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Pressure/Tightness on head

I have a Pressure/Tightness on the head for more than 12 years and this is in the
head  always. I have met quite a few people online with similar issue and sure the intensity could vary for different people.

I always had difficulty in explaining the condition to the doctors. It is the feeling on the head
like, after you remove a heavy hat after wearing for a long time. Or like you had too many drinks
and had no sleep for couple days. It is around the head, mainly upper fore head, behind the head and right side of the face.
There is a feeling of tightness also on the muscle under and corner of the right side of
the right eye.

From the beginning itself I had floaters in the eye, astigmatism (2 eyes have different power).
If I press on certain spots (nodes) behind my neck (Skull meets neck), I can feel the pain.

Never smoked or had any exposure to drugs. I try to do some neck exercises etc.

I had been to neurologist and done CT scan, MRI of the brain and neck etc. All came normal. Doctor also had me go to the Chiropractor for the neck.

I have a feeling that is some nerve jammed somewhere sending this false message to the brain.

I don't think about it but always looking for an end to this feeling and have a 100% productive life
as this has an impact on my work, career growth, attending meetings, memory, learning new stuff etc.

I know this is not a life threatening issue but is nuisance and becomes issue thinking about it
and has an impact.

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Wow I have never heard anyone else with that same problem! I too, have had the squeezing, pressure and tightness in my head for about 10 years! and the heavy hat feeling is right on.
You are right, it is so hard to explain it to the doctors. I tried explaining once that if i press on the sides of my head and release it, it almost feels like how a sponge looks after you let it go. I also worry about the things I am experiencing along with it...the memory, headaches, lightheadedness. I have had CT scans and MRI's also, and they have come back normal. My neck MRI did come back with some degenerative disc but they said wouldn't affect what i am experiencing.    I always think too that is a nerve somewhere being pinched.  please if you get any answers to why this happens please post...it drives me crazy!
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Hi,

Thanks for writing in.
Your symptoms seem to be due to stress and fatigue. The headache which feels like tightness in the head is most likely a tension headache. Since your neck X rays and MRI have been clear the possibility of nerve compression does not seem to be very likely. Nerve compression over a period of time tends to get worse and produces other symptoms also like tingling numbness.
I would suggest you to learn some self relaxation techniques like breathing exercises and meditation and take OTC pain killers. Head massage will also help in relieving the tension in the scalp muscles.
Take care!
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Dear Dr. Noopur,

Thank you for responding to my problem.
I was treated couple times for tension headache.
Most of the medications made it worse.  I also noticed Coffee also makes it worse.

I just started taking couple Advil in the morning. I do not have much stress in life other than the normal stuff.
Thanks again for responding.  I will try to do Breathing exercise consistently.

Tom
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Ive had these same symptoms with visual floaters and pressure throughout my head for over 6 months now. Ive had a brain mri which came back negative and a cervical spine mri which revealed bone spurs from c2-c7. The Neurologist didnt think it was causing any nerve impingement but I really want a second opinion. All of my blood work and everything has come back negative. OTC medicines do absolutely nothing for my symptoms. The pressure is as you described, a heavy head feeling, sort of like a hang over but while being completely sober.
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Hi xI_dean_Ix,

Thanks for writing in.
Bony spurs at the back of neck are also known as osteophytes. Ostephytes can cause nerve compression causing severe pain and numbness. Bony spurs rub against the nerves or the tendons and ligaments causing pain. I would also suggest you to seek a second opinion on this.


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DrNoopurMD,

Do you know of any good, laser spine, minimally invasive doctors anywhere near SC or somewhere worth traveling to?
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Hi Xl-
Have you ever looked in to occipital neuralgia.  Some one on a different board had suggested to look in to this.  I will bring this up in my next Doc visit.

The pressure make me feel as if I am not fully there,  Kind of in a Hang-over mood.  This impacts me when in meetings as I could look like half asleep to others and the grasping power is much lower than the real potential.
Tom
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I have this head tightness on the back of my head which occurred while on this medication called, "risperidone" and it went away slightly. I feel it every day and is only unnoticeable when I keep myself active. In my opinion I was severely misdiagnosed. When I got off the medication, the headache became an annoying and energy sucking problem. It's been 5 months and my general practitioner told me that it was because I'm getting older. I'm 22 for god sakes and it happened suddenly, not over time. I'm beginning to hate doctors for this. If this doesn't go away over time I swear I'm going to go postal.
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I have been having the same symptoms as alot of people ive seen on here and i am really worried. I have had head pressure, ear ache, worrying about a possible brain tumor, and worrying that my Ct scan may not have shown a tumor and that a MRI could.  I am 17 and i have been having head aches for the last two weeks.  I have had the head pressure which feels like my head being squished, my nose has pressure on it but its not stuffy, sharpness and fullness in my ear, my throat has felt tight like there is flem (phlegm) in it, i have had diarrhea, and since this has started all i have done is worried about it.  I heard that stress and anxiety could cause this.  I have also had the cat scan and been to the doctor.  I feel like the cat scan could have missed something and i want a MRI but the doctor says i don't need one.  I originally i thought this was a neck strain after my rough snowmobiling trip but my symptoms wont go away.  Also laying down makes my head hurt more and its very hard to go to sleep.  I haven't gone to school since this started because daily activities make this worse.  I was just wondering if anyone has had symptoms like this and if anyone can help me i would be very greatful
Thanks keith
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I'M HAVING ALL THE SAME SYPMTOMS WHO DO I TALK TO..I DON'T HAVE A REGUALR DOCTOR..AND NO INSURANCE WHAT'S MY FIRST STEP TO EVEN BE ABLE TO REQUEST A CAT SCAN OR MRI..OR TO EVEN SEE IF I NEED ONE..MY HEADCHES HAVE WORSENED OVER THE YEAR SOMETOME EXCEDRIN WORKS FOR THE PAIN BUT THE PRESSURE IS STILL THERE ..SOMETIMES THE HEADCHES COME RIGHT BACK I HAVE A HEADACHES ALL DAY EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST 3 WEEKS..STIFF NECK..NOSE FEELS STUFFY..MOOD CHANGES SHORTNESS A BREATH..
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Hello Everyone,

My story is similar to many of the issues I have read on this site. I have been having a tight nerves and pressure on my head. It is specially servere at the top of the head. But, sometimes it seems like something or my nerves is moving from one place to another. When this is happening, I have difficulty reading and concentrating
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My younger brother (age 30) is suffering from almost same problem (since last 10 yrs) you descibed in http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Migraines--Headaches/Pressure-Tightness-on-head/show/653318. CAT scan and MRI everything is normal. Last year B12 deficiency was identified and treatment (Methylcobalamine injection) is still continued. Initially it helped but it is no longer helping him.
Please help us by letting us know that how did you get treatment for the same. Please reply. Any pointers given by you would be a great help.
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Did your head tightness ever go away? Did you ever find out if it was from risperidone or something else
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It's been years since this was posted.

To date I have tried gluten free diet, been tested for celiacs, tmj doctor with a mouth splint, chiropractic care, seen multiple neurologists, neurosurgeons, countless labs and bloodwork, tested for lymes, and so on.

The herniated disc in my neck at c3 at c6 are getting worse but the neurosurgeon doesnt recommend surgery or does he feel its causing my constant daily head pressure. He says the location of the herniation would cause left arm tingling but not headaches or pressure in my head.

My symptoms have gotten worse too. Along with constant pressure, visual floaters, sore neck, I also experience intermittent facial tingling, a disoriented brain fog type state...it's a feeling of being hungover while completely sober is the best way to describe it.

He suggests I have a spinal tap. Prior to my symptoms starting back in 2008 I had a horrible flu. About a month or so later is when the dull pressure and dizziness set in. It's been downhill since.

He's thinking there couldve been a viral infection from the flu that created this mess.I'm just curious if almost 5 years later it could be cured if it was in fact flu related.
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By the way, I'm xl_dean_lx. For some reason I couldnt log in with my original account but it's me with the same undiagnosed issues.
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I have had common symptoms as described in this thread. Head pressure that feels like wearing a hat, headache in the back of the head, tingling on the head, sore neck, sinus congestion, snot as thick as contact cement, irritated eyes that are crusty when I awake in the morning, numbness in arms, pressure in chest, stomach aches, constipation, etc. This has been going on for years. No doctor has ever came up with a diagnosis to tell me the cause.

I have finally found out the root of my problems. Synthetic chemicals in fragrances. This stuff is so prevalent in our society that you can't get away from it. But now that I am aware I do my best to minimize my exposure.

Below are some links for those who are interested in doing some research. You can start by doing an internet search on "air freshener dangers". When reading through the air freshener warnings understand that much of these same chemicals are in women's perfumes, men's colognes, body/hand lotions, soaps, fabric softeners, etc. Look on your products label for the ingredients "fragrance", "perfume" or "parfum", If you see any of them it has synthetics chemicals.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_freshener
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3018511/
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