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    Hi all,
    Was wondering if any of you with neck injuries ever get a "pressure" feeling in the head?
    This usually happens when I go from standing to sitting, when I cough, strain, bend or sneeze.

    #2
    do you have any blood pressure issues? No sci here, but those activities are all ones that can cause changes in your blood pressure which can result in a pressure or lightheaded feeling

    I have a condition called dysautonomia which causes issues with my blood pressure and heart rate, so it sounded a bit familiar to me. I know from here that bp issues are not unusual with sci.
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      #3
      Yes, it is a little high on occasion. I am on Atenolol for that and also tachycardia..

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        #4
        Do you have a neurologist? I would make an appointment and discuss this question with them.

        These headaches/pressure could be nothing, but sometimes they can be caused by a brain problem. Have you ever had a brain MRI?

        Here's a short discussion of your problem from a Mayo clinic website.

        http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pri...daches/DS00639

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          #5
          What is your blood pressure when this occurs?
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            #6
            I do not have a neurologist at this time, but last year I was having alot of back pain and had a complete bone scan and a neck and back mri. Which showed that the pain in my back I was having was a fractured sacrum.
            I'm not sure what my blood pressure is when this happens. I will try to take it to find out. I NEVER had an issue with this til post sci. I noticed that after my injury when I would first lay down I would get the pressure and it would last a few seconds then go away. Gradually with time, it has become more frequent. I have the feeling when I first stand up, and bend over, strain.... I'm a hypochondriac, and my mind is in overdrive thinking I have a brain tumor.

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              #7
              Even though I worry about it being the absolute worst thing, I do think it's spine related somehow. Because the pressure I feel is kind of pulsating when it does it and goes all the way to my tailbone..

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                #8
                Originally posted by Jenfr View Post
                Even though I worry about it being the absolute worst thing, I do think it's spine related somehow. Because the pressure I feel is kind of pulsating when it does it and goes all the way to my tailbone..
                Do you have a spinal cord injury? If so what level and ASIA rating? I noticed you said this happens when you stand and am just curious. If you spend most of your time in a wheelchair then standing will make you dizzy. If I haven't used my standing frame for a while I can get lightheaded using it.

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                  #9
                  Is your spinal cord injury in the C-spine? Your symptoms may be related to your prior injury or surgery/scarring related to your injury.


                  But you should get it checked out. You should find a neurologist and talk about another MRI of your head and maybe the top of your C-spine. It is possible your physiatrist could help you with this.

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                    #10
                    Thank you all for the replies.
                    Yes, I do have a spinal cord injury. C4-5 and T6-8 incomplete.
                    I have all feeling and movement except in my left foot, which I wear an AFO.
                    I use my chair about 90% of the time. I can walk with a cane but for only short distance. My injury is from a car accident on 6-21-02

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by smashms
                      This is not at all what you have I think it might be related to you changing positions and hlh why are you again diagnosing didn't you read the entire post? I would see your doctor though they might have a better answer for you it most likely has to do with you changing positions or your blood pressure since you do have a history of high bp and heart rate issues. I would try to take your blood pressure when you are experiencing the headaches it may clue you in further.

                      Ok Shasms. I appreciate you trying to help too. Can't we all pitch in? I'm simply recommending s/he see their doctor.
                      Last edited by hlh; 14 Feb 2012, 10:26 PM.

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                        #12
                        I appreciate all thoughts..and i'm a woman

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                          #13
                          I think you definitely should talk to your Dr. I think some orthostatic blood pressure testing would be good. As I mentioned before its possible the symptoms are a result of bp changes, especially since you have a history of high bp and tachycardia.
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                            #14
                            Is there any reason why you haven't talked to a neurologist about your problem? It seems like you've had it a long time.

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