely. It's more likely they are just overused.
It's one possibility. The anxiety is another.
Taking them together is just fine. There will be no interactions.
No, I don't think you should go to the ER, but you obviously do. They will see you and send you home again.
Does it occur to you that when numerous medical professionals, exams, and sophisticated tests find nothing that it is because there is nothing wrong to find? If there were any physical abnormality it would have shown up by now. I would suggest getting the anxiety under better control with your doctor who is prescribing the lorazepam (an awful drug, by the way) who should be prescribing something stronger and long-lasting so you don't have these panic attacks.
I wouldn't worry about TSS. Coming off a bad headache and a panic attack, and having our period) it is normal to feel tired. Try to have a good weekend and hopefully Monday will be better for you.
Any infection in the ear can lead to pressure on the nerves that translate to dizziness, vertigo, clumsiness, loss of balance, nausea, even blurry vision, etc. I usually tell patient to take Sudafed or another decongestant, but that can make you more anxious.
The infection is INSIDE the ear and may not show. Also, ER docs aren't known for doing the obvious things like looking for ear infections. They are tuned into caring for emergencies.
I am going to opt out and let someone else help you since I don't really seem to have made a dent in your anxiety over the past couple of days.
What you are saying is what I always hear. People just don't believe it, but it's true. Once you've come to terms with it, it isn't so scary. It's similar to a teenage girl who thinks a pimple is the end of the world. By the time you're in your 20s, it's "Ho, hum, a pimple. Big deal."
That sounds like a plan.
I thought you were being treated for the ear infection with antibiotics so there is no need to be concerned about deafness. That is also a very rare occurrence. Nausea can come from ear infections, and is quite common, in fact.
You may be catching the flu, or it can be from an ear infection you already have. You know what the symptoms of an inner ear infection are - you're having them.
Yes, it can be from an ear infection. That can lead to all kinds of dizziness, nausea, etc. type discomfort. Glad your Mom is feelling better.
That happens when you have a minor infection somewhere. It can also come from increased epinephrine released because you are anxious. Anybody can get a viral infection from anywhere. An airplane is a great place because the air is so dry that it irritates your mucus membranes and makes a great place for germs to enter. However, anybody who ever comes in contact with people can get an infection.
An ear infection usually comes from either a sinus infection or from a throat infection that ascends through the Eustacian tubes.
It's very highly unlikely it is anything of any importance that is causing your symptoms.
Yipes. It's Monday - and usually the busiest day of the week in primary care, followed by Friday afternoons. She must have really been having a bad day. The nasal spray is fine to take with your other meds and should really help your symptoms. If she didn't explain how to use the spray, here are the instructions in a little video.
Usually negative pressure behind the eardrum, such as from a blocked Eusatchia tube is what causes a retracted eardrum. The ValSalva maneuver can help equalize the pressure (Hold our breath and push as though having a bowel movement). This maneuver increases the pressure in the middle ear space behind the eardrum often resolving the problem temporarily.
None of the tests, including the CT scan have shown anything serious.
Of course it can. You have an infection, are taking an antibiotic. You won't feel good for a while.
Are you drinking plenty of water? Also, some people see "floaters" and they are nothing to be concerned about. At worst it would be a migraine.
It means you are spending entirely too much time worrying about how you feel and analyzing every little twitch and twitter, imagining worst-case-scenario things that it "could" be. You have been checked out numerous times and nothing has been found except anxiety. You have a simple cold which you can call an upper respiratory infection, sinus congestion, ear pain, or whatever you like. It means you're gong to feel lousy for a couple of weeks and then you'll get over it. And that's the clue "get over it." Accept that people feel bad on occasion for various reasons, and you should expect to feel bad sometimes too. It doesn't mean you have a brain tumor, cancer, retinal detachment, leukemia, or some as yet unnamed fatal disease. It just means you have a cold in this case. You will get better in a couple of weeks, unless you worry yourself into an ulcer fretting about common everyday symptoms.
Yes you can Claritin. You may look for the Claritin-D formula which contains a decongestant as well as an antihistamine.
The dosage of Nasonex is one-two sprays in each nostril once per day. Be sure to use it correctly according to the video. Take your time so that it works best. It can take 2-3 weeks or even more (even 2-3 months) to completely clear an ear infection whether it is in the inner or middle ear. It is surrounded by bone which is difficult for antibiotics to penetrate.
Normal blood pressure is under 120/80 and heart rate is normally in the range of 60-80. Don't be upset if some of the blood pressure gauges in public places give very high or very low numbers. They are rarely ever right. There is an art to taking blood pressure. Heart rate will increase with exercise (and should) or when excited, scared, unusually happy, etc. We use heart rate to determine how hard we should work when exercising. For someone about 20-25, optimum exercise heart rate is between 115-145.
Glad the root canal is over with. Some people do get some side effects from novocaine. I for one can count on a headache for several hours after the numbness starts wearing off. A couple of Tylenol takes care of it and I'm fine the next day. A little nausea wouldn't be out of the question for you. Chest pains and not being able to breathe are more likely from the anxiety though.
I think if there had been anything wrong with you, it would have shown up on one of your numerous tests or visits to the doctors or ER. Various drugs take differing lengths of time to show what their final impact is. Usually within about a month you have a good feel for what any individual drug is doing. Some begin work faster than others, and will allow the lorazepam to be stopped sooner.
What the scan checks is determined by what was ordered by the doctor.
If there were any lump or bump in your head they would see it.
It's the side/back of your skull you are feeling. You wouldn't know if anything was wrong from feeling it, so don't worry yourself about it. Let someone who knows what they're doing examine it on Saturday. I have to go out this afternoon, so I'm going to be away from the computer for a while.