I have recently been experiencing some rather strange symptoms that worry me a bit. I am currently abroad, so I want to avoid going to the doctor if possible, but I will go if I have to.
Any time I lie down, I start to feel a strange pressure at the base of my skull that slowly becomes painful. It is the same feeling whether or not I use 0 pillows, 1 pillow, or 2 pillows. The pressure oddly almost seems to move into my sinuses after a while. Sometimes it also eventually transforms into a headache. The pain is not all that bad, but it is enough that I have a very difficult time sleeping and am generally exhausted all day every day. Ibuprofen helps some, but does not fix the problem.
I had a somewhat similar problem about a year ago, and my doctor diagnosed me with a neck strain and gave me muscle relaxers. By the time I was done with that prescription, the neck pain was gone and I didn't have any more problems until recently.
This might just be a neck strain again, assuming it is possible to get one from an awful sleeping situation. I have been sleeping on an awful bed with awful pillows for about 4 months, and when I first got here my neck was always sore when I woke up. Either way, the symptoms are so strange that it is starting to trouble me. Last time I had neck problems, it was just straight up pain and stiffness, not this strange feeling of building pressure.
Has anyone ever experienced this odd symptom and know what problem they have/had?
Thanks for your help!