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I hope those of you who are suffering from the 'head pressure' (tension headaches) find this post, as this 'ailment' ruined my life for a good year - but I finally got on top of it for the most part and would like to leave information around these health forums on how to beat it, as I see so many people begging for help all over the internet.

Long story short, after smoking marijuana one day and having a severe panic attack whilst high I developed chronic tension headaches caused by anxiety and a panic disorder that lasted for about a year and seriously impacted all aspects of my life. 

Head pressure, 24/7 obsessive, irrational thoughts about the headaches, head/eye/shoulder pain, vision problems, tremors, depersonalization, derealization, fear of never being 'normal' again, body chills - you name it, I had it, every day... I'm sure those of you who've been vigorously searching the web posting your symptoms and asking for help can all relate.

I have one word for you. ANXIETY! I know you will disagree, just as I did - however, I assure you it is anxiety. I had multiple anxiety/panic driven check ups for brain tumours, subarachnoid hemhorraging, sinus issues, jaw issues for TMJ and every other damn headache related thing I could think of and that I discovered on the internet that labelled 'headache' as a symptom. I even spent $3000 to have my wisdom teeth removed, which did nothing lol.

Now, you all want a cure, so here it is... CALM YOURSELF DOWN. Beat the anxiety and the tension headache will go with it. Breathe deeply for 5 minutes, think about nothing but the headache and imagine it slowly fading away. Tell yourself that it is nothing but a figment of your anxiety. Realize that the reason you have this 'head pressure' and other symptoms is because...

You are anxious, the tension headache arises, you dwell on it and make yourself more tense, the headache gets worse, you become more anxious. It's a neverending circle. You need to break that circle. Here's how:

- learn about and practice mindfulness (this helps immensely)

- exercise, go for a jog or lift some weights for a few days each week (this really helps too)

- when you are done with your job, daily activities or whatever it is you do, whip up a herbal tea consisting of camomile, passionflower, skullcap, damiana, or whatever nervous system calming thing you can get your hands on

What ever calms your racing mind, do it. Whether it be gaming, reading, walking, fishing, bike riding. I do highly recommend you do the above 3 things though as they are what saved me.

If you don't believe me that it is anxiety, google it and do a bit of reading. It will all make sense once you can make yourself believe that it could be that. You just need to consider it to begin your path to having a normal feeling head - not that feeling where it's full of pressure. Heck, if you still don't believe me, take some friggin xanax or drink a few beers and lay down for a bit and take your mind of it with a movie or a book, I guarantee you the headache will almost disappear, or at least fade a bit.

Anyway, hope I could help and good luck to all your poor people who are letting the head pressure consume you. You can do it but. I did it, so you can too. Don't get me wrong, I still get the occasional one, but that's normal. I still suffer from anxiety and was diagnosed with GAD (general anxiety disorder), but I am slowly getting it under control.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me.

Here's to a headache free you!

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Hi,

Thanks This is abhishek from india ! I am facing the same , from past two years its bit control but i feel scared to go aone somewhere, please suggest me some good tips..

I m also confused whther i should start gyming or not.some sugest not to do it and also i feel terrible pain on my neck and left shoulder, its started wid same ..


Thanks

Abhishek 


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Hey pal,

Don't be afraid that you have no control over it all. You do, you just don't realize it.

Start some form of fitness regime, eat healthy, practice mindfulness and meditation... basically just do things that help you relax to ease that tension!

Try taking magnesium chelate in capsule form. It's a known muscle tension reliever. I use it sometimes and it helps me. I take 3x500mg capsules 3x a day.

All of your problems are anxiety based. Sort out your anxiety and the physical symptoms will diminish, I assure you.
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Thank alot man.
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No worries friend. Hope I helped you out of that head pressure filled hell lol.
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Hey did you ever find gastric disturbances increasing your forehead pressure. Mine seems to increase after eating and with Gas. The reports all come out negative. Is it truly all anxiety related?
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I 100% have the gastric distrubances! exactly like you described. And when i start telling myself its just my anxiety the headpressure starts to decrease. Crazy
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I get that headache every time I get into a relationship and it is controlling my life . I run from everything it makes me sick
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Did you feel jaw tightness with your tension headache? This is why I'm having a hard time differencing the two. Mine did start with a little clenching from the anxiety and one day I was eating and my jaw sort of popped? I had a migraine almost hangover like the next day but after that it became a tension headache daily for the last four months. I can't tell if ire tmj or anxiety. I started having anxiety issues last March but never had the tension until the incident I had..so I'm just curious if your felt jaw tightness too
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Did you feel jaw tightness with your tension headache? This is why I'm having a hard time differencing the two. Mine did start with a little clenching from the anxiety and one day I was eating and my jaw sort of popped? I had a migraine almost hangover like the next day but after that it became a tension headache daily for the last four months. I can't tell if ire tmj or anxiety. I started having anxiety issues last March but never had the tension until the incident I had..so I'm just curious if your felt jaw tightness too
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Hi there, my name is Josh and I'm 25 years old and I feel like I am suffering the same symptoms as you are. My anxiety started about 2 months ago when my best friend passed away of esophageal cancer. I kept thinking anything wrong with me was cancer and it made me very on edge all the time. As time went by and after a couple blood tests I thought I had it under control until I had one really bad fight with my wife and all my symptoms return and now I'm going on week 2 straight of tension headaches. I also sometimes feel like I'm not controlling my mind. It also gives me slight stomach acid in my upper abdomen area not necessarily heart burn though. I haven't been diagnosed with GAD but I surely feel all the symptoms of it. Do you think that my issues is anxiety? Also with my tension headaches I sometimes scare myself into thinking it is a brain tumor or something else wrong with my help. Thank you for reading this, any help or advice would help.
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Dear Josh,
I believe your GAD is your anxiety. One of my best friends gets that way who suffers from anxiety. You do not have a brain tumor because of tension headaches. It was def triggered. Brain rumors come with other symptoms and I believe you watching your best friend pass away over time gave you this phobia. My anxiety was triggered by a phobia as well.
I strongly suggest meditation. It takes practice but the honest guys on you tube are amazing, Google , YouTube, the honest guys, blissful thinking. I promise it will help you to the road of recovery .
I'm thirty six and started having bad anxiety last year and I feel normal again thanks to meditation. It is amazing how your mind is so powerful. You can do it, anxiety is a battle against yourself. I use daily to say why is this happening to me? Question yourself next time and say why I am feeling this way instead of why is this happening!

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Also I have a few friends who have suffered from anxiety and helped me get thru it. You need an understanding support system to take your head back down from the clouds!
I also recommend a book the power of now...he is simply brilliant. You can also google some quotes by the author to understand why you have anxiety. Life in the moment. Do not think of yesterday or tomorrow, live now.
Michelle (I commented above too)

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Thank you Michelle for your advice! I will definitely look into meditation and the Power of Now. I'm at the point now where I don't feel much anxiety during the day but my symptoms are al still pretty much there. So I'll try mediation and hope it can help!
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No problem! I still get tension headaches too but they don't seem as bad as they used to be. I hope eventually it will fade away. I also think mine could br tmj related. Are you clenching at night? This is what triggered mine I believe from anxiety and clenching in my sleep - Michelle
Keep me posted on the meditation!!
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