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Constant Head Pressure - Feels Like My Head Is Going To Explode

Discussion in 'Other Symptoms & Disorders' started by marissa2h2h, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. marissa2h2h

    marissa2h2h New Member

    Has anyone had constant head pressure? Like your head is going to explode? I've had this for a couple years now. I am going to a Neurologist now and he says it will take a long time that my blood vessels in my head are inflamed. I am on several medications, which has helped, but I still feel the pressure daily, but not as intense now.

    I was just wondering if anyone else has had this and what you are doing for / about it. It also makes me feel faint (sometimes).

    Any ideas or help ?
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  3. Desiderata

    Desiderata New Member

    Yes the constant head pressure of PTSD patients has been studied. The proof of brain hyper activity obtained with MRI in London Ontario documents it. ... Yes it's something I've lived with for years , just another symptom to add to all the rest ... sorry to say ... So I just accept it and I'm trying to get better with an all encompassing approach towards the illness ... Hope this helps .... Rob
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  4. vcc123

    vcc123 Active Member

    I didnt know that

    Hey.. I didnt know that.. I get migraines.. have for years. I sometimes get a head cold too.. but this is different.. the 'head pressure' you're talking about.. it didnt fit into any other catagory.. now it makes sense!! YES!! thanks!! :thumbs-up
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  5. anthony

    anthony Master of none!

    Hi Marissa, welcome to the forum. Yes, I used to feel that very much actually when my Anxiety was out of control. I thought all sorts of bad things that could be going on, all the time making it worse, when in fact it was merely the sheer anxiety and stress my body was under. As I healed my trauma, I had no more issues with this feeling. Even now, if I get highly stressed, that feeling most certainly does come back, but I generally only get it maybe once or twice a year, and that is a telltail sign that something is wrong in my life, something I am missing and must deal with. Once I do, it goes away.
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    welcome to the forum, marissa. i had no idea that the pressure was another ptsd thing. sometimes i feel faint, too, but i usually just stand still for a few sec's and it passes. i notice a lot of the time that the back of my head feels "funny". i thought maybe all of it was some kind of side effect from the med.
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  7. anthony

    anthony Master of none!

    I worried myself for a long time thinking I could have a brain tumour, and when I discussed it with trusted doctors, and they told me the symptoms are similar, but there are a few differences, I stopped making myself so anxious about it. Amazing how knowledge helps treat anxiety ha? It is stress and anxiety. If it was a brain tumour, you would actually collapse and pass out frequently.
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  8. jade

    jade Active Member

    So could the stress and pressure be the cause of the constant ringing in my ears? It seems that they have been ringing forever and the quieter my surroundings get the louder the ringing.
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  9. anthony

    anthony Master of none!

    I used to get that one also....
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  10. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt!
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    Huh, this is interesting.. LOL I was told the constant pain/pressure is just due to my migraines.. in fact it was suggested to me that I had a "life long" migraine.. LOL interesting thread...

  11. veiled

    veiled I'm a VIP

    Well, the head pressure, what can I say? Nice to know I don't have at least this symptom, because this one I am clueless on. Just hope y'all find some relief.
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  12. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt!
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    I actually do get breaks from it.. I truly think it's more from me clenching my teeth than anything.. that's enough pressure to snap my teeth. only stands that it would create "pressure" in my head from it.

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    maybe that's it, bec. i clench my teeth at night, and a lot of times during the day, i find myself with my jaw and teeth tightly clenched, for no reason. makes the dentist have a little spending money, though.
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  14. daisymama

    daisymama New Member

    I know this is an old post, but I am hoping to get some updates from those who have responded in this thread.

    My daughter and I both have been through sexual Abuse and PTSD definitely fits my daughter (I've had more time to heal). She is experiencing headache/migraine pain with the additional sensation of her head feeling as though it's going to explode -- blowing up like a balloon against her skull. Is this the feeling of feeling like your head is going to explode that you're talking about?

    She has had the unfortunate experience of not being able to endure a feminine exam and has started her senior year of high school last week, is dropping marching band because of drama there, her dad is not feeing well, on and on. I had wondered if stress was making her headaches worse, as I know it makes my migraines and tension headaches worse, ups my blood pressure, and other health issues.

    Thanks for any help or ideas. She had to go to a children's hospital ER for a headache protocol and then the headache is back today. It will be a month until she can be seen by her new neurologist. She is 17, so at least she is old enough she can tell me what's going on. :)

    Daisy Mama
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  15. cdg

    cdg Active Member

    Yep. I constantly have it. This symptom sucks.
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  16. LostWorld

    LostWorld Member

    Yes I get them as well and hate it
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  17. CALady95661

    CALady95661 New Member

    Oh my goodness, I've had this ear pressure for quite some time now. There are days when I can't get out of bed. I had an MRI and all was well, but the pressure remains. My doctor hasn't a clue what is causing it and it is destroying my life. My doctor said it might be Meniere's Disease, but isn't sure. I'm currently seeing a rehabilitation physical therapist for eye/brain/balance issues. It is helping my balance, but the pressure remains. One day last week I couldn't get off of the couch because I felt like I was going to faint when I moved my head. I've been a migraine sufferer for many years, that have diminished somewhat since menopause. Does it ever go away on its own, or am I doomed to live this way for the rest of my life?
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  18. Abstract

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    There are many things I never really questioned in my life and from early and one of them was this head pressure thing. It's only in the last few years when I started being less disconnected and started getting the hang of the whole self care thing that I started realising it wasn't really OK and that I should try to do something about it.

    I have it much less than I used to have it and I think it is because I am much more self aware and have skills to manage my anxiety better. I am also much better at separating my emotional state and my physical response to it. Less body tensing and teeth grinding going on although they are still a constant problem.
  19. Queen Boudica

    Queen Boudica survivor, fighter to the end.
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    I have constant ringing in my ears. Another thing, I never put down to the stress and anxiety. Would be really good if the ringing went away.
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  20. AngieD

    AngieD New Member

    So I am reading these and I am someone who is going through this too. I feel like my head is under pressure, my balance is off, I have been seeing objects when I close my eyes and blink fast etc, i just feel like I am going to faint or black out.

    Had an MRI done and because they were not looking for anything in specific they are unable to tell me what's wrong. But they see white spots etc on my brain.

    Today my co-worker said my lips were blue/purple ??? This is something new and has me more concerned.

    Anyone have more imput on this?????????????
    #19 AngieD, Apr 7, 2014
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 8, 2014
  21. Annie Marie

    Annie Marie New Member

    I had a full body massage to try to decrease the anxiety etc in my body. Laying down with my head in the face hole my jaw went into a spasm, I began salivating and it was as if I was grinding my teeth. I felt an enormous tension release and after my whole body felt very light. I was in agony the next day but now much more relaxed and at peace. However the buzzing, dizziness, nausea, the feeling that my head is in a vice is still there and I know that I am full of tears. I feel that i am stuck in fight flight mode. The pressure in my eyes and head is still strong. Years ago I saw an Indian Head masseur and felt like a crash helmet had been removed. I recently was traumatises by my Dad again and need to go back to work but feel vulnerable and still a bit defensive etc. So I am going to see a ptsd therapist who works with body trauma, while I am waiting for this appointment I am going to see a crainologist. I think that's how you spell their title. Other Ptsd suffers have highly recommended them. We have to invest in our own healing support as the nhs will not pay for these remedies and cures. Regarding psychpaths who often are behind the abuses, back to the old saying if you can't stand the heat stay out of the kitchen. What I mean is, stay away from the triggers and those who cause emotional distress. Best wishes.
  22. Annie Marie

    Annie Marie New Member

    Sorry it's called craniosacral therapy and is highly recommended. I will feedback on my results. Best wishes.
  23. Junebug

    Junebug I'm a VIP
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    I wonder if facial injuries contribute? I have the 'exploding head' part, ear pressure sometimes, severe facial pain.
    #22 Junebug, Sep 3, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2014
  24. alexandriaQ

    alexandriaQ Guest

    Thats what it is
  25. No that can be an idiopathic pseudotumor, which is a false tumor that mimics a real tumor. They would have to do a lumbar puncture to confirm.
  26. Cinnamon4z

    Cinnamon4z Active Member

    I am not sure if this is a 'migraine'- but i also get a ton of pressure/pain in my head/neck area- everything becomes quite a bit worse during flareups which are just a packet of joy...... hate it...
    Anyways- its like my TMJ, scalp, temples, sides & back of head gonna explode sometimes.....

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