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Head pressure/Dizziness - Anyone else?



I'm new to this forum, and came across this thread in my Google Search. I've been a sufferer of dizziness/lightheadedness/foggy brain feeling for about 5 years now. I've had so many tests done that I could probably fill up a page... from ENT/MRI's of head/neck/sinuses, bloodwork. You name it I have gotten it done. I too have been told that its just "anxiety", but getting a weird floaty feeling and almost feeling like I have to faint everyday doesn't seem like it could just be anxiety. I know there are 100's of symptoms of anxiety, but I would never think that anxiety could control your life mentally AND physically. For me, it all started when I was at the gym on a stationary bike and BAM I felt dizzy and thought it was dehydration, but it stuck with me since then, and it has only gotten worse. As of late just sitting here typing just makes me have a floaty/waves of dizziness in my head feeling. Even the right side of my head feels like it twinges :o( Any help would be much appreciated. I just wanted to add too that none of this runs in my family. My husband says since all my tests come back negative (which is obviously a good thing), that the only thing he can really say is that maybe the docs are right and that its anxiety? I just feel like its something more because its so strong and ruins my daily life... I'm 34, active female with no kids/pets, and exercise on a daily/weekly basis. Just sucks. All I want is to rid this for the rest of my life, its so frustrating and scary.

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I am so glad you wrote this. This is me. I was fine one day and was running on my treadmill when all of a sudden I feel like im.weak in my legs dizzy ears ringing and off balance. Then I started having this weird scalp pain..I freaked many appts to er with ct scan negative ent said tmj while.only looking in my ears I was rushed out quick. Went to my internal doc several times he said anxiety. Went to neuro for mri of cervical spine mra which is for anyuersms because dr google had cleary convinced me I had one. And seeing a cardiologist today for sudden chest pain. I finally have had to give this to God! ! I tried several attempts to google and diagnose myself and yesterday I ginally heard God say let me have it. So I am. Will keep you updated and im praying for you!!

pbjelly12 in reply to robinebc

I'm so sorry that you are dealing with the same thing I am everyday. I know what its like. One doc says this, one says that... most just say anxiety to brush it off because they have no other answer for you. I also have TMJ (and have actually been diagnosed with it) and wear a nightguard when sleeping. If its ok to ask, how did your MRI of your cervical spine go? Did that come back normal? Really? Sudden chest pains? I had those too, to only be told they were nothing because I have had numerous holter monitors but they have all came back fine (except they said I do have extra heart beats)... but that is considered fine? which is why I get fluttering... Can I also ask, how old you are and how long this has been going on for you? I hope you get better soon. I know how this is! It is awful to deal with on a regular basis

robinebc in reply to pbjelly12

I go for echo of heart today. I get results tomorrow from nuero. With this weird scalp pain she said occiptial nueralgia. So I can beleive that but sometimes I have nimbness and tingling in legs and arms and hands. I did atress test 2 years ago was perfect. 3 holters fine except I have extra weird leaky valve.

I am 31 female not overweight actually I was lifting and gettng really into the heavy lifting thing. And the neuro said she thinks I have a jacked up neck. Its weird.I feel like I was healthy as a horse until all of thsi happened. My doctor thinks its my job and said stress can manifest in a million differnt ways. While I can agree these feelings are unrelentless and I can feel them...sucks

Thera in reply to pbjelly12

Hey are you still suffering from this? I have been for 3 years now. I am still at a loss for what is causing it. Hope to hear from you.

Wow crazy... do you have any pain/discomfort with your neck though? I have been told I could also have postpositional vertigo? (has to also do with my neck) some days it feels really stiff, other days its fine... so its weird. Maybe something did happen when you lifted heavy? Part of it could be your job. I know that part of it for me has to be my job. Constantly stressed out, lots of pressure put on me to get my job done at certain deadlines throughout the day. But the thing is, when you don't know what is going on with your body/symptoms of course you are going to get higher stress levels and probably develop anxiety. I don't get what doctors are talking about when they say "O you just have anxiety"... its like i"m not gonna take meds just to treat this so called anxiety... when I look anxiety up online there are over 100 symptoms. So that would mean everyone in the world has anxiety. Just doesn't make sense how people can feel this awful and they just diagnose it with that. Well I hope all goes well with your neuro and you get some answers. Let me know what you find out!

robinebc in reply to pbjelly12

I will so keep you in the loop..this place has definatley given me hope to explore health and anxiety. I have been driven with fear but I promise when I quit googling God assured me that he had it. I trust that. I know because I have great doctors. Im trying to do hollistic as possible of course if I needed serious medical attention I would get it. My job is stressful at times but its crazy how it all of a sudden hits you hard with no warning so when new symptoms arrise, I can tell you that I was like no im dying. Because you are mwntally feeling rhem.

I am so thankful to find this site. I have been having head pressure, dizziness, floating feelings for years. I don't know how to explain my symptons, sometimes I can feel sudden attack or strike at my head as if it's going to make me faint, my blood test is good, ENT said is normal except I have nose sensitive. All these years I have been living with this really horrible feeling and fear of fainting everyday. I feel so hopeless and I just want to be a normal person. I see doctor almost every week because i feel like i am going to faint anytime. Because of these symptoms, i have develop anxiety and fear of dying..I hate this thinking. I always think that am i going to die today? Noone understand how i feel. Few months back I started with workout, thought of exercise can help me to be healthier. For the first few months I was alright although sometimes after exercise I feel dizzy and floating but I just try to ignore it abd blame that to nose sensitive. Yesterday it was horrified, I finished running on treadmill and suddenly felt strong head pressure for 10 seconds. I don't know why, I was terrified and floating with dizziness after that. Now I am phobia to go workout again. I am glad to have this site support that I am not alone .

pbjelly12 in reply to Liz01

How have you been feeling?

loglegmomma in reply to Liz01

Do you get arm pain or nausea at the same time?

I never get arm pain, but nausea yes. Do you actually get arm pain? That might be something to head into the doctors for :( so sorry your not feeling well and I'm sorry this is such a late reply!

Do you suffer from heaches

Sometimes, on/off, esp when I don't have caffeine

Hi I know it has been 2 or so years since this thread has been contributed to but I wanted to share my experience. I'm an 18yro woman and had a head injury due to fainting 2 years ago. Since then I have always had a subconscious thought/fear of fainting. Since the end of last year and throughout this year, I have had random spells of dizziness occur when I'm standing. This feeling is like something is sinking in my body as if my insides have just descended a few floors in an elevator. It usually also coincides with a change in body temp. - feeling warmer. Since then, I have been paranoid about any other out of the ordinary symptoms my body has experienced, leading me to getting tests done in hospital. ECG, MRI, urine, blood, blood pressure etc. have all been normal. Everyone said that it's just anxiety. I've also felt tingling/numbness in my hands and feet at the same time on ocassion. I have felt a tightness in my chest which I can confidently attribute to being just anxiety however. Usually when I get that sinking feeling, my interpretation of the noise of my surroundings is temporarily altered and I tend to notice/hear a ringing sound. I used to get vertigo for a year when I'd try to roll on the side that I had my head injury on. I no longer believe I get it anymore on that side, but I still refuse to sleep on it. Recently it has made a comeback, triggered by when I roll from my side to my back.

I'm tired of feeling this way and of having this fear. I constantly think back to and envy the days when my life was more normal, aside from the ocassional lightheased sensation. I have not been on any medication nor have I seen a therapist yet regarding my anxiety, and I have also not been treated for positional vertigo at any times that I've brought up that I used to/sort of still do have it. I've recently been looking into aromatherapy. I hope you have all had some sort of progress or found clarity regarding this. It's truly a horrible thing to experience and I've felt so alone until finding this forum.

Hi! I know it's been a few years since the original post, but I relate to a lot of the symptoms. I get extreme pressure/dizziness after almost every workout. Do you also feel sensitive to light? I do, and I've been thinking these episodes might be related to migraine symptoms (I used to get them a lot in the past, and these symptoms feel similar to migraine auras). I also have panic disorder so my body kind of tricks me into having a panic attack when I have these symptoms. So I really don't know if it's migraine/vertigo related or anxiety related!


Everyone here seems to be posting about their anxiety symptoms but nobody seems to be getting any medication to treat their anxiety. Go to your doctor and get some medication it WILL help. Once I was prescribed citalopram my symptoms went away and my life became bearable.

Hidden in reply to Hidden

That’s what I need but so scared to take them

pbjelly12 in reply to Hidden

I agree with you chrispal07, its easier said than done...

pbjelly12 in reply to Hidden

Don't be quick to state that none of us haven't been on any anxiety medications...Keep in mind that meds work for some and not others...

Hidden in reply to pbjelly12

Have you tried any yet?

pbjelly12 in reply to Hidden

I've tried anxiety meds and they actually make me feel more dizzy

DVISION in reply to pbjelly12

Hi pbjelly12,

Any updates? How’s the dizzy/lightheadedness?


pbjelly12 in reply to DVISION

Hi! Its more manageable, but I definitely still have it. I was diagnosed awhile back with PPPD (aka chronic subjective dizziness). I don't take any medication for it.

I have this now !!!! Did you ever find out what was causing yours !??!!?

Me too

What’s yours feel like !???!

Laura369 in reply to Laura369

My doctors are trying to push it off as sinusitis:/ but it’s not ....

pbjelly12 in reply to Laura369

They told me I have PPPD (or aka Chronic Subjective Dizziness)

Laura369 in reply to pbjelly12

Did you have head pressure !?

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