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   Posted 9/27/2012 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi I suffered from headaches and dizziness all my life. 5 years ago I discovered that I was Salicylate Intolerant, allergic to aspirin and all foods containing salicylates. Aspirin is a salicylate that comes form the bark of the willow tree. All plants produce salicylates as a natural insecticide. It is in things likes fruit,most vegetables, tomato sauce, olive oil and many more. Theres a good list of foods in the book,"Salicylate Intolerance and The Healthier I Ate the Sicker I Got."

Right before I hit bottom I had such a pain in my right eye that I went for a CAT scan to rule out a tumor. Once I went on a low sal diet I got rid of my headaches,sizziness, nausea, neck pain, arthritis, asthma, dry eyes, nosebleeds, swollen glands and a foggy headed feeling.
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My headaches always used to start in my eyes and moving them back and forth was very painful and nauseating. This food intolerance really affects the muscles of the eyes as well as the ears, causing clogged pain and sometimes ringing in ears.
No one should just accept a diagnosis of Migraine Headaches or Fibromyalgia when they can prevent them by finding out whats causing them. Its usually a food intolerance. Unfortunately there is no test for Salicylate Intolerance because it isnt an allergy. You have to go off the foods that are high and very high in sals and see how you feel. Good luck, Joan

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   Posted 2/27/2013 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I have been experiencing the same things. I also have double vision in my peripheral vision. I've been very persistent and decided to get an out of state second opinion. I live in Vegas and decided I would drive to California where I finally had received a diagnosis of "fibromyalgia"! All my symptoms including the pressure in my head. The disorder is different for everyone. I now take vitamin supplements, eat healthier, exercise lightly (15 min cardio), niacin and fish oil pills and make sure I get plenty of sun light. Surprisingly it really helps Alot. It takes a few weeks to kick in though. I start slacking on my vitamins, fish oil pills and exercising and all symptoms came back....very devasting. It took 3 weeks to get back on track. Since then, I haven't had an episode. Also your sinuses can play a part in having pressure in the back of your head. Do yourselves a favor and google fibromyalgia. Let me know if this helps or if any questions. I have seen a chiropractor, nuerologist, ear, nose, and throat doctor, heart doctor, therapist (CBT), Opthamologist, and Nuero Opthamologist. I've been to the emergency room over 25 times in a six month period. I went so much I was told don't go unless I pass out lol. Be encourage and fight for answers

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   Posted 3/12/2013 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone
I am 25 and for the past year have been experiencing severe presssure headaches mostly after exercise. I get shooting pains in the back of my necks and down my spine when I attempt to stand up, and a throbbing pressure in my head with ringing in my ears. All these symptoms are simultaneous. I have had several tests including an MRI which came back saying that I have a slit in my spinal cord. The neurologist says he doesn't think that the slit in my spinal cord is the cause of my symptoms and he thinks the slit was something I was born with. I am loosing my mind. I have cut out all physical activity because of the pain I suffer after the fact.I've tried physio acupuncture and massage therapy as well. Can anyone help?

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   Posted 3/13/2013 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have had the same symptoms as you, I am sorry you are so bad. I have been put on a preventative med called Epilim 100mg. I started this last week, I started on 1 pill a day for 10days, then 2 pills a day for 10 days, then up to 3 pills a day. I got so worried abt it all & the pain in my head,I thought I was going to die. I have had all the tests to check out if any problems, MRI, CT Scan, Blood Tests, ECG, seen ENT Dr., but no one could tell me what was wrong. I have finally been seen by a General Physician.

Things that would trigger it was watching TV, or light, loud noises, stress, some times even weather has triggered it. Dr told me to also take Paracetamol every 2 hours & Aspirin Clear every 2 hours, as in, take paracetamol at 10am, Aspirin at 12pm, Paracetamol again at 2pm, then Aspirin again at 4pm. My last Migraine lasted for 36 hours then I have the hangover the next day. I have been getting them for a long time but have got worse over the past year due to stress.

I was also an athlete at a high level & after some games was totally worn out & exhausted, which was unusual for me.

I hope this helps & you find some relief soon.


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   Posted 6/20/2013 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I just read through this post. I have similar problems which only started recently. I am pretty healthy and walk a lot but I have been very stressed recently, but that is not the first time I have been stressed. Life has stressful times for all of us! These will pass.
I have no anxiety issues that I am aware of. I did pass out a month or so ago whilst out at an event which was a first - but I had not eaten much that day at all, I am naturally skinny and that is probably the reason - no great mystery, if you don't eat and keep pushing yourself then by 10pm you may well feel dizzy and pass out. It seemed a logical reason although it had not happened before.
Since then, however, I have felt very dizzy most of the time. It has gone away for the odd hour but then it is back. I also feel exhausted, but then I am very tired as I am setting up my own business and have the normal stress and lack of sleep whilst lying in bed worrying about various matters and a lack of money!
But other than almost constant dizziness and tiredness, I cannot personally relate to many of the things written in this post, although I genuinely sympathise.
I have just read elsewhere that sitting in a position all day, or for many hours, with tense shoulders can cause my symptoms. This is what someone posted elsewhere 'The symptoms I had were off balance feeling, head pressure, headaches, dizzy spells, concentration problems, terrible memory problems, I felt like I was losing it.'
This can be all be down to bad posture and tense shoulders which affects the blood supply directly to the back of the head and causes the above. I am going out now to buy a decent chair to sit on and work from home on. I have also done these neck stretches sitting here ([head] forward hold 10 secs, back hold 10 secs, hold left side of head and take head down to relaxed shoulder hold 10 secs, then same to the right). These have helped a little bit but I am sitting here tense again, its become a default posture sitting here all day. I need to sort it out.
I think this is often about how we are sitting, so many of us working on computers nowadays. If you are working in an office, demand a proper chair (its a legal right in UK anyway) and set it up properly. If, like me, you are perched on wooden chair that is too low and sit with permanently hunched shoulders, tensed up (and without thinking much of it), I think (and hope) that is your problem. Nothing more.
Hope this helps someone. God Bless. turn



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   Posted 6/24/2013 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Well it seems that if I can say you are experiencing a nervous tension experience from something, If you lie down it seems to go away, when this happens you seem to relax and be ok... soo...

somehow in the back of your mind it seems , getting up is seeming to be associated with perhaps stress and additionally anxiety conditions... if you are not happy about some things or events in your life , perhaps its time to begin the simple task of questioning, why you feel what you are feeling as you rise each day...a few positive thoughts or poems lines or scripture text may be a good way to begin your day, ok.

Thoughts are so strange sometimes, especially in preparing us for each moment and lifes experiences. I suggest overall a change in food eating or lifestyle habits you can look at these too...but the answer may be right in front of you even how you are coping or handling events...Remember "you are fearfully and Wonderfully made", do your best to enjoy all of your life, ok and be as well as you can, its easier as you learn to surrender to a good and promising Life from our Creator, ok.DV.

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   Posted 9/4/2013 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! I didn't realize how many people have the same pain I do! I am 33 and suffer from regular migraines since I was 10. I just recently began getting pressure and pain in the back of my head/neck a month ago. This pain and pressure is totally different from the migraines I get. I can handle the migraines I normally get, but this pain is something else! I had pain and pressure so bad that I was rushed to the ER where they did a CT and found a cyst on the back of my head near my neck. I was sent to a neurologist who was supposed to be the best. He said I have probably had this cyst since I was born or young and it probably had nothing to do with it. Yet, I have had several CT,MRI,EEG and dye exams for my regular migraines, not one dr. said I had a cyst. I was so frustrated cause he tried to just give me medication I have already used for my regular migraines( which I have those under control without medication) and said he doesn't know what's wrong with me. So I went and got a second opinion. I'm Native American but I don't use the hospitals provided for us because I have excellent insurance and usually you're there all day. I decided to give them a try. Within one day of being there they already gave me hope. I haven't seen the neurologist yet but the Dr I seen understood what I was saying and said there had to be something wrong. about two weeks ago my vision started getting blurry. So they sent me to the optometrist. They did every test they could. They couldn't really give me any answers to why my vision is that way, but they gave me glasses to relieve the blurriness and said they will be working with my dr and neurologist to get an answer. So I am hoping they find out soon. But I can totally sympathize with you guys. It's not fun feeling this way. shakehead shakehead

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   Posted 9/14/2013 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I hope everyone who has headaches will try a reputable acupuncturist or a well-recommended chiropractor...Sometimes, just a curve in the neck, a vertebrae that's out of place, or a pinched nerve can have debilitating effects.

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   Posted 9/14/2013 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
And I might chime in if I may, I recently became alarmingly aware of artificial sweeteners and the havoc they can wreak on the human body (and mice apparently, from test studies), aspartame, phenylalanine, sucralose, Nutra Sweet, Amino Sweet, Acesulfmane-K, etc - can induce migraine headaches. These sweeteners are toxic and you should never consume food (6000 items and counting now) and diet drinks that contain these chemicals. Read each and every label when purchasing groceries, avoid processed food as much as possible, and strive for organic, plant based produce or meat if it comes from free range animals. Drink 2-3 quarts of filtered water as well. Up your Vitamin B intake. Be a savvy shopper, question everything single thing you put into your mouth - 90% of gum sold in grocery stores now contain these very harmful chemicals, avoid them like the plague (yes this includes Dentyne, Trident, etc.).

If you do all of this and still experience headhaches, at the very least you've detoxed your body from aspartame and it's poison sisters.
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   Posted 9/15/2013 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm having pressure in my head fallowing horrible headache and I can't stop thinking bad things , my brain taking control of me I can't stop think that something bad is gonna happen to me
Any help what I should do?? Went doctor he said is just tension headache ..

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   Posted 9/26/2013 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Really sorry to hear that, recently i read about a research may help you, a new study links this kind of throbbing pain to obesity. Here's details about the research:

Post Edited (sassym) : 9/26/2013 5:44:58 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/18/2013 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   
klk8251 i know it's been two years but if by any chance u see this please tell me if you have found something to cure your symptoms as I am suffering with the same for the past year. This piece of crap of a forum doesn't even have an option to pm another member which is the reason I created this ****ing account. **** everything about this forum.

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   Posted 12/3/2013 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there anyone with info on Intractable Migraines, I was recently dx. My neuro said I was 1 she is going to have really look @ all test. I started having pressure on left side base of head and entire left side traveling pain in 10',  many drs & tests.  1 dr was a neuro for migraines said I'm sorry but there's nothing we can help you with you don't have migraines. If I have Sinus pressure or inflammation in my head my pain level starts climbing from 7.   had very low Vit D 9, b12 xtrmely low (didn't get what it is) vit D 50k iu 1xwkly my foot cramps are gone I can move my toes without cramping which would last for 5-10mins.  b12 now down to 1xwkly injection 1mil for 1mnth.                            

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   Posted 1/6/2014 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
hey guys, ive been having the same problems for a long time now. I've gotten a million brain scans and bloodtest and heart test that all show up normal. The only test that i did poorly on was a tilt table test. I suggest you all try to get that. What they are thinking I have is

POTS (Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

the strange pressure in the back of the head id not listed here but i also experience that

from wikipedia


Lightheadedness, sometimes called pre-syncope (pre-fainting) dizziness (but not vertigo, which is also called dizziness)[6]
Exercise intolerance
Extreme fatigue
Syncope (fainting)
Excessive thirst (polydipsia)
Chronic or acute hypoperfusion of tissues and organs in the upper parts of the body are thought to cause the following symptoms:
Cold extremities
Chest pain and discomfort
Ventricular fibrillation
Myocardial infarction
Muscle weakness
Visual disturbances
Autonomic dysfunction is thought to cause additional gastrointestinal symptoms:
Abdominal pain or discomfort
Cerebral hypoperfusion, when present, can cause cognitive and emotive difficulties. Symptoms that persist in the supine (recumbent) state are difficult to attribute to "cerebral hypoperfusion":
Brain fog
Decreased mental stamina
Difficulty finding the right word
Impaired concentration
Sleep disorders
Inappropriate levels of epinephrine and norepinephrine lead to anxiety-like symptoms:
Feelings of fear

Symptoms of POTS overlap considerably with those of generalized anxiety disorder, and a misdiagnosis of an anxiety disorder is not uncommon. Some patients may be able to show a marked, and speedy, reddening of hands on lowering to resting position to challenge this misdiagnosis.

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   Posted 1/23/2014 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Dehydration is what gets me, pushing too hard in the gym, work stress, sun exposure. Advil helps...but only sometimes and never quite offers complete pain relief. I've tried the prescription medications and each one delivers one side effect or another. What helps, especially as a first line of defense, is a natural remedy called LipiGesic M. It's over the counter, but it provides relief almost immediately. The speed and efficiency of pain relief is due to the under the tongue delivery via a small liquid filled pouch. The product was recommended to me by a dear friend who is an investigative reporter for a major network's news division (talk about pressure and stress). I thank her weekly for steering me toward
LipiGesic M, and since I have FINALLY found a product that does what is say it well do, without prescription side effects, I feel it is only right to share this find with others who share this burden.


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   Posted 3/5/2014 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same symptoms in the right parieto-occipital side of my head and sometimes on my forehead too.It's a tight band fealing around my head and neck that turns into a pression everytime I lay down especially if i lay on my back it creates tremendous pression feeling something will explode out of my head.I also get stabbing pain in the back of my head and permanent diziness and blurred vision feeling sometimes that I will black out.My neurologist told me I have occipital neuralgia I took a bunch of meds which helped only for a while.Then the discomfort came back and made my life miserable again.I take Diazepam at night which lessens my pain a little bit.I've been living witg this condition for 4 months and I developed major anxiety attacks I just want mt life back. :(

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   Posted 5/30/2014 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to let everyone know I go through the same thing, the sinus pressure, head ache, dizziness, light headedness, pretty scary. I've noticed many of you mention anxiety. Anxiety and this go hand in hand. It used to be the "Bracing disease" because folks like us are incredibly tense, in our muscles, especially, back, shoulders, neck and so on. Believe it or not your muscles wrap all around the back and top of your head, and you've probably felt those sharp pains in your head as well. It took me forever to realize it but it's mostly anxiety, it can really do a number on your body. It's not in your head, the anxiety causes your to get so tense you screw up your body.

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   Posted 5/30/2014 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Jasmine4894, sounds like Lyme Disease. I've had it 4 times, once in Connecticut and three times in Indiana. Honestly, you're symptoms sound dead-on like Lyme. Most people don't realize it but a nymph deer tick (juvenile) which are the most potent are no larger than the period shown here --> . I am not kidding, you'll never know they bit you and most people do not get a bulls eye ring or rash. There are many tests, most are worthless, but you might get lucky and get a positive result. Igenix labs does the best testing, they can definitely tell you if you have it.

Doxycycline seems to be the best antibiotic for it. I know I have left over co-infections and maybe even lyme itself still but I've realized I'll never rid myself of it. Cut sugar out of your diet, as long as you don't have kidney issues I suggest CALM magnesium, I take it every day, just the plain kind, I hate flavored stuff. Wish you the best man. If they tell you lyme is uncommon in your area they're full of crap. I put a white bed sheet under my bushes and beat on them with a broom and captured around 75 deer ticks, took them to my doctor because she thought I was nuts, that nobody gets lyme around here (Indiana) and she said, those are not deer ticks, I sent them to Purdue University and they came back positive as Deer Ticks, almost all of them carry lyme.

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   Posted 7/20/2014 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I been having a problem since Feb 2013 Its like when I breath in or out I feel and kinda hear pressure by my left ear inside somewhere.. its been kinda scary. when its harder to breath though my nose the problem gets worse but in other ways it goes like this. at random times its barley noticeable and random times its normaly noticeable so i know its still bothering me and at random times still, its very noticeable and when its very noticeable I get kinda scared or worried or a mixter of both. and it takes stress you know? It happends every single day.. I dont wanna go to a doctor yet because for 1 my ears make a lot more wax and faster then other people and the doctor even said so. And why I dont wanna see a doctor because of that is because when they have to look in my ear I cant hear anything.. is that normal cause I dont know.. anyway when they look in my ear somehow they always push some wax more down were I cant hear anything untill they have to clean it far down and that makes me pretty scared... And 2 my ma said im getting a new doctor.. im not sure if i have a new one yet or not.. anyway if there is a way to get this problem away without seeing a doctor first can you please tell me..? the problem is normal happing were ik its there.. well its getting worse..

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   Posted 8/19/2014 2:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, knowing this is not only my problem, am feeling a bit released now. Honestly everything you all said is just what am experiencing for this year round. Tight feeling around my head, burning sensation on top and back of my head down to my nape, light headedness, Left eye strain, feeling of some pain on my Left-top brain side directly above the top of my left eye(Sometimes it feels like a pressure), I used to feel numb down my face and neck when I first experience the problem, sometimes i feel a slight paralyzed to my left side(very rarely) . . . A doctor suspected Brain tumor or bleeding case and recommended CT Scan, but the result was Negative. I have taken a few anti-depressants but they gave me a temporary relief but the pain comes again. Through time i have recognized what triggers it.
The triggers:
1 - Computer - feel burning and pain behind my head down to my nape when i use computer for five minutes
2 - Walking - I feel dizzy and some head pain if i walk through a sunny day
3- Talking too much with loud voice
4- Watching TV for several minutes
5- Reading white paper texts...
1 - I stay away from my PC. I don't know up to when, coz am a university teacher and need to use computer.
2- I wash my head with cold water every time I feel pain and get relieved
3- Drink coffee I try to relax and forget my pain with friends
4- I feel better when I lie down
5- I feel good and relieved when i seize my head when i feel pain.
6- Close my eyes and hold them with my palm
7- Take in oxygen and breath it repeatedly. . .
I have read somewhere that this is tension headache. It is a problem caused when head muscles in between the skull and the head skin get tensioned and distract the flow of blood, then the nerve attached with them irritates and sends pain signal. That is what somebody write on somewhere on the web. No matter what, I haven't gotten a complete remedy yet. If any body knows or get a terapy please share me. From Ethiopia. Thank you.

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   Posted 2/8/2016 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Pressure in the head can just be anxiety. Anxiety can feel very severe and has sent many people to the hospital thinking they were having a heart attack. the medical profession should know by now, but obviously they are still dishing out meds and doing expensive tests, which of course make your anxiety worse because you think something is really wrong with you!

First thing is not to change out the engine or the brakes, but just look under the hood and see if it the oil - if you know what I mean. So, firstly, consult a therapist or go to a wellness practitioner, before you run to the expensive and usually useless option: the doctor.

I used to have a band of pressure that ran around my head and I swore it literally felt like I was wearing a band! As I learned about anxiety and how to control it via my therapist who specoalized in anxiety, the band went away - as did many other symptoms.

25 years later, I can still have far more subtle attacks of anxiety, and when I am quiet, and sit still and really listen to my body while it is in the panic attack, I can still feel that pressure in the head. this website explains:

Best thing you can do is meditation and yoga, ti-chi or something like that that focuses on the body and calms the mind at the same time, because body awareness is key. The more you can feel your body, the easier it is to apply the techniques to calm it. If you have an attack and need relief to just get a grip, try relaxing herbs. Positive thinking is the biggest cure, which is not about putting a nice face over your anxiety, but about noticing what you are thinking: usually you are thinking worst case scenario. You literally change this with the opposite thought: best case scenario.

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   Posted 2/11/2016 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband put up with the headache pain for several months and finally got an MRA done. He has been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. He is scheduled for coiling surgery later this month. A trip to the doctor may result in a MRA or CT scan. Just wantws to pass this information along.

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   Posted 3/6/2017 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BaByGaBe,
Hope you are fine now. I am suffering with the same problem as you mentioned for the last two years. I did blood test, CT scan, NCV test & so on but situation not improved at all. Though it is not continuous but when triggers I really become very sick & starts to think that I will pass away. My wife , doctor mentioned that it is my mental problem.

If you have overcome the problem please share. I will be really grateful to you. My quality of life is totally decreased. I can find any joy of life.


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   Posted Today 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
mine has same issue.15 month into reaserch by trial and error.great success in headzche with 60000iu vitamin d ,maganasium,ivermectin,alina.suspecting neuro lyme.further go with iv rocephine

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   Posted 7/31/2017 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
BaByGaBe said...
I have been getting this pressure in the back of my head, for like 2 months now, not constantly, but mostly everyday. There was one week where it totally went away, but it csme back. Some days I get it so bad, the only thing that makes me feel a little relief is when I lay down. The sooner I get this pressure or tightness in the back of my head, I get nervous, and start to think bad things like what if I pass out, and what if I panic and get a panic attack... (I also have anxiety disorder) the first thing I feel like doing is going to the ER, but I have been there already twice last month is the same week for this head pain, and they did CT scans, cat scans, EEG test, chest x-rays, head x-rays, blood tests, you name it. Every single test and scan, and x-ray they have done to me came out negative. They all say there is nothing wrong with my head, sinuses (even though they are constantly clogged and I can't breathe through my nose), or heart.

I am very distraught about this, because in the back of my mind I am thinking terrible, that maybe I may have brain cancer, or a tumor that is causing this. I doubt it, but it terrifies me. I am also terrified to pass out. Sounds kind of stupid, I know, but I have fainted several times in my lifetime so far, usually when I see a needle coming towards me, and I hate that feeling of passing out. I also recently read somewhere that some guy can't look at an LCD tv, or a Plasma tv for more than a few minutes otherwise he gets a migraine. I have an LCD computer monitor, as well as a Plasma screen in my bedroom where I spend all of my time. Could that be the cause? My doctor is sending me to a sleep apnea specialist to do a sleep study on me on March 9th, as she says may be the cause of my headaches and other issues. I will let everyone know how that goes. I take Paxil 12.5mg for my anxiety, and my doctor said that I should take Tylenol if I experience a headache/head pain. I have been doing this, but not everyday. Some days are worse than others, and the amount of pain I feel changes all day long.

If anyone has any experience in this field, please let me know what I can try to make this go away. I go to a Chiropractor, and it works occassionally, but it won't last all day. I also have had someone suggest I make a journal of the time I wake up if I have pain or not, to what I eat, and how much I eat, and the times I eat and if the pain gets worse, to write it all down. I am going to attempt this this week to see if there is anything that is triggering my head pain. I read an article that some foods like cheese, and too much bread triggers some headaches and other things. I will let everyone know what goes on in the course of the week

I have almost the exact symptoms as you. It started one night around 2 weeks ago when I tried to fall asleep. It was very late (around 2 am) and I was feeling this pressure at the back of my head and having trouble breathing. Every time I was just going to fall asleep, I felt like I was about to pass out and stop breathing. So I kept waking up in panic. I took a Paracetamol tablet and finally managed to fall asleep. There was no sign of the headache in the morning. I checked that my blood pressure was normal.

After that the problem returned with an interval of 3-4 days. I would get the headache in the morning though. One day I was in class and started feeling slightly dizzy during the headache. Once it happened again at night and I felt that my nose was blocked. Inhaling steam from hot water helped and I could fall asleep.

The difference between you and me is, laying down on the bed usually doesn't help. If I take a small walk even inside the house it seems to release the pressure. And yes I agree with you on the anxiety part. The fear of having something really wrong inside of your head like a brain tumour or brain cancer hits you during the headache and it causes anxiety making the matter worse. Also using the computer for 2-3 hours i.e. staring at a LCD screen seems to aggravate it.

From what I've read on the Internet, the symptoms seem to align with 'Tension headache' caused mainly by stress and/or physical fatigue. But I don't think I am in a lot of mental stress right now but maybe it is fatigue.

I am going to a General Physician tomorrow to get an diagnosis. Let's see how it goes.
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