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Old 04-28-2016, 11:07 AM
 
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When I get a full stomach, my nose starts running and I get stuffed up. I also have mild gastroparesis from that, it takes my stomach twice as much time to empty.


Could yours be a more aggressive problem?
I used to not be able to breathe as clearly on a full stomach, but that was attributed to GERD and "fixed" with Prilosec. My nose is not stuffed up at all, that's the weird part - it's actually the clearest it's been in years.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:15 AM
 
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I used to not be able to breathe as clearly on a full stomach, but that was attributed to GERD and "fixed" with Prilosec. My nose is not stuffed up at all, that's the weird part - it's actually the clearest it's been in years.
I'm just brainstorming. I don't think the symptoms have to be identical to be related.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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I'm just brainstorming. I don't think the symptoms have to be identical to be related.
I gotcha. They do seem to be diametrically opposed, though. It really doesn't feel like it's tied to food consumption - i.e. today the symptoms started before I ate.
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:53 AM
 
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Got the glasses. Questioning how much they will help this specific issue, considering the cramping in my nose started an hour after I woke up today, but if they help out with my eyesight long-term, still could be money well-spent.
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Old 05-01-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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Got the glasses. Questioning how much they will help this specific issue, considering the cramping in my nose started an hour after I woke up today, but if they help out with my eyesight long-term, still could be money well-spent.
Have you actually been to the eye doctor? I ask because I have some similar issues to yours and have an eye disorder that causes my eyes to cross when I read or look at anything close. Since I already wear glasses, what helps me is progressive lenses or multifocal contact lenses. This has kept me from having a headache that occurs later on during the day due to muscle strain. In my case, it was an optometrist who diagnosed me probably in my mid-20s, even though I'd been going to ophthalmologists since I was a young child.

That's not to say it helps with all my headache issues because I have several different types as well, each with its own symptoms. I can empathize because it's very frustrating to have to deal with all the different problems. I am on a migraine prevention medication now, flonase, the night guard, the glasses, exercise 5x a week, have wood floors to try to maintain a dust-free environment, etc. The problems are definitely better now than they were before, but with stress the headaches get worse and also this time of year is particularly bad for the sinus issues.
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Old 05-01-2016, 08:59 PM
 
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Have you actually been to the eye doctor? I ask because I have some similar issues to yours and have an eye disorder that causes my eyes to cross when I read or look at anything close. Since I already wear glasses, what helps me is progressive lenses or multifocal contact lenses. This has kept me from having a headache that occurs later on during the day due to muscle strain. In my case, it was an optometrist who diagnosed me probably in my mid-20s, even though I'd been going to ophthalmologists since I was a young child.
I have not, but I definitely feel like my eyes are involved in some way as I definitely "feel" them, if that makes sense. Muscle strain sounds very plausible (and has actually been mentioned to me by another friend with a similar issue). I have asked to be referred to an optometrist and an ophthalmologist, so hopefully I will be able to get an appointment soon.
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That's not to say it helps with all my headache issues because I have several different types as well, each with its own symptoms. I can empathize because it's very frustrating to have to deal with all the different problems. I am on a migraine prevention medication now, flonase, the night guard, the glasses, exercise 5x a week, have wood floors to try to maintain a dust-free environment, etc. The problems are definitely better now than they were before, but with stress the headaches get worse and also this time of year is particularly bad for the sinus issues.
Oooph...yep, I can definitely say that I feel your pain without being hyperbolic or facetious in any way. Sounds very similar to my situation even though I try not to take meds (from what I discovered, ibuprofen does help, but I don't want it as my long-term solution). The nasal issue has been total news to me and flonase doesn't seem to help at all. Like I said, the clearer my sinuses are, the more pain I'm in and that makes zero sense. Like, over the last couple of days it's rained and I've been a little bit stuffed up - and mostly symptom-free. Bizarre.
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Old 05-02-2016, 03:19 AM
 
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I'm extremely frustrated and so far have had no luck getting any help from either my internist or specialists, so I'm now appealing to the collective wisdom of C-D. I'll try to make it as brief as possible so as not to overwhelm. These issues may or may not be related, but in order to paint a holistic picture I'll list them all.

Vitals: 33-year-old male, decent physical shape (5 ft. 7, 150, almost-daily exercise, no smoking, virtually no drinking, no recreational drugs of any kind), office job.

0. I lived in L.A. for 14 years before moving to VA for school (for 2 years) and MI/PA for work (currently live in MI). During my first winter in the Midwest, I started having symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, so I've been taking Vitamin D almost daily now for three years and change. Have been under quite a bit of job- and family-related stress in the last year, so I'm sure it's not helping any of the points below.

00. About eight years ago I was diagnosed with TMJ. Have worn a mouth guard when sleeping on and off.

1. A year ago, while at the gym, I pulled my right shoulder while doing shrugs. The pain gradually went away but not entirely. I went to physical therapy and it didn't really help.

2. While in said physical therapy I had a bad migraine episode bad enough to require an ER visit. Loss of peripheral vision, tingling in limbs, aura, loss of coherence (which I was more than keenly aware of at the time and which, to a much milder degree still sometimes reoccurs), the works. Ambulance driver let slip something like: "Well, looks like the early onset of MS." CAT scan, MRI - all negative. Was given prescription for sumatriptan and advised to take it whenever symptoms start. Luckily those same symptoms have not reoccurred; I have taken it on occasion for bad headaches, but it doesn't do anything. Saw a neurologist, she said it's probably related to stress in my neck and shoulders.

3. Last fall I started having symptoms that were eventually diagnosed as reactive hypoglycemia: getting really sleepy with my temples feeling like they are in a vice grip, usually after lunch. Tried messing around with my diet, the worst of the symptoms gradually went away but not entirely. Did a 5-hour glucose test, didn't really show anything except the fact that my sugar levels fluctuated around 90 in a fashion opposite of normal (i.e. spiked late and then fell). Got a thyroid and insulin test - all normal. Meanwhile, I will often feel lightheaded in the afternoon, like one would with a low blood sugar level.

4. Started trying to take care of the shoulder, went to a chiro. After a bunch of sessions, I'm not really any better than when I've started in that I don't have constant pain, but putting even a little bit of effort on that shoulder results in soreness. Meanwhile, the crick in my neck on the same right hand side that has come and gone over the past few years flares up every so often (often after adjustments). MRIs and x-rays all negative.

5. Around this same time (the worst pretty much accumulated around this last winter), after years of occasional heartburn, started having symptoms of not just heartburn, but also excessive saliva, trouble swallowing, etc. Had an upper GI, was diagnosed with GERD and mild gastritis, given a prescription for Prilosec, which actually does seem to be helping (been taking it for a bit over a month now).

6. Finally, in the most recent development, I've been having, on an almost-daily basis, headaches of a different variety. Basically, they feel like cramps in my head (similar sensation to either strained facial muscles after laughing too hard, lactic acid buildup in shoulders when you run or, pardon the visual, being kicked in the balls, only if the sensation is in my head), which start around the temples and radiate to the nose and cheeks, then spreads to shoulders and neck. Gradually goes away, basically like another similar sensation - an ice cream headache - but does linger longer than that. Sometimes also accompanied by similar feelings in my stomach. I just came off one of the worst episodes ever, actually, which is prompting this post - can't take it anymore. My neurologist has basically said that this is all related to stress in my shoulders and neck and recommended physical therapy. I recommended that she... Well, let's not go there. Did a little bit of research and it sounds like it's possible that these are side effects from the Prilosec. Going to try to drop it for a week and see what happens.

Any of this ring a bell? I know I need to find a good internist and neurologist (so far zero luck), but I'm exhausted from all of this and just want to know I'm not alone and that this can have a resolution of some sort. Just went on vacation and the symptoms were largely reduced (though never went away completely - they generally take a back seat if I am active and I usually walk around a lot on vacations) but as soon as I came back home, boom, there they come again. Any time I sit at my computer at home or at work or drive, or am not very active, I may as well lie down and fall asleep.
You have a lot of vague, non-specific complaints that do not represent a syndrome but do indicate anxiety and neurosis. You hyperfocus on trivial body sensations. Reflux, muscle pulls, tension headaches and migraines are commonplace. In all honesty, is there something in your life, some big issue, that you are avoiding? Are you hyperfocusing on health so that you can avoid some big emotional, financial, relational, or other type of issue? Just think about it, no need to answer.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:02 AM
 
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You have a lot of vague, non-specific complaints that do not represent a syndrome but do indicate anxiety and neurosis. In all honesty, is there something in your life, some big issue, that you are avoiding?
I'm trying very hard not to sound snarky and ungrateful, but a few (thankfully only a few) people in this thread, yourself included, are mixing armchair psychology and gaslighting in trying to convince me that my issue is not worth bothering with other than to "chill out, man". How much of what you wrote here do you truly think is helpful?
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You hyperfocus on trivial body sensations. Reflux, muscle pulls, tension headaches and migraines are commonplace.
I don't "hyperfocus" on anything and what I'm experiencing is certainly not "trivial" (it might be for you, in which case...good for you, you must be much tougher than me) in that they interfere with my daily life and are something I'd never experienced before (certainly not all together at once). The fact that these symptoms are commonplace don't mean that they are, quote, "normal". My reflux, while annoying, is being managed fine as I've written before. Muscle pulls are common, true, but most muscle pulls don't take years to heal (and physical therapy generally tends to help, not make things worse). And daily headaches and migraines (if, indeed, migraines are what I'm experiencing) are certainly not commonplace.
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Are you hyperfocusing on health so that you can avoid some big emotional, financial, relational, or other type of issue?
Thanks, I'm not looking for a life coach just now. You know nothing about me apart from what I've shared here, but somehow you are thinking that you have gathered enough information to suggest there are bigger underlying issues. There aren't - certainly not enough to cause all this. Want to talk "common"? Mortgages, families and work are common and they all come with stressful events, but those events don't always cause daily headaches that just suddenly pop up. I'm not saying that I think I'm about to drop dead - I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable physical explanation for all that I'm experiencing and what a few folks here have pointed out has been tremendously helpful in steering my MD in the right direction in hopefully finding and fixing it.

Did you even bother reading the thread? The fact that you chose to quote my first post suggests that perhaps you didn't. Again, I apologize for sounding like a jerk, but this has been going on for the better part of the last year and it's wearing me out - and people like you, who think that they've solved the mystery by pointing out that I need to identify the source of stress in my life and get rid of it are compounding it.
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:49 PM
 
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Went to a chiropractor today. Knock wood, this one seems like he actually focuses on his patients individually rather than run them through an assembly line process like my previous two. He found my most painful spots almost immediately, as well (on the right side of the bridge of my nose, on the base of my neck and on my right shoulder), so this all may be nerve-related after all.
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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There are some really helpful chiropractors out there. I had a great one years ago and due to the long drive had to give him up...but he does muscle testing and goes extra miles with his patients...he found how SOY was messing up my thyroid and causing my THEN relenting fatigue. SOY a whole other story being pushed down the throats of unsuspecting population. One is very fortunate when we FIND an issue that is doing us damage.

I go for my first D.O. 90 minute session today and we shall see how this gentle work will help my advanced OA body.

I know two highly respected alternative doctors who have helped me so much, one is a D.O. (Dr. Mercola) the other a Chiropractor (Dr. David Williams) and YES, they have made a business and good livings, but they have helped so many people with their knowledge. Dr. Williams woke me up to the Vit D deficiency and the necessity for Iodine -- just 2 he's written about for years in his Alternatives Newsletter.

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