I've had constant head pressure around my temples for a few years. I did have occasional intense pains in the back of my head, and brain twisting feeling, as if I were about
to have a seizure. I also had a constant annoying feeling in my brain that made me extremely irritable. The best way that I can describe it, is that it felt like someone was constantly tickling my brain with a feather. I also was extremely sensitive to light, and was extremely jittery. My hands would shake, and I was extremely nervous all the time, and I was unable to concentrate, or recall things I would normally know (everyday words, etc.). Everthing is gone now, except for the pressure. However, the pressure is not as bad as it was. I'll share what I've done, in case anyone else is going through some of the same things.
I think what has made the most difference (some people may think this is quacky, but it has changed my life, and if you're to the point I was, you are probably willing to try anything under the sun) is taking the Elisa/LRA brain allergy test. Most MD's don't even know about this. It determines what anitbodies your blood is making, certain things in your food/environment your body treats as a poison, and it makes antibodies to fight it, just as if it were making antibodies for spider venom. They find these marked antibodies in your blood, to tell you what everyday things your body is treating like a poison. Most allergies are histamine reactions, but not all of them, so traditional allergy tests just won't suffice. This Elisa/lra test has really changed my life. Google it, you will probably have to get it done through a holistic MD, it costs about $600, but it is well worth it. After a month of avoiding everything the test determined I was allergic to (certain things that seem innocuous but are in nearly everything, ie, black pepper, baker's yeast, etc.), the brain locking up feeling was gone, the nervousness was gone, I was able to concentrate, my temper was gone, and the tickling feeling on my brain was gone. These food allergies can take up to two weeks for you to have a raction to, so it is nearly impossible to determine what is causing it through your own avoidance tests.
The second thing which I think helped a lot, was that I eliminated carbohydrates from my diet for almost a year. Apparently, I had taken a lot of drugs over the years (anitbiotics, paxil, staterra, etc), and these made yeast take over systemically in my colon. Through a holistic MD's care, he prescribed nystatin, nizoral, and eventaully,along with a no yeast/low carb diet, the yeast was eliminated. That got rid of my light sensitivity, and these hot flush feelings that made it hard to focus, as well as my sugar cravings, etc.
I also had a live blood analysis done, and there was a lot of mycoplasma on my red blood cells. A naturopath gave me some herbs and CLO2 that got rid of them after 6 weeks, and that helped my jitteriness a lot.
My pressure I still have, but it is not nearly as bad. It is always there, but is sporadic in its intensity. Might be related to carb intake, still trying to figure it out. I suspect maybe TMJ too. I had neurocranial restructuring done, wherein they put balloons in your sinus cavities and inflate them, this bumps the sphenoid bone and supposedly re-aligns the cranial fissures in your skull. After many years, especially for athletes, these sutures supposedly become misaligned after knocks and bumps, and the Cerobro fluid in your skull can't circualte the way it is supposed to. I was skeptical, but after getting some relief from a massage therapist and chiropractor that tried to loosen these up, I tried the neurocranial restructuring. It is more commoluy known as NCR treatment. It helped, but did not make the pressure go away. So, I had some MRI's and CT scans done of my sinuses and saw an ENT. I nearly passed out a couple times, so that's why I had a brain MRI. Anyway, the MRI was clear, but the CT scan showed blockage to my sinues cavities due to my deviated septum--I had broken my nose playing football (European football) several times over the years. It also showed that my sinuses looked to be completely filled with polyps. So much so, that there was hardly any air in the. So, I scheduled the surgery to fix the septum, and to drill new passages in to my sinuses, because they had been blocked with bone spurs and overgrown flesh. They fixed the septum, and drilled new passages, but when they got inside the sinus cavities to scoop out the polyps, they discovered it was just that the mucosal walls had been extremely inflamed, and that there were no polyps. There was bacterial infection in there (which antibiotics in the past had not fixed), and they flushed all that out. That was a month ago. The pressure is better. But, it is still there. I'm beginning to suspect, that it is these mucosal walls of my sinuses being extremely inflamed, that are causing the pressue like feeling. The question now is, what is causing the inflamation? Maybe I just have suppressed immunities, and my sinus walls flare up so much it pushes against my temples. Again, traditional allergy tests didn't find me any answers. I'm going to try getting back on immunocal. I was on it, and when I was I didn't have this pressure. I stopped it, to treat some of my other symptoms. My other symptoms, I got rid of, and as soon as they were gone, the head pressure started. I didn't ever have this head pressure until the other symptoms were gone. Just woke up one day, and throughtout the day it got worse and worse. Which is how it is today too. Not nearly as bad in the mornings. So, either my other symptoms were so bad (they were awful) that they were masquing the pressure, or, together with the other symptoms it felt like something else all together, or, the immunocal, or other things I was doing to support my immune system, was keeping my sinuses from inflaming. Not sure, but things seem to be pointing to an immunity problem, so, that's the route I'm going to try next. Hope some of this is helpful to someone. I'm not as bad as I was, I'm making progress. If I could just figure out this pressure thing before I completely lose it. I know the feeling of just wanting to give up--just stop eating and not get out of bed, but then I remember my dreams I had before all this, and it makes me take anothe day of trying to figure all this out. It has hindered my career signifcantly, and I don't know how much more my girlfriend will wait for me to figure this out. What happens will happen, I'm trying my best. I think only those going through this can truly understand how frustrating it all is. Anyway, my career and life were too promising before all this, so I'm going to keep fighting for it. I hope the rest of you choose to keep fighting too. Pluse, I'm Catholic, so, that other things is not an option. Good luck.