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Head Pressure/Odd Feeling in Head


I have had many different symptoms of anxiety but they never really stuck with me except for one symptom. The symptom that I struggle the most with is head pressure and I just can't figure out how to overcome the feeling. I spend my entire day just thinking about this feeling and it drives me crazy. I can't think straight and I have no desire to do anything. I am at the point where I don't even feel like I have anxiety anymore but there is this feeling in my head that I can't stop thinking about. Why is this affecting me so much more than any other symptom. All the the other symptoms I've had never affected me like the head pressure does. Why do you think this might be?

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Hey i know what you mean i just posted something similiar to your post but i too feel pressure and i always feel like somethings wrong in my head same like with you i dont really feel anxious anymore its just have that wierd unwell feeling i dont know how to explain it when i go to the doc it not really a headache but its worst then one

Duke5465 in reply to JA3344

Exactly how I feel. It's so confusing.

JA3344 in reply to Duke5465

Yea it feels horrible i hope it is just anxiety

Likeabadstorm in reply to JA3344

Same :-(

Look up and read about "intracranial hypertension".

MB1989 in reply to GoWest

Is that dangerous ? What to do about it ?

GoWest in reply to MB1989

First get your eyes examined by an opthomologist. If you have the elevated pressure around your brain it can damage the optic nerve. Otherwise it is not so dangerous. But it is difficult to treat. Diamox is the first drug to try but is a prescription. So see an eye doctor.

don't worry I have that symptom too when I get anxiety it is more like from your anxiety

Hey Duke...This sounds really nasty for you to go through and i wondered if you have had a blood pressure done recently or failing that ask your physician for a brain mri to rule out any nerves that are trapped. It could also be pressure on the arteries causing these symptoms. Your physician will want to reassure you and it may well put your mind at rest and thinking the worst when you have no definitive answer. I went for an mri for a tremor but the tests came back ok so it was probably a side effect of my meds.

I hope you find answers soon. Sending love and thoughts x

As you will see from this site there are a number of very common physical symptoms of anxiety and a feeling of pressure in the head and concern about having a brain tumour. People will then see a doctor who will look for any relevant signs and always find none. Often you will then go on to get a brain scan which will be normal.

The common presenting age for this is between 15 and 30.

Do you fit into this pattern?

If so try and work on managing anxiety.

Hey Duke, I have same problem once upon time it's like we don't want to think about it but we do thinking again and again.. my best advice is don't spend more time near lappy or mobile and don't sit do exercise mainly brain exercise always think that u are an free man you don't have any problems and jesus is with you. He is there feel it and do "pranayama"(youtube.com/watch?v=43GdnZ7...) for 2min.. next time go to some cool place don't feel anything feel that u r with jesus u r sharing your problems with him

7Davida7 in reply to abhi_123

Thanks abhi_123. This head feeling came back last week and is getting me down. I've asked Jesus to help and He's directed me to your post. Thanks for the tips. Jesus bless and heal you!


hi there i have the feeling of pressure in my head-frontal.like you i struggle to do things-i dont think mine is anxiety as it is persistent and never goes away plus my head is swollen,gp wont do a scan .have you asked for a scan?i once told my gp of headpain and he dismissed it saying "its just a headache".

Well you said it yourself you think about it all day so the more you focus on it and care/worry about it the more it will hang around and feel more intense then it actually is. I had head pressure for 2 months straight when I finally de used to stop focusing on it and relax my head neck and shoulders it went away.

The pressure is from tension and anxiety. So first step stop focusing or giving a poop about it just say so what if I have head pressure.

Then make sure you are drinking lots of water.

Take paracetamol if you have to

Try to get a massage

Do muscle relaxation (YouTube) you need to relax the muscles in your upper body to get rid of the tension.

Possibly see a physio, Chiro or osteopath.

I wish you all the best :)

does your pressure get worse when you strain or move? (bend over, laugh, turn your head etc)..

The pressure may be your body's response to anxiety -a pushing away -in that case the best thing is to accept you are anxious and do everything you can to calm and center yourself. It is a struggle and you are not alone.

Oh I feel you, I've had this for 2years now it sucks, in July it went away for about 4weeks don't know why, I didn't do anything different either, I try to just go on with my daily life, but at times it's just so bad. I got tired of going to my Dr. and for her to say, it's nothing 😩 But yes it drives me crazy and I'm a totally different person because of this. I'm no longer the fun outgoing person I use to be, maybe one day this will all go away 🙏🏻

Lorlaw in reply to Normal63

I'm the same, I spendon't my whole life in the house now, I struggle to drive

Normal63 in reply to Lorlaw

Mine comes and goes, I've noticed that when Fall comes around it tends to be worse. I take AllegraD in the day Singular at night n spray my nose w/Flonase but doesn't help that much😳Now I'v started getting headaches too, in the back of my head no aspirin will take the pain away and I won't take anything with codeine in it, so in🙏🏻a lot. though if I put an ice pack it's tends to feel a lil better. But I guess because I'm numbing it. Who knows just want this to go away!!!!!! And yes I have other symptoms, but I won't get into that, 😖Hope y'all get to feeling better❤

Mine is 24/7 constant no relief and nothing OTC works and it’s scaring me. Makes me feel faint

Hi, do you still have this problem? I have had awful head pressure/tension for a year now and I feel like I can't take it much longer!

Likeabadstorm in reply to tyg1

Same here. Is yours any better, if so how did it get better?

I have had these same type of headaches for nearly 40 years. I went into the medical field partially because of these, and I have found that the only thing that works are benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, 1 mg PRN. I have tried everything, and the only other thing that works are opiates, and you don't want to start using them for these frequent headaches, as you will become quickly addicted.

Agora1 in reply to Psychdoc

Psychdoc, was there ever a diagnosis made? 40 years is a long time. Have you been on benzos for most of that time? I agree opiates or any other form of pain medication is not the way to go with chronic head pain. There was a time for several years that I suffered greatly from pressure/tension headaches. It was worse than a migraine. I did use a lot of different modalities in trying to get rid of the pain. From hypnotherapy, acupuncture, biofeedback, meditation/deep breathing etc. I refused to take any narcotic medications. What finally helped was physical therapy in bringing down the lymphatic fluids that were trapped in my lower skull. I had been in a car accident many years prior. Trigger points needed to be released. I was taught how to help myself at home using acupressure. I certainly can understand how it robs you of your quality of life. I'm sorry this continues for you. x

Try relaxation methods, this could help. Gerrerd.

Your post really encouraged me. Many thanks. Jesus please send Your healing power on us all!

Hey. Did this ever go away? I have this daily. I feel like I can hardly function.

Same here. I have a hard time. Did yours ever go away? I’ve Been dealing with 24/7 for several months and it’s getting unbearable and keeps me crying and feeling faint.

No I still have mine. I tested positive for Lyme disease. Have you heard of that? Did you ever take Ativan for anxiety?

I had them test for Lymes disease and it was negative. I have ativan and will take 0.25mg as I am sensitive to meds but it doesn’t do anything for the pressure at all. It may cause me a bit feeling super anxious about it. But can still feel lightheaded with it or faint feeling. I am scared to try antidepressant and fear I have vocal aware seizures in the process of getting it ruled out or diagnosed. I have a lot of neurological symptoms and it’s a struggle.

I am sorry you still struggle with it and have been diagnosed with lymes disease.

Have you taken ativan and did it help you with your head pressure any?

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