Hi, my name is Mike and I have been suffering from dull pressure headaches for over 6 years now. It started while I was in college, after getting my wisdom teeth removed. At first, I didn't even notice the discomfort. I was first aware that I couldn't focus and remember things as well as I used to be able to. After awhile, I noticed there were sore/tender areas around my temple and in certain places on my neck. At first, I just tried to ignore the symptoms and continue working on school work. Over time, I became more anxious about my condition (especially the memory/cognitive effects) and became depressed. I began taking an SSRI, which really just made me care less about my issues, and I have tried ignoring them for a long time. Last year, after being unsuccessful of going off my SSRI (I get anxious about continuing to feel these headaches and having poor thought processes), I decided enough was enough and looking for various solutions.
- pressure on either side of my head, around my temples, that radiates to my forehead, around my eyes, and nose
- the pressure is pretty constant, but gets worse from the right after I wake up, and generally worse during the day at work (using a computer most of the day)
- it feels like my muscles' natural position is just more tight, and that as my body pumps blood to the area, it gets even more tight
- I generally feel disconnected with the world around me, like I am spacey or sleepy or just out of it. And no matter what I do, I can't snap out of it
I continually try to clear my ears, or alleviate the pressure somehow, but obviously it doesn't work.
I'm pretty convinced its physical, not psychological. After research, it seems like some sort of chronic tension headache or more likely, something like a new daily persistent headache. If these symptoms hit home, or anyone thinks they have experienced similar headaches, please feel free to contact me.