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Thanks for taking the time to read my post. For some time now its hard to say exactly maybe a year maybe longer, i've had this feeling of pressure within my head. I guess the best way to describe it in layman's terms would be that it feels like my brain is swolen up and pressing against my skull mostly in the front of my head. Thought it could be sinus, but the ENT said it was OK. Had a CT scan last year (without contrast) and they said it was OK. Now recently, i've began experiencing periods of dizziness and faintness especially when the pressure in my head is higher. This often goes along with or is preceeded by a long duration headache. It comes and goes, some days are better than others, often times I am fine for a week and then it hits me again. Right now, today, is a very bad day. I feel faint, dizzy, and like I just need to lay down and sleep, even though I slept for 15 hours last night because I had a headache.

Please help me, the dizziness and faintness and pressure inside my head is very scary, and the doctors don't seem to have an answer. Sometimes I just feel like I'm going to faint and die right there. I am not a hypochrondriac and am otherwise healthy as far as i know. At least can anyone relate to me if you don't have an answer? I am not even 30 years old yet and I am worried about sickness so early in my life..

thank you.
Well all I can say is that I went to the doctors hundreds of times, I was sure it was the symptoms causing the anxiety, not the other way around. But it is three years later and I am still here. When I started my new job recently I had a headache and felt dizzy, confused and tired for a week. I went crying to the doctor, sure I had a brain tumor. He did blood tests, looked in my ears, mouth and checked my stomach. He was sure it was 'all in my head'. Caused by stress and anxiety.

I do have social phobia and health anxiety though so I'm sure that added to it. I had to start a new job and meet loads of people which is quite stressful for me but I thought I was coping ok, no reason to be dizzy.

The reason I asked was because I used to feel 'ok' for the first half hour/ hour upon waking. Then it would set in and I'd feel dizzy and lethargic with pains in my head. I was still worried it was something serious. But it's passed now. I also used to feel light-headed a lot.

Do you feel like you're in a 'brain-fog' sometimes, that you can't quite take everything in?

The important thing is, DON'T ASSUME IT IS ANXIETY. Make sure you see a different doctor to get a different opinion and get all of the tests done that you can. It's good to be on the safe side. Just don't rule out anxiety.

Also I've read a lot about allergys. Your headaches and tiredness may be a simple allergy to wheat/ lactose (in milk)/ fruit/ anything so you should look into getting an allergy test done. You should be able to find info in books or on the net on how to eliminate foods from your diet for a while.

There was a post I was reading on these boards about M(c)G(s)? in food. Some chemical in processed food is making some people have pressure in their head a bit like you describe. I think it's under 'headaches' or 'inner ear disorders'. So I would check that out as well. Good luck.. :)
Thank you all for your replies. I have re-written my story to be more detailed, This is what I plan on giving to my doctor so I won't forget anything....so this is just a little more info (by the way, the brain tumor thing worries the heck out of me):


Beginning about a year or so ago, I began having this pressure in my head, mostly behind my forehead, eyes, nose, and temples. I used to think it was sinus, but the ENT says no problems. The pressure in my head could best be described as a "full" feeling, almost as if my head were filled with water about it was about to burst.

I had my first dizzy spell about 7 months ago where I began seeing flashes of light in the corner of my eyes and felt as if I was going to faint and ended up going to the Emergency Room where they ran a CT scan that came back no problems. Just recently about a month ago, I began having more frequent headaches. And I have begun having more frequent and pronounced dizzy spells. Before a month or 2 ago, I had occasional dizzy spells mostly when I tilted my head or was lying down, but they usually went away. But more recently, the dizziness seems to go along with the amount of pressure I am feeling in my head. During a typical episode, I will wake up with a splitting headache which lasts most of the day, or even up to 2 days, and usually the dizzy spells begin when the headache starts to go away.

It is not exactly like the room is spinning, but more like it is just bouncing around violently, up and down, back and forth. Very often, if I lay down on my side or back, the pressure in my head goes way up, and the dizziness is dramatically higher, and when I close my eyes the dizziness no longer bothers me but if I open my eyes the world is still bouncing around.

Normally, I feel the best when I first wake up, unless I wake up with a headache, which is not uncommon. The dizziness and pressure usually seem to get worse as the day goes on. Sometimes I have to stop what I'm doing and just sit down and close my eyes.

This is affecting my life and I'm wondering if there is any clear cut answer. Some days are almost symptom-free, where as other days, I cannot bear to leave the house in fear of fainting, or getting very dizzy out in public. It has been suggested that maybe stress is a factor, however I should point out that I don't really have much stress, in fact all i do for the most part is sit around the house, exercise, and get on the internet, and the fact that my dizziness is often dramatically worse when I lay on my side, makes me question how it could be psychological and not physical...not to mention the headaches and pressure in my head.

So, to summarize: CT scan normal 7-8 months ago after first "incident". Pressure in my head has been going on constantly for at least a year. Just recently dizzy spells and pressure have got worse, especially the dizziness, and light headedness
I have the same problems dizziness when laying down and always feeling lightheaaded,horrible headaches that get worse at night, feeling tired but cnt sleep, my head feels like their is so much pressure on it and hurts so bad. I have never had such a bad pain in my head like this before and my doctor just wrote me off and said its all in my head. He thinks that I am fine and it is anxiety. I feel for you because it feels like thats all doctors say its like the easy way out for them.





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