Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
155 Doctors are Online

Experiencing loss of vision, fatigue, confusion, nausea, speech problem and pain in head. Concerned

DOCTOR OF THE MONTH - Nov 2013
Nov 2013
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Neurologist
Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 5393 Questions
Question
Hello!

I am experiencing some head pain. It is not severe, it isn't the "dull" type of pain... it is a bit sharp, but not very painful. It's on the middle left side of my head and is present when I bend over, if I press on an area near the top left of my head. The feeling is in that area and also down the side of the left side of my head almost to behind the ear. Some exertion/straining can 'sometimes' also bring it forth. It is not debilitating at all though. It is not worse in the morning, or when I lie down.

I am not experiencing loss of vision, fatigue, confusion, nausea, speech problems or anything other than the 'pain'. It's been there for about almost a month. It hasn't gotten worse during that time. There was almost a week when I didn't really notice it much... but I do again now. What could this be? I'm rather concerned it could a be a tumor of some sort...

thank you!
Posted Sat, 17 Nov 2012 in Brain and Spine
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 33 minutes later
Hi,
Thank you for contacting Healthcare Magic.

First of all, let me reassure you that the chance of you having a brain tumor is very unlikely, with your current symptoms.

The most likely cause of headache in your case could be muscle tension headache.

As of now, you could take analgesics such as ibuprofen or diclofenac, for pain relief.

If symptoms persist, or if you develop other symptoms such as early morning rise in headache, vomiting or visual symptoms, you could see a neurologist and get a brain scan done.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you have any more queries.
Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Medicine) DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Follow-up: Experiencing loss of vision, fatigue, confusion, nausea, speech problem and pain in head. Concerned 8 days later
Hello, thank you for your answer last week.

My symptoms are still there... they have not changed however (not gotten worse). Some days it is more noticeable than others. I should say that it in no way interferes with daily life though, and the pain is overall quite minimal.

Something I forgot to mention last time... I mentioned that when I bend over I experience this pain. However, if I clench me jaw and then bend over the pain is not there. This works almost every time. Why is this?

Finally, I should add that the pain is only there for a few moments while bending over. If I continue in the bent over position the pain does not linger past the first few moments.

I'm currently in a foreign country (for a few months) and thus I cannot get any brain scans or such. Do you think my situation will become urgent enough to require that?

thank you very much!
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 7 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for getting back with more details.

These details also suggest that the chance of brain tumor or any other serious illness of brain causing your headache is very less.

Clenching your jaw preventing or relieving the pain does not point to any specific disease or mechanism of pain.

So, I feel you need not worry, till you return to your country.

Washing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Follow-up: Experiencing loss of vision, fatigue, confusion, nausea, speech problem and pain in head. Concerned 3 days later
Hello once again Dr. XXXXXXX


thank you very much for your previous response.

I have noticed in the past days that sometimes there is a "sensation" or dull pain occasionally even when I am upright on the left side of my head (concentrated on 1 or 2 areas). If I shake my head vigorously from side to side I get localized (perhaps focal? Not sure about the terminology) "pain" on the left side I mentioned previously.

I am unsure if some of my "sensations" and pain are just due to anxiety that I sometimes experience about this (when I think about it, I tend to notice it more I think). I am under a decent amount of stress these days (nothing insane though).

thanks!
 
 
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 3 hours later
Hi,

Thank you for getting back with more details.

The new symptoms of focal episodic pain on the left side of head are again non-specific and do not point to any specific brain disease.

I agree with you that these are partly related to anxiety. So, I request you to calm down and stop worrying about this.

Please get back if you require any additional information/help.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar Md DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX consultant Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
 
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Neurologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor