I'm trying to figure out how to respond to your post. I have never really heard a "classification" of heading being called a "pressure headache" so I can't really speak to that. Now, for me when I say I feel pressure (like when you blow up a balloon and put too much air-feeling like its going to explode) that seems different from a tension type headache.
Can you explain a little more? Do you feel a "band" of pressure like wearing a headband? Are there times when your head hurts more than others? (a storm for example)
As for your second question-there is something called Exertional Headaches which can be brought on by exercise, sex etc (read more here: http://www.headaches.org/education/Headache_Topic_Sheets/Exertional_Headaches)
A huge problem with headaches of any kind is that it can be so many things! Its not like we can say "ok, my head hurts...it must be xyz" like some other conditions. I have researched pressure headache as a symptom and found anything from rhinitis (sinus infection) to brain cancer (obviously less common-and if I must say my cousin died of brain cancer and never once had a headache) so, here is a website you might want to look at and compare some of your other symptoms to see if anything sounds familiar. I'm sorry I don't have enough information to give you a better idea of what it might be.
Do you have a physician you are working with on this?
Hope you are feeling better soon!
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