On the surface: I'm a 23 year old female in great health....Beneath the surface however, there has been something troubling me ever since I was a young kid (5 years old is about how far I back I can go--and I can remember the first known episode, too!)....Anyway, here's the problem: I have these PAINFUL! popping sensations in the back of my head--everytime it feels like someone took a hammer and bashed my head in; there's no warning signs (I can never predict when the next will happen or feel it coming on); it's like a water balloon burst followed immediately by a warm/burning-leaking sensation; I can't function because I'm consumed by the pain, which last anywhere from 30mins to 1hour+; it doesn't happen every day, but anywhere from 4-6ish times a year (with month(s) in between each episode). I haven't told my family members or friends, because I'm afraid of them judging me that I'm a hypochondriac; only my current boyfriend knows of my 'condition'...but that was by accident...We were just about to get initmate when "the pop" occurred (talk about a mood-killer). He doesn't know what to do/how to react, but is very concerned since we keep talking of marriage. And, just in case you were wondering, it doesn't matter what I'm doing--getting initmate, sitting on the couch watching tv, laying in bed, walking, playing sports, DRIVING! (yes it happened), etc. There's no particular activity that causes it. I've done some googling and "aneurysm" results comes up, it sounds like it could be, but it can't be that, because I've been dealing with this for 18 years! And, on the other end of the research spectrum, up comes "sinuses popping" or "tendons popping", but the inflicted persons do not complain of the pain--it's THAT part that seperates me, I believe, from the rest of those individuals--the pain--that's the part that's unbearable and the one major symptom that scares me....Now, I did go to the local ER back in 2008 because it was so bad (the pain didn't seem to go away) and I was so scared, but doctors only took X-rays (after I sat in the ER room for 3 hours) and told me that I was another migraine sufferer and discharged me. I know that an MRI or something like it would be my best bet to see what were the underlying causes that an X-ray can't pick up, but I don't have health insurance and I'm unemployed (that's what I get for going to an expensive college..but that's a totally different story) But back to my 'condition', I'm going to have to ride it out until I'm in a better financial situation; but if only I can have some clue or grasp of what's going on!! UGH!! Because I can't help but think that the "next pop" would be "the one" (meaning that I'll end up in the hospital from serious complications or just drop over dead)--I'm I crazy hypochondriac or do I have just reasons to be concern????