For the past two months, I've been having problems with headaches and eye pressure (above/behind my eye it feels like). The headaches are often worse late morning/early afternoon. Ibuprofen helps but a lot of days the headache/eye pressure is pretty bad and I will try and sleep it off. Also, for the past 1.5 years or so, my eyes have been twitching intermittently. Sleep, caffeine (or lack there of), potassium, stress levels, etc seem to have no impact on this.
I've called both my GP and my eye doctor. GP says I should make an appointment with him, eye doctor says no, I should see him.
Any ideas? Or should I just suck it up and go to both?
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I would go to both, assuming it's not a financial hardship.
Otherwise, I'd start with the eye doctor (opthamologist right? Not just an optometrist?) who can at least rule out the things that are in his domain, if not diagnose something that the GP might not be able to.
I'd say eye doc. But I go to the instructors from my local college (large med school). They know their stuff! Don't just go to any "Best Buy" kind of doc. Go to a shure nuff, gonna know their stuff person.
Agree with LauraKY. Eye strain could cause headaches, but it could be more serious.
If you haven't had your wisdom teeth out that may be a possibility too. All four of my wisdom teeth were extremely impacted and gave me horrible headaches like you describe. Teeth came out headaches went away. Never would have made the connection if not for the awesome hygenist at my dentist's office, figured teeth should cause jaw pain, not headaches.
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I had similar symptoms. Went to my GP who loves this stuff. He sent me to get a CAT scan and talk to a neurologist. What we think it was is I have allergies in the fall, and the main symptom is a headache that won't go away. The only thing that really worked was a steroid nasal spray, and that wasn't immediate. I forgot about it this fall until my headaches were bad again, and then it got better with use of nasal spray and sinus headache stuff.
1) CAT scan to rule out tumors, strokes, other VERY IMPORTANT brain issues. 2) If nothing obvious there, then the eye doctor so you can look in those really fun blinding lights for half an hour. 3) If still nothing, dentist.
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Well, you really shouldn't start with a neurologist...and I believe most will require a referral anyway. And a CT scan shouldn't be your first go to either (unless you have the worst headache of your life...then do not pass go, go directly to the emergency room). And we wonder why our medical care costs so much.
We had a big forest fire here this summer and there was a lot of smoke in the air off and on for almost a month. I just figured that it was the smoke and it would go away when the smoke did.
When they didn't I finally went to my regular doctor. She said she had seen so many people with the same symptoms and it ended up being a sinus infection.
A course of antibiotics cleared it up.
I hope yours is that simple.
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My sinuses were just like that. No other symptoms except headaches that were killing me. I tried doing the nasal thing where you put salt water through, and they weren't blocked and no snot. They just were swollen and hurt. I could almost feel the swelling from allergies.
It could very well be sinus swelling. Sounds *just* like it. As a matter of fact, I'm sitting here right now waiting for my eyeballs to shoot out of my skull and slap into the laptop screen...the pain sucks. However mine is from a combo of swelling and dry sinus. (claritin works a tad too well sometimes, LOL)
But do try something for sinus pressure first before going full panic mode. The symptoms are identical and that could possibly be the culprit.
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