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Tom200001
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   Posted 9/24/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same issue of Pressure/Tightness on the head for more than 12 years and this is in the
head  always. I am sure the intensity could vary for different people.
 
I always had difficulty in explaining the condition to the doctors. It is the feeling on the head
like, after you remove a heavy hat after wearing for a long time. Or like you had too many drinks
and had no sleep for couple days. It is around the head, mainly upper fore head, behind the head and right side of the face.
There is a feeling of tightness also on the muscle under and corner of the right side of
the right eye.
 
From the beginning itself I had floaters in the eye, astigmatism (2 eyes have different power).
If I press on certain spots (nodes) behind my neck (Skull meets neck), I can feel the pain.

Never smoked or had any exposure to drugs. I try to do some neck exercises etc.
 
I had been to neurologist twice. The last Doctor was very good and tried everything including CT scan,
MRI of the brain and neck etc. All came normal. Doctor also had me go to the Chiropractor for the neck.
 
I have a feeling that is some nerve jammed somewhere sending this false message to the brain.
The doctor advised me at the end to ignore this and get on with life as nothing was diagnosed or critical.
 
I don't think about it but always looking for an end to this feeling and have a 100% productive life
as this has an impact on my work, career growth, attending meetings, memory, learning new stuff etc.

I know this is not a life threatening issue but is nuisance and becomes issue thinking about it
and has an impact.
 
Please feel free to share any positive findings.

Tom

mgran
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   Posted 9/27/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i been diagnosed with migraine 2 yrs ago. headache everyday, on anti-depressant to help me sleep, but other symptom s develops, floaters, a hump on my neck, tingling & numbness, swelling, nauseous,poor memory, etc. had many test but all came back nothing's wrong with me. going for neck mri soon, hope they can find something soon and fixed it. i am darn too tired to work and finding excuses to quit my job, which i can't afford to lose. sorry for not able to help. just keep fighting!

Batman55
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   Posted Yesterday 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the constant head pressure too.  Please let us know if you make any progress with yours.

carlitoyap
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
to

: Mr Tom 20001

I have the same sickness ( tightness of the head, nerves twisting in the head ) for more than 10 years. 2 years ago, my doctors prescribed XANAX 0.5mg . It worked wonderful for the 1st year but as our body get

tolerant to the drug, I am now taking twice the dosage. I have also tried LUVOX but it is not effective . I believe you suffer from anxiety or a lack of serotinin in the brain.

Katy_T
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   Posted 12/14/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tom,
 
I experience the same types of symptoms as you in some of my headache episodes and I feel your pain (literally and figuratively!) about the impacts to your life.
 
After working with who I consider to be one of the best headache specialists around, I was diagnosed with several conditions - one of which was occipital neuralgia. I've linked this to a google search - read up about it and see what you think. Might be worth talking to your neurologist about. I get what they call occipital nerve blocks and it really makes a huge difference for me.
 
Good luck! Don't give up!
 

NOTE: I also have chronic daily migraines, daily headaches that aren't migraines and a few other types of neuralgia. It was difficult to separate and analyze all my symptoms to get to a definitive diagnosis of my different conditions and took over a year of treatment trials (medication, naturopathic and lifestyle) to get to a manageable place, BUT I have my life back.


Mikey666
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   Posted 12/27/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I've had migraines and cluster headaches all my life. Now I'm 32 and I'm used to it. There can be a gap of 2 years between these things or a time where several overlap - one starts before the last one finishes.

More recently is this constant pressure problem. It's not as painful as the other types, but it never stops. I go to sleep and wake up with this condition. It's slightly worse after an active session at the gym. It's not quite bad enough to stop me doing anything, but as an ultimate irony, it's got to be the most frustrating annoyance these days. The background, backburner headache. Feels maybe a bit like congestion, but more familiar like migraine without the visuals, sound effects or tactile stuff. If I keep busy I can ignore it, but perhaps not the lovliest person to be around sometimes

Luv yas

jmith
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   Posted 1/8/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I too suffer from these issues, its weird it sounds identical to me. i have had all the tests you've had and all came out with no real answer to why. i ve been told its anxiety related but still dont know . im currently taking buspirone for anxiety and seeing an accupuncturist maybe this will help i hope !!!

Bob_NJ
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   Posted 1/27/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had this same symptom for a couple of days all day long. Its like a hand is pressing
lightly on the top of my head, and a feeling of tightness from an inch above my
forehead to the center top of my head (almost like a sunburn - but I've been wearing
a hat all winter). Also feels like I have a light book sitting on my head.

I found another site where more than a dozen people posted the same symptoms from
2004 to 2008. No one figured it out. Only 2 people felt better - one took Zanax and
another took breaks from his computer monitor every few hours.

In my case it may be food related, or related to a blow on the head I got several weeks ago, or maybe a sinus or gum condition, or a skin problem (pimple, ingrown hair, dry scalp),
or being on the computer too long, or sitting in a draft. Like others, I really don't know.

I have no other symptoms, my pupils are not dilated, my blood pressure, hearing and vision are OK, I can bend over and rise without any pain or dizziness.

Whatever it is I will live with it and either it will go away or I'll get used to it. My confidence in medicine finding the cause of vague chronic symptoms is basically none.

LEMONMUFF
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   Posted 1/28/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All, I'm new to the group, but so glad to find this forum.  I too have been experiencing the same issues with constant pressure and fullness that is 24/7.  It happened within 24 hrs after delivering my second son.  It has been 10 months now.  I don't have any "migraine" type headaches or symptoms.  If anything it seems more like tension type headaches that I get. Although I also have the eye floaters that came around the same time.  I had all tests and scans, all normal.  I also had 9 chiro sessions, 16 accupunture sessions, massage, physical therapy with no results.  I was on Paxil for 6 months with no change.  I did try xanax .5 each night with no real change.  I did try Topamax, Neurontin, flexeral, with no results, although I was only on them each for about 2 weeks.  I just didn't like the side effects to continue.  I think these meds would do more for pain, but what I want is something to "lift" this heavy pressure feeling.  I've been reading more about Magnesium..has anyone tried it?

tysmyboo
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   Posted 1/29/2009 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Tom and Katy (specifically)
 I have been diagnosed with OCCIPITAL NEURALGIA, and have had radiofrequency nerve ablation and have had great success with that. a lot of the symptoms I have sound like what you are talking about. Google occipital neuralgia and see if it sounds right.
 
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Bob_NJ
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   Posted 1/31/2009 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad to report that since my post 3 days ago I am OK now. SInce I wasn't sure
what was causing the pressure / tightness on top of my head I just did everything
I thought could help any possible cause. Here's what I did:

In case it was a scalp problem or caused by dryness due to the extra forced air
heating, I applied a light coat of Neosporin on my scalp a couple of times a day.
The first few applications stung a bit, so maybe that was it.

I had started a new beverage - raspberry flavored vodka with pomegranate juice.
Thinking I might be allergic to the raspberry extract (or had too much of it) I
stopped using the flavored vodka.

I had been eating a lot of canned fish, so I cut down on that, in case of some
allergic reaction.

I also took a break from the computer and cut down on the hours I spent on it.

The symptoms I had experienced constantly for three days, lessened on
the fifth day and disappeared entirely yesterday.

Post Edited (Bob_NJ) : 1/30/2009 10:51:49 PM (GMT-7)


Bob_NJ
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   Posted 2/1/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
When I am really dragging I will take 500mg of magnesium for a boost. It works for
me. I don't use it more than one or two days in a row because I believe I get
edgy. But when I am just dragging it works for me.

Bob

[quote=. I've been reading more about Magnesium..has anyone tried it?

green tea
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   Posted 2/9/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   

I am new to this site.  I am having pressure in the top of my head on the right side.  It is always in the same spot.  It lasts all day like every hour it happens. Sometimes it feels that something is going to pop out.  I also have a feeling of cold in my head.  I am afraid to go to the doctor, they will want to do a brain scan and all other tests and I am afraid that the results will be bad.

This just started last week.  Has anyone experienced these symptoms.  I am very scared.


Rooster427
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok this is especially for the lady that experienced symptoms aftr childbirth but I think it can apply to everyone. Find a very good headache specialist and ask him about csf leaks (cerebrospinalm fluid leaks). Most doctors only believe you can get these from lumbar punctures, hence the lady that got symptoms after birth pay attention. Usually after a lumbar puncture the headache will be so painful meaning a big leak that can easily be found with CT mylogram. However lately doctors have been finding that pinhole leaks can occur spontaneously or after head injury. These will not be found on CT myleogram(CT of spine) and can be cured with a blood patch. ask your neurologist about this. Does your headache get better when you lie down? Does caffeine seem to decrease the pressure? I dont mean a cup of coffe I mean like 4 or a few shots of expresso. Caffeine raises your spinal fluid pressure and should make you feel better. Let me know if you have any questions my e-mail is droos@live.com

washburn
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   Posted 2/20/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
GREEN TEA:
did you look at my thread about headaches on the right side of head? is it similar?
here it is: I am also worried.
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=31&m=1390506

Batman55
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   Posted 2/21/2009 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Rooster427 said...
Ok this is especially for the lady that experienced symptoms aftr childbirth but I think it can apply to everyone. Find a very good headache specialist and ask him about csf leaks (cerebrospinalm fluid leaks). Most doctors only believe you can get these from lumbar punctures, hence the lady that got symptoms after birth pay attention. Usually after a lumbar puncture the headache will be so painful meaning a big leak that can easily be found with CT mylogram. However lately doctors have been finding that pinhole leaks can occur spontaneously or after head injury. These will not be found on CT myleogram(CT of spine) and can be cured with a blood patch. ask your neurologist about this. Does your headache get better when you lie down? Does caffeine seem to decrease the pressure? I dont mean a cup of coffe I mean like 4 or a few shots of expresso. Caffeine raises your spinal fluid pressure and should make you feel better. Let me know if you have any questions my e-mail is droos@live.com
Caffeine makes head pressure worse for me, and so does lying down.  I have a lot of trouble sleeping because of it.  What could this mean?

Rooster427
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure but I would like to talk to you further about your symptoms as many of our experiences are the same. I would like o know more of your symptoms especially when this all started. Shoot me an e-mail.

Batman55
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   Posted 2/24/2009 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Rooster427 said...
I am not sure but I would like to talk to you further about your symptoms as many of our experiences are the same. I would like o know more of your symptoms especially when this all started. Shoot me an e-mail.
How would this help?  In the five years of researching my problem on the internet, and even discussing it with others who have it, I have not received one useful piece of advice.  Nothing suggested has worked.
 
There are the suggestions of getting the expensive medical tests, which I would do if I had the insurance, but other than that this whole self-research thing has made me jaded.

green tea
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Washburn,
 
I read your post on headaches.  MY symptons are similar but its not a headache.  It also feels like a throb like my brain is expanding in that area. It only lasts a second.   I am not dizzy, vision is good and no headaches. Did your GP want to do all kinds of tests on you?  I also notice that it happens more when I am on the computer and when I think about it.  I have Xanex 0.25mg low dose I was thinking of trying that. It did go away for aout 2 weeks and now it is starting up again.
 
I try not to think about it.  I did go to the chiropractor and he say it could be coming from the nerves in my neck.  I will try that, I really am afraid of medical Drs. 
There are times that it feels like my hair is standing on end, like chills on my scalp.

Squeeze in The Head
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   Posted 7/10/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Tom200001 said...
I have the same issue of Pressure/Tightness on the head for more than 12 years ... around the head, mainly upper fore head, behind the head and right side of the face.... a feeling of tightness also on the muscle under and corner of the right side of
the right eye.

Tom, I have similar issues here. And I have also a feeling of being besides myself and slow-thinking, somehow in a way that's disproportionate to pain itself (the tightness feeling deep inside my forehead).

Tom200001 said...

I have a feeling that is some nerve jammed somewhere sending this false message to the brain.

There are rare problems in the nose cavity that in fact do just that. Something called a contact point headache has to do with cartilage or bones that are gnawing at each other and pressing nerves.

It's hard to find any info on this, but try Nose and sinus headaches without (or with) sniffles. The test is straightforward, it's just a question of numbing the inside of the nose with cotton balls soaked in something anesthetic. Most ENTs would have no clue about what to do it seems.

ekmk
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   Posted 7/22/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had head tingling (like bugs crawling under my skin), tightness on my forhead (like I have my hair up to tight) with off and on headaches for a a few months. I had fallen and hit my head pretty hard, but I got a MRI and nothing was on it. It's not constant but it's off and on all day almost everyday. My doctors keeps on telling me that he will refer me to a neurologist but hasn't yet. I'm concerned because it's lasted for so long and nothing like this has happened to me before (I am 25). Any suggestions on what it may be or ways to make it stop! and if I should find neurologist by myself since he seems to think it's not necessary.

handover23
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   Posted 11/25/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All who have posted their problems here regarding tightness of head.
I have a quick and easy solution for this..
Breathe deeply for 5 minutes and you will feel that the tightness has eased to some extent..
if you have time refer ALOM VILOM PRANAYAMA.. it is an excellent cure

samantha kailin
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   Posted 11/27/2010 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
hi !! i am also a prisoner of migraines but it have been 2 years since i get my last migraines..so i hope it will help you all and share my remedies to prevent migraines..
 
good luck to all !!
 
 
since i have already write in my blog, it would be easier then typing it all over again..
just don't take anything that stimulates your stomach..

bs
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   Posted 12/8/2010 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having this tightness in my head (but not associated by headaches) and really cannot fall asleep for long hours as I also have ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Even when I fall asleep, I wake up so often and during the day I am all the way tired and can't talk as my jaw starts to feel tight.

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   Posted 2/21/2011 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Tom,
This thread is old, but I was wondering how you got on? Any relief?

I have had constant pressure in my head now for about 2 years, its ruining my life. I spent 5 years at college/uni getting good qualifications, but now I'm thick as ****. I cannot remember anything, I'm constantly dizzy, light headed - foggy.

I have constant pressure in the top right hand side of my head. It throbs when I bend down, and occasionally its like a get hit with a dagger in the same spot. I went to a Neuro about this, he said it was IcePick headaches. But, I do no think this is the case. They frequently happen near the temple and with regular occurrence. I have only had 5 of these attacks, but they are always in the same spot I get my pressurized dull ach. I think its this dull ache that causes them.

This constant pressure is not overly painful - its just annoying and makes me feel all floaty. I had an MRI a year ago, and nothing. But the constant pressure in my head is getting worse. I can now feel it behind my right eye, in my ear.. Speaking to the Dr's they just basically think its all in my head - but not in the way I want them to think! shakehead

The constant pressure is there 24/7 - like someones holding down their thumb on my head. I never get headaches, I never get migraines - just this darn floating feeling and the pressure. If I push on my right temple, if feels like this activates my pressure spot on my brain. This leads me to think its a vessel issue. Not sure, but I'm going to Dr's again about it. I don't care if they think I'm making it all up..

Anyway, how it going now.

Spencer
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