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

Discussion in 'Symptoms & Other 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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  2. 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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  3. vcc123

    vcc123 New 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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  4. anthony

    anthony MyPTSD Admin Staff Member Premium Member

    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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  5. cookie

    cookie New Member

    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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  6. anthony

    anthony MyPTSD Admin Staff Member Premium Member

    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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  7. jade

    jade New 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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  8. anthony

    anthony MyPTSD Admin Staff Member Premium Member

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

    becvan Queen of the Blunt!

    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...

  10. veiled

    veiled New Member

    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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  11. becvan

    becvan Queen of the Blunt!

    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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  12. cookie

    cookie New Member

    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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  13. 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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  14. cdg

    cdg Well-Known Member

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

    LostWorld Member

    Yes I get them as well and hate it
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  16. 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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  17. Abstract

    Abstract VIP Member Premium Member

    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.
  18. Lizio

    Lizio Broken Butterfly Premium Member

    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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  19. 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?????????????
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