Head throbbing

I have suffered with anxiety and panic disorder now for about 3 years since the birth of my son.

Just recently I have started getting throbbing and pressure sensations in my head, like I can feel my heart beating through my head. Sometimes I get dizzy, but it's mostly just the head pressure.

Is this common with anxiety or do I have a serious medical problem, because I'm afraid the doctor just keeps palming me off because I suffer with anxiety. Thanks a lot.


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  • It's always good to rule other things out, head pressure and headaches are definitely anxiety symptoms. I myself suffered head pressure for 3 weeks strait and the more I focused on it the worse it got. I noticed that when I was distracted I wouldn't feel it so I stopped focusing on my head (which is hard) and the feeling went away.

  • Throbbing in ur head would also be caused by anxiety due it generally raising ur blood pressure and pulse rate which is a perfectly normal reaction to stress and worry

  • If you can, go see a neurotologist and rule out an inner ear disorder. I finally got diagnosed after two years of weird symptoms. You can get little tears in your tympanic membrane, etc. They can happen when a woman gives birth, or when a person flies in an airplane, etc. They cause a lot of various symptoms. You might also check out Vestibular.org You can read about various inner ear problems and their symtoms.

    Good luck!

  • Thank you, I went to see my doctor yesterday and he's referred me to have these checks at the hospital, they're going to rule out all possibilities but it could be that I have an inner ear problem as I get pressure in my ears. Had full bloods too, a proper mot . It has eased my anxiety and strangely I feel fine today... touch wood!

  • It's definitely worth looking into. Inner ear problems are hard to diagnose, even when you have a great specialist. Even though I have an inner ear problem, they can't say for sure what is causing it. But at least I have been able to do some things now that have helped. They were able to put me on some medicine and I am doing some physical therapy for balance and vision that will help my brain cope better. So far it seems to be helping. I wish you the best of luck and hope they are able to determine what might be causing your symptoms. I have had numerous blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, etc. for the last two years. Nothing conclusive. But when they have me do the balance tests, I can't do them. I lose my balance. Inner ear disorders can be quite a mystery and leave a person what a panoply of symptoms.

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