I have had a moderate to severe pressure headache for a year now, it has ruined my life basically. I would estimate that I usually feel it in the Corpus Callosum or the Thalamus (deep in my head), as well as this very strange feeling in my forehead of eyebrow heaviness, and sometimes double vision and eye pain as I move my eyes left or right. Also severe dizziness has been suddenly activated just by eye movements. I also experience bouts of positional vertigo that lasts several days at a time and then goes into remission for a spell.
Here is the strange part...my ears feel full. Not stopped up, but just full. My hearing is fine and I can blow air into my ears without a problem.
But listen to this--You know how when you yawn, there is a "muscle" activated that automatically makes your ears click? Well, if I keep this muscle "flexed", or "hold the yawn", it's like a lift a heavy weight off my head..
Also, when I hold my nose and blow air into my ears, or even when I sneeze I get tremendous relief from the headache and the strange eyebrow heaviness..but it allways comes right back. My nose also feels constantly blocked but my sinuses are clear by CT and head MRI.
I have been on heavy anti-biotics such as Levaquin ketek, inderal, topamax, and so on to no avail. My 3 doctors (headache neuro, oto-neurologist, and GP) at the local University are stumped, can you tell me anything?
The best chance of you becoming headache free is to tackle your headache in several different ways at once - a multidisciplinary approach. THis includes evaluating for neck problems which contirbute to headache and dizziness, headache psychologist, physical therapy to the neck, biofeedback, and medications.
When you blow into your ears by holding your nose, you increase the pressure in your inner ear. If the pressure in your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is so high it is pressing your brain, which is soft tissue, into the openings of your skull, the momentary increase in the pressure in your inner ear could partially balance the too high pressure in your CSF, giving you a brief feeling of relief.
Ask your doctors to measure the pressure in your CSF.
Chronic pain, so that you don't risk any loss of credibility with your doctors because of my stupidity, please allow me to modify my comment.
Holding your nose and blowing into your ears would increase pressure in your middle ear, not your inner ear. Also, the anatomy of the inner ear appears to be such that the pressure in your inner ear will be the same as in your CSF.
The periodic episodes of vertigo and feelings of fullness in your ears you describe are both symptoms of Meniere's disease.
I do still think it might be a good idea to assess your CSF pressure.
One more comment: I too was on several types of antibiotics, including amoxicillin, augmentin, cipro, and levaquin because they thought it was a simple ear infection. After being on 4 strong types of antibiotics with no relief and worsening in my condition, that's when they did a spinal tap and found it was meningitis.
Several weeks ago I experienced very similar symptoms you had: chronic headache, massive ear ache, ear fullness, dizziness, nauseousness, and vertigo that lasted two days and suddenly went away. I also ended up getting paralysis on the right side of my face (later diagnosed with Bell's Palsey). Eventually, after MRI, Spinal Tap, x-ray, and blood tests, I was diagnosed with viral meningitis, resulting in nerve damages to my ear and a mild case of Bell's Palsey. They put me on Prednisone for the nerve damage to my ear. Unfortunately, I'm having a lot of serious side effects from the prednisone...i'm feeling worse than before. While this may not be your condition whatsoever, as i'm only a patient, maybe you can discuss it with your doctor re vestibular labyrinthitis: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/BHCV2/bhcArticles.nsf/pages/Labyrinthitis_and_vestibular_neuritis?OpenDocument. GOOD LUCK and I completely sympathize.
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