Increased intracranial pressure (Icp): Rise in pressure around your brain
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I was placed on one tab of Zyrtec nightly to assist with food intolerance, hives, that were eventually linked to gluten intolerance. I would also take 1/2 tab during the day if I had a reaction to a food or hives, all per Dr directive. In June of 2015 I noted I was experiencing increased headaches upon waking in the AM. I would have unbearable pressure in my frontal lobe areas if I bent over and noted increased difficulty with balance. This issue with balance resulted in my falling over a few times and injury such as broken rib. I also experienced increasing metallic taste and lessenning of smell. I had CT scans, MRI and lots of blood tests. I eventually ended up in the ER due to severity of headaches. Based on the MRI results showing an increased fluid around the brain, a spinal tap was performed to measure fluid pressure. The fluid exiting reading was within normal range but the headache that had me vomiting and crawling with pain totally stopped within seconds. The only contributor that the treatment group felt could be causing the cranial issue was the drug Zyrtec that I was taking within the past 2 years, supplemented with Tylenol for the increasing headaches. After an eventual complication with the spinal tap was dealt with, and I was directed to never take Zyrtec again, I have returned to normal brain scans for fluid content, no more headaches and I have absolutely no issues with balance. The metallic taste has disappeared and the sense of smell remains slightly affected.
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