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Head Pressure


Hi all,

Does anyone have constant head pressure? So strong at times that if feels like someone is sitting on my forehead and it makes my eyes droopy. I walk around half lidded especially in the morning. It seems to ease up somewhat in the evening. It isn't like a vise around my head, and it 's not a headache, just like this constant pressure from the front part of the top of my head down and over my eyes. Sometimes, it makes me no want to look around my environment, because if borders on dizziness at times. It is not painful just very annoying and bothersome.

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osbo54, I totally understand what you are saying. I had it as well years ago. It's not a headache or the sensation of a vise around your head. It's a full blown pressure feeling

within the head that makes your head feel full. It does affect the eyes as well by making

them feel heavy. There's a reason that it is worse in the morning and gets better as

the day goes on.

There can be several medical reasons in feeling like this but if that has been checked out

with a MRI or CT scan, then it can very well be coming from severe anxiety disorder.

Our constant stress causes the muscles in the head, face and neck to clamp down.

When it does this, the lymphatic fluid that goes up the spinal cord to the brain can get

trapped causing the fluid in the head to give this pressure sensation.

After you have slept all night, the fluid fills the spaces in your head which have no way

of draining while lying flat. However, once you are up and moving around, the fluid drains

away from the head causing a feeling of release.

If and when this sensation becomes chronic, physical therapy can help immensely as well

as teaching the patient how to release that built up fluid by simple noninvasive maneuvers.

Before I would get out of bed in the morning, I would cup my hands and place my fingers

at the base of the skull on both sides of the spinal cord. If positioned right, you will literally hear the release by the internal sound you hear in your head. Almost like bubbles from

champagne, popping and releasing. This is called Myofascial Release

Hope this helps some. :) xx

osbo54 in reply to Agora1

Thanks so much. Please explain more in detail the spacing of the hands. And exactly where to place them.

Agora1 in reply to osbo54

osbo, Let me see if I can find a picture of the position. x

Agora1 in reply to osbo54

Hi osbo, if you go to YouTube, type in "pictures of Myofascial Release for Head/Neck"

There is one after another showing self help as well as physical therapy.

It gives an explanation in how it helps as well. Good Luck.

It would be better to ask your doctor about this and see if he agrees to the treatment. :) xx

osbo54 in reply to Agora1

Thanks much. I just tried one off YouTube. Very relaxing. I see a PT for dizziness. What I didn’t know was that this situation with the head and neck could cause the head/eye pressure. Sometimes, I swear, I walk around with my eyes half closed. I’m a bit headachy sometimes, but not a full blown headache. Just hovers in the background. I wondered why in bed at night I don’t feel it, nor upon arising, but mostly in the am, but sometimes throughout the day. I will see if this helps.

How did you get yours to finally go away?

Agora1 in reply to osbo54

osbo, I can honestly say that no longer fighting the feeling but allowing myself

to just let go physically and mentally is what brought me to where I am today.

I finally found the "key" in winning over anxiety and getting back in control.

Anxiety may try but it no longer has a chance. I won and I want to help others

win as well. :) xx

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