Head pressure that feels like fluid?

I have a dr appt tomorrow but just wanted to see if anyone else has felt this. I already know every other symptom I have is due to anxiety but just yesterday this new feeling started where I feel this pressure pushing down on the top of my head. It doesn't last long but it'll go to my sinus area, it almost feels the same way as when you get water up your nose or have bad bad congestion and need to pop your ears. But this pressure feels almost like fluid sloshing around. I freaked out at first and didn't know if this could possibly be anxiety related too? Or an ear problem. Either way we'll know tomorrow, just needed to vent.

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  • Hi please let me know what ur doctor said I've had similar feelings especially on a night like something running dwn ur face tingling

  • Hello. So my right ear was really really clogged and they had to flush out all the wax which made me incredibly dizzy. Still feeling out of it now. But that pressure still hasn't gone away. They wanted to put me on sudafed to see if it would dry up all the fluid I feel but unfortunately I can't take it because one of the side affects is severe dizziness or anxiety which is what we're trying to avoid lol. And besides that I just got some Dramamine. So if I don't feel better in a few days I need to call back and hopefully get a referral to an ENT and finally get to the bottom of it. Sorry if this wasn't much of a help.

  • Dis u ever figure it out I have been waiting to go in cuz I'm thinking it would go away but it's not .I have the same symptoms. Do I need a doctor ?

  • I went to an ENT and everyone said I was fine. It does get better I promise it just takes time, too much unfortunately.

  • Hi I am experiencing the same symptoms and I would like to know how to get rid of it

    Also did you feel the fluid running from side to side in your head along with a burning sensation if so please reply

  • Hi Kiki18 and Welcome to the Anxiety Forum. Of course it is always best to have a doctor check any symptoms that persist. However, people with severe anxiety can experience this full headed pressure feeling. Feeling like fluid is trapped in your head.

    In a way, it is. If this is coming from anxiety, what is happening is that the muscles in the neck and lower back of the head are so intensely tight that the lymphatic fluid can freely flow. It causes this fluid feeling in your head. The burning can come from the tight muscles.

    Having physical therapy you can give relief by having the therapist address the trigger points that are at the base of the skull as well as either side of the neck. This is done thru pressure point therapy and allows the fluid to release. You will actually be able to feel the benefits of hands on therapy within moments.. As for making it last, they will show you how you can help yourself at home while using the same technique.

    First thing is to make sure there are no other underlying causes for what you are feeling. Take care, feel better x

  • i felt exactly the same way. is it still blocked?

  • Hello. So my right ear was really really clogged and they had to flush out all the wax which made me incredibly dizzy. Still feeling out of it now. But that pressure still hasn't gone away. They wanted to put me on sudafed to see if it would dry up all the fluid I feel but unfortunately I can't take it because one of the side affects is severe dizziness or anxiety which is what we're trying to avoid lol. And besides that I just got some Dramamine. So if I don't feel better in a few days I need to call back and hopefully get a referral to an ENT and finally get to the bottom of it. So here's hoping for the best.

  • press the bottom side of your nose on both sides for 10 seconds and release. it will release the pressure permanently!

  • I have this same thing happen. I've told my doctors and ENT that it feels like I'm "drowning from the inside" just on the left side of my head. It comes with exertion, overheating, and if I look from side to side too much (like when you're out shopping) I feel a warm fluid like feeling on the left side of my head, then my ear gets muffled and it sounds like that ear is underwater. It's very disturbing. I started getting that, then it would only come sporadically. Then I had 5 episodes of sudden deafness I the left ear, and regained my hearing after strong courses of corticosteroids. The ENTs initially thought Meniere's, but the VEMP test and lack of vertigo proved negative. They still don't know the cause. After the last episode of sudden deafness, I have had the fluid issue every day that I try to be active, even just cleaning the apartment can trigger the fluid weirdness. I take antihistamines every 4-6 hours to lessen the severity of it. But it's freaky that the specialists are stumped. They prescribed me a diuretic believing that I must have some problem regulating the fluid in my vestibular system.

  • Hi I had this issue before. Mine always feels like some cool liquid. It's as if someone poured a bit of cool water on the side of my scalp near my ear or close the base of my neck . I checked with my primary dr but it's the ppl at the clinic that took a closer look & saw my right ear had fluid in it . Mine was totally sinus related . But anxiety had me panic lol .

  • I have the same spytums ive also been told i gad somthing call racing thoughts but i never had anxiety till my dad past n it hit me hard i just wanna be normal again

  • Hi! I just wrote a post about a similar condition. I have head pressure and sometimes it feels like something is running down back my brain/skull. I also have a drunk feeling in my head even though I am not dizzy, it just feels that way. One ear is clogged, could that be what's causing this? I don't have any other sinus symptoms. However I am very anxious when it comes to my health so these feelings might occur because of it? I don't know.

  • Have same problem, been to busy not seen yet,

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