I have had trouble sleeping for the last few months due to being able to feel my pulse in the back of my neck right below my skull. My muscles in my neck have been tight, so I have been seeing a physical therapist, but it only helps a little bit.
I am to the point where I dred bedtime (which is making it worse) I am taking a muscle relaxant right now, but I dont want to be taking medication to help me sleep. I have also been prescribed Xanax, Ambitriptilene and Meloxicam. All either didnt work or I had adverse reactions.
Can anyone help?
I have been to a Neurologist who sent me to have a CT Scan of Brain, which was normal.
They have not mentioned anything about an MRI. I get the feeling that they think that I am making it up or that its "in my head". Which is part of the frustration. My family M.D also keeps bringing up Depression. But aside from my symptoms..I am a pretty happy guy and no real reason to be Depressed.
The Amitriptyline was prescribed when I told the Family M.D of the symptoms (pulsating, lack of sleep, concern of what was going on with me) So I guess so. He told me it would help me relax so I could fall asleep.
I have set up an appointment to discuss MRI on Neck to be sure.
I have an MRI and or MRA? scheduled for this week. Later for results.
Thanks for advice.
Massage Therapy is wonderful and definitely helps..but gets very expensive.
if only insurance covered. Physical therapy is ok but not as much of a stress
Hi, thanks for reply. How are you. Relax! its good to continue physical therapy for some more time if you are benefitting from it. do regular stretches and apply either local heat or take hot shower before bed time. Take muscle relaxants after meals. Wait till MRI report come for further plan of care. Take care. Bye.
Hi, hope you are doing better. How is your health and sleep these days. Have you got evaluated completely. How about your MRI results. Your thoughs would be of great help to some of viewers of this section so keep updating. Take care.
Last week I had an MRI and CT scan of Neck and Back. Will find out results this week.
Noticed that when I exercise later in day, the symptoms are amplified. I love exercising
and this has changed that a little.
The pulsating in my neck has subsided, still there but not as noticeable. That is the good news, bad news is that I have been having dizzy spells during the day, kind of a electrical buzz that is really quick, but scary. I am also developing some anxiety now. My chest feels like its going to explode, usually at night. Sometimes while laying down, I can hear a wooshing sound (like my pulse) wakes me up and ruins a good start to sleep.
I switched Doctors and new doc has done blood tests that I am awaiting to hear about. He prescribed Remeron, which I took for One week, New doc says dizziness could be related.
I am extremely frustrated and feel like my health is effecting my family and the time that I spend with my kids. 35 years old, great health up until 1.5years ago...Can anyone help? Had MRI=nothing CTscan=nothing Bloodtest=nothing
I experienced something similar for years and went thru a frustrating round of doctors and tests for nearly 3 years. They could find nothing in my head to cause the sensations. When my GP offered to send me to the neurologist for the 3rd time, I chose to see a different one. That doctor was surprised no tests had been done on my neck nor had I had an MRA of the head or neck. Turns out I have 2 bulging disks in my neck and a blood vessel with some narrowing. For the disks, learning how to position my neck helped (don't let chin jut forward up upward). I take aspirin daily for my blood.
I don't know how many different neurologists you have seen, but sometimes fresh eyes in a different practice helps. Best wishes in finding answers.
Meant to mention a couple other things. Most medications have so many side effects. Since you know you have undiagnosed symptoms, I wouldn't want to take unnecessary meds. Depression is not an answer for symptoms as specific as yours. I'd venture to say nowhere in lists of symptoms of depression is there listed pulsating sensation in back of head/neck.
What I ended up telling me GP every time a test came back negative was, "What's next? I don't want to stop until there is an answer." It was a frustrating time, but finally I found out why.
Hi Sosleepy, how are doing? Thanks for giving updates on the investigations and your present status. Hope you are feeling better and continuing on your exercises. It would be better you consult a vascular surgeon with all the investigation findings and get examined. Probably you might be having a vascular impingement or a pressure effect causing you the symptoms. I do agree, it might be a sheer frustrating situation not to have a good sleep and disturbed next day. Do update on the visit and take care.
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