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Trout
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   Posted 2/20/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with constant head pressure for 4 months now and it goes from lighter to heavy pressure pending stress level. The head pressure came on after a panic attack that woke me from sleeping. I woke up with a high heart rate feeling the need to get active or I may die. The fear and panic attack left me with high blood pressure for a while and has come down with treatment however the constant head pressure won't go away. The anxiety associated with the constant head pressure doesn't help the situation either. I read numerous posts from 2005 to 2008 that came from people experiencing similar issues but the forum stopped after that timeline. Has anyone found success relieving the constant head pressure sympton?

Batman55
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   Posted 2/20/2010 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm one of the folks who posted for a while on this topic.
 
I still have constant head pressure, in fact I've had it for 6 years now.  Mine is also associated with other symptoms, though, including some peculiar eye/visual issues, numbness/lack of sensation, massive brain fog/fatigue, and so on.  As the head pressure got slowly worse through the years, that's when the above-mentioned symptoms--and others--began appearing.  The good news is that many of these accompanying symptoms fluctuate and shift around, although my head pressure is steady, pretty much 24/7.
 
I haven't had tests done to look for the cause... no insurance.  But if you get any tests, or if you find anything that helps, please let us all know.

Trout
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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember your screen name and I'm sorry that you have dealt with this for so long. I had a similar occurence a year ago and the head pressure eventually went away. I have had three panic attacks or what i assume are panic attacks over the last week. I wake up around the same time out of my sleep, heart beating fast and I begin to feel some numbness in my fingers on one hand or sometimes a few fingers on both hands. When my heart rate goes down the numbness goes away but the head pressure is still there every day. I will seek a annual physical and have some blood work done. Will let you know if I find anything out.

Batman55
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   Posted 2/21/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
In two blood tests I had, 1.5 years apart, the only abnormality I can find is a high albumin/globulin ratio (a few points out-of-range, to the high end.)  This is apparently not a concern, though, as my doctor has not mentioned anything.  In my own research, the typical reason for high albumin is dehydration.  It's conceivable this test might be meaningless, too.
 
However I have some other oddities which could align themselves with dehydration.. one of them is foamy urine (I have it most days), the other is sometimes a dry mouth and unquenchable thirst.  So this makes me wonder if I could have some kind of nutrient defiency, apparently zinc and vitamin A deficiency can cause high albumin and/or dehydration.
 
let me know what they find on your blood test, if anything

Trout
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   Posted 3/28/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi All,

I had a physical this week and blood pressure was better 118/88 although I have still got head pressure it has lessened. I have reduced my alcohol intake to almost none, taken up walking/jogging a few times a week, reduced my on screen computer time, trying to wear my reading glasses less, taking a multi-vitamin and trying to increase my water consumption. The doctor prescribed Celexa for my panic attacks that I occasionally have while sleeping but I am uncomfortable with the list of side effects. The doctor thought that if the medication reduces my anxiety or stress then maybe the head pressure will continue to subside. I have never had any kind of epidural or injection, plus don't have vertigo, so I question the CSF leak as possible cause. What causes a CSF leak? Also does anyone have experience with Celexa?

 


badgenetics1
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
This seems to keep popping up with people with migraine issues, perhaps it is a poorly understood symptom of migraine. I too have this very severely at times. Additionally there seems to be a strong vestibular component to my migriane issues, so could be a link. Either way it sucks.

Batman55
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   Posted 4/2/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear badgenetics,
 
In your case, once you get the head pressure, how long does it last?
 
Does there appear to be any particular trigger for it?  Or does it only come around when you have classic migraine?
 
My head pressure is by itself, as it is rarely accompanied by an actual headache.  Also, I don't think I've ever had the terrible classic migraines that most people on this forum seem to have.

badgenetics1
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   Posted 4/4/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The Pressure in my head can last for days, there seems to be no trigger. I never correlated it to migraine except when the migraine treatment also treated the pressure in my head. It does not always work though. Also understand that I pretty much have textbook migraine with aura since I was 11 ....and some sort of vertigo since my early 20's, I am now 34.

badgenetics1
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   Posted 4/5/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
We all have "blood pressure" if we had none we would be dead. Our problem is a hyperactive CNS, nerves releasing pro-inflamatory cytokines at non-harmful stimuli, causing a cluster of symptoms.
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