Chronic IH Symptoms Introduction
Chronic intracranial hypertension can take a huge physical toll. A formerly active and productive person may become too sick to take part in daily tasks. Frequently, someone with chronic IH can appear outwardly well and is frustrated in attempting to convey his or her painful circumstances. Physicians are equally frustrated since they have so little to use to combat this disorder.
Most people with chronic IH experience three characteristic symptoms: severe headache; visual changes due to swollen optic nerves (papilledema); and a whooshing noise in one or both ears that is correlated with the pulse (pulse-synchronous tinnitus). While these three symptoms occur most frequently, it doesn’t mean that every person will have all of them. It is possible, for instance, to have chronic IH with pulsatile tinnitus and severe headache, but without papilledema.