1. Since when is it there?
I started having pressure in the back of my head about 3 weeks ago. On numerous occasions I have had a very quick, sharp, electric pain right above my right ear. This has only happened about 4 times. There has been a pressure at the top, dorsal region of my head that seems to get worse at very random moments. I have also experienced slight pains on the top of my head, in my jaw region, in my ear, etc. The majority of the sensation, however, is at the top/back portion of my head- all of this occurring in the last 3 weeks. About a week ago when I experienced a sharp pain above my right ear, I noticed that the blood vessel in that location felt enlarged. Last night when I got into bed, I felt a strong increase in pressure at the back of my head and the pulsating sensation appeared above my right ear. I woke up this morning and the pulsating is still occurring (only on the right side). The vessel is still enlarged. I cannot help but worry that I have a blood clot, an aneurysm, or some kind of latent viral or bacterial infection. Just to reiterate what I mentioned in my initial question, I have also had these symptoms over the last 3 months (I do not know whether they are related): a localized tenderness/pressure in my upper right buttock, intermittent upper back pain, sore sacral bone, lower right groin pain (pain comes at random moments and is associated with pain down inner right thigh). Over the past 1.5 weeks I have woken up each morning with this very subtle sense that I am trembling in my head, neck and arms. It is not visible, so I do not know whether it is a strange neurological symptom/sensation of what is going on or whether I am in fact slightly trembling.
2. What are the aggravating or relieving factors?
I honestly cannot account for anything that causes or relieves the sensations. They occur at random. The only thing that seemed to play a role was lowering my head when I got into bed last night. Yet at other times these symptoms occur when standing, sitting, etc. The pain is not intense (except for the few sharp pains above my ear). In fact, the pressure is mild. The fact that it has been constant over 3 weeks is what worries me and the fact that I also have been having the enlarged vessel with noticeable pulsations.
3. Have you taken treatment for diabetes /high blood pressure?
I have never had diabetes or high blood pressure. In fact, my blood pressure is a slightly lower than average. My cholesterol levels (both LDL and HDL) are fantastic.
4. Any positive history of ENT INFECTIONS?
I have had post-nasal drip since I was a child and I have also had numerous sinus infections in my life. I can honestly say that the symptoms and pressure locations at present are distinctly different from past ENT infections.
5. Are you generally stressed?
Yes, I have been stressed, but please do not attribute these symptoms to anxiety. I have felt stress and anxiety in the past with physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, headache, etc, but those symptoms were very different from I have now.
I just had some blood drawn for various tests. Such as: the CRP, ANS, ENA, TSH, B12, Vitamin D, West Nile Virus, Lead Toxicity, and Lupus and will get those results back in a week or so. Also, can you please inform me as to whether the enlarged vessels with strong pulsations are possible symptoms of any emergency situation? I have been debating going to the ER as I do not know whether it could be serious.