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Old 01-01-2008, 12:17 PM #1
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Default Pain in temple area? tension head?anyone else?

I was working and got this pain in my left temple. I still have it now. Then I got dizzy and couldn't even talk to a co worker. Thought I would pass out. Couldn't tell you my name. I've had an mri of brain in the year and nothign showed. Can the tension from the neck and back cause this? I have tons of neck pain and am told i have bad arthritis as well as tos.

I'm just scared Its gonna happen again. something must be pushing on a blood vessel. I turned all white.

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i've had headaches that include the temples too and suffer from a combination of TOS and cervical issues. the headache and pain can definitely be part of either or both. but your symptoms sound severe. i hope that you will continue to try to find out what it is.
here's a website that talks about dizziness. have you seen an ENT? not that you should but that could be related to the dizziness and feeling faint. do you have ear pain or balance problems?

http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/index.html
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I have a little balance probs. I really think its my neck. I have an appointment with a neck and spine guy friday. I pray pray pray they can figure it out. I feel for you too.

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Yes, I get real sharp severe head pains accompanied by dizziness and sometimes rininging in ears and numb face. Not always, but often, a flare up follows soon after.

I really want to go to an ER when this happens (happened today) but I get too scared to be in an ER without someone who can be there to keep people from making things worse. I just can't think or speak when I'm like this.

praying for your situation and some relief to come to you soon!

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Thanks Anne. I'll be praying for you too. Massaging my temple and light neck stretches have seemed to help. Plus ice for sure has helped. good luck.
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Have you had migrane headaches before? Sometimes these sorts of things may have nothing at all to do with TOS. On the other hand, I am glad to hear you will be seeing a speicalist soon.

I have found that when I suggest a possible cause, (for this symptom or that), the Doc just focuses on what I said and would otherwise have not limited their thinking by a suggestion. In other words, they may have looked for other possibilities.

Anyway, I hope this is an isolated incident and will not reappear.

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It could be from triggerpoints too.
It's like a small knot{& very tender sore spot} in your muscle.
I even get them on my scalp.
Once I relax and do stretches they usually go away, if not then I do the trp pressure release on them.

you can experiment if you find sore spots to see if it helps or not.
there are a few places not to use pressure unless you are experienced (mainly arteries/veins and small bones in the throat)
read the links below for more info

Triggerpoints, referred pain and stretching info:
http://www.triggerpointbook.com/index.html
http://triggerpoints.net/_sgg/m1m1_1.htm
http://www.pressurepointer.com/pain_reference_chart.htm (this one uses a graph with clickable links and easy to understand}
http://altmedicine.about.com/library...ressure+points
http://www.drlowe.com./triggerpoint.htm
http://www.erikdalton.com/articleduramater.htm
http://deeptissue.com/articles/articles.html

When my RSI/TOS hit at the beginning I had bad dizzy spells, nausea & total fog brain - I was thinking "am I getting Alzheimer's, ADD and speaking problems all at once??" It was bad!
In my case I think it stemmed from the vertebral artery being affected by muscle spasms.
- because after good PT and off work those problems faded away.
My voice is still affected as far as singing - it is weak and falters after 3 songs or so.
http://tos-syndrome.com/newpage12.htm
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I don't actually get headaches. Just a little lately. I will definetely look into trigger points. thanks
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well i had to come home from work again. something just isn't right. When i really think back about things i can't do it and get dizzy or disoriented. Made an appt for another mri. Just wonder if its tos related. I can still feel this dumb pain in my temple. Maybe the muscles around my head are just so tight its pushing on my brain.

Ever heard of this?
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thunder92,

Whenever I have headaches in my temples it's usually caused by my tmj disorder-temporal mandibular joint disorder-the joint connecting your upper jaw to the lower jaw. This is caused by clenching or grinding your teeth at night. Over time the cartilage will be worn away and inflammation sets in. I have been treated with codeine and steroid packs for this it is so bad at times, along with muscle relaxants.
I don't know if I should consider this a good thing or not but I can now assimilate my different types of headaches and remind myself how to treat them. Migraines in the center of forehead-blood pressure high, temples-TMJ, and back of head where it meets the neck-occipital headaches caused by our demon, TOS.
Hope you can get some answers on your doctor visit Friday...

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