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Head pressure
Jan 10, 2006
Hi, I'm a 16 year old boy. I am obese, and have been overweight for most of my life. I'm 6'1. I don't drink, smoke or do drugs.

In early July 2005, I started having a squeezing tension in my lower forehead. I still get this from time to time, but I figured out that putting muscle cream on it makes it go away.

In mid-late August 2005, I started getting head pressure in the back of my head. I only feel the pressure when I'm sitting or laying down. When I'm walking around or doing activity, I do not feel this pressure. Also, when I look down at the ground I don't feel this pressure. The pressure isn't constant, its off and on, worse some days than others. It hasn't gotten any worse since it started, if anything its gotten slightly better.

The thing I also noticed is, I have pain in my upper back. I've actually had this since about early July, when the forehead tension began. I slept in a waterbed for most of my life, but ever since late May, I began sleeping on a mattress. Could this be causing the back pain?

Anyways, the thing I don't know is if the head pressure is causing the back pain, or if the back pain is causing the head pressure.

Of course, when I had head pressure- the first thing I thought was a brain tumor. But I've looked up symptoms of brain tumors and head pressure was not included in any of the lists I've seen.

I haven't had any other symptoms associated with this- no headaches, vision problems, dizziness, coordination problems, blackouts, personality changes, laziness, etc. In other words- it hasn't affected my daily life at all. It is just simply pressure in the back of my head and light pains in my back.

Does this sound life threatening? I am worried, but part of me thinks I may be overreacting to this. Does it sound like it could just all be being caused by the back pains?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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