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Question: Sensations in head but not seizures


 BMoreHun - Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:02 pm

Good Evening, I am writing to ask if there is a Doctor who may have had a patient a symptoms like mine. For about three years, I have been having sensations in my head. Seizures ruled out by Docs. Hit while at work, grabbed table to not fall. Doctors have suggested that it is depression and stress. I know it is not depression because the sensation comes and goes very quickly. Sensations have been become more reg in the last few weeks. I have had recently been experiencing headaches. Sensations occur anytime: sitting or standing. Don't think it is vertigo - no spinning or off balance. 46 w/high blood pressure controlled by meds, heart murmur, thyroid disease/remission but still have a goiter, endometriosis, and acid reflux. Last year, small heart attack w/no blockage. The sensations feels like when an elevator drop and bounce back up and are coming more often and lasting longer. PLEASE HELP!
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:49 pm

User avatar Hello -

This probably should be relocated under neurology topic, but meanwhile, I think I know what may be going on. I was puzzled til the very last part of your post, when you described the "elevator effect", which is a puzzling vertical form of vertigo. Most people only experience it right after having been on an elevator, and the same oculovestibular process that helps us maintain our horizontal balance also works vertically -- and usually both at once. Some people, for reasons not well understood, can experience the same sensation even before the get on an elevator. Occasionally vertigo can be expressed solely in the vertical plane (sensory-wise). It's not as disabling in the moment as regular vertigo, and again, I don't know what causes it in people not on or near elevators, but it is a neurological (or sometimes ENT) issue. Seeing a specialist in either field may help resolve this if it continues. There could also be some underlying cause, but usually it's vestibular in origin.

I hope this is helpful. Best of luck to you. Please follow up with us as needed.

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