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Old 05-09-2009, 01:25 AM   #1
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Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.


I have constant head pressure and chest tightness 24/7/365 atleast for the last 15 years.

I went to Cardiologist, and Gastroenterologist but they were clueless. They conducted tests like 24 hr Holter Monitor test, Upper Endoscopy, Gastric Motility Disorder test, and Abdominal Ultrasound but all the tests were normal. I also used medication for stress/anxiety but it didn't give any relief.

Eating/drinking and exercise worsen the symptoms.

It has been driving me crazy for so many years that I am finally begining to think that it is not worth living any more.

Does anybody experience head pressure and chest tightness together all the time?

Please help.

Old 05-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

hi pelonis, yep have had these symtoms. have you had any CT /MRI's of your neck and head done?? ive had similar symptoms. i believe alot to do with it is anxiety however once you get this out of your system you can pin point what is actually happening, in my case my head pressure was brought on by the anxiety/stress, now that its out of my system my neck seems to be where the pressure radiates from and my latest ct scan has stated i have minor retrolisthesis of C4/C5. so perhaps get these done also. hang in there!

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Old 05-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

Hi fuzzy, thank you very much for your response.

I am very glad that you found the cause of your symptoms.

I haven't had any CT/MRI so far. I have appointment with neurologist this Monday. I may get them done.

I used anxiety medication for many months. But it didn't improve the symptoms. I was also involved with Tai Chi, Yoga etc but they didn't help much either.

If it is ok, can you please tell me the list of all tests done for your head pressure? Because I don't have any idea about neurology tests, and the doctors I met so far don't seem to be very proactive. If I can find some information about the tests before I see him, that will help.

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Old 05-17-2009, 05:07 PM   #4
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

Hi Pelonis, I dont know that this is the cause of my symptom just yet, i am hoping so however i do feel confident seeing that i feel like i have exited all of the anxiety from my system. In my case i know the head pressure was caused by stress/anxiety, straining, all associated with panic attacks crazy thoughts which use to make my body and muscles tense (you dont notice this when thisis happening though). And you will find that your symptoms may manifest into other things or lessen into other things like mine went from head pressure, to balance problems to neck pressure with balance problems, to just neck pressure, this is why i believe anxiety has alot to do with it.

I have had blood tests done to check thyroids and other info, ct neck, ct brain, mri brain, have been to ENT (ear specialist) to rule that out. So next steps are to go to biofeedback where they hook you up to monitors to measure if you have any underlying stress anxiety in your body. also going to an osteo to target the retrolisthesis. everyones case may be different though. hope you can find out what it is for you.

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Old 05-21-2009, 05:43 PM   #5
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

I have the pressure in my head also. Never had it before. Then I was diagnosed with diabeties and Doctor's tried every diabetic medication, including insulin. All of them increased my head pressure. Now even drugs like antibiotics and even Pepcid make it so much worse. None of the Doctor's I've seen can tell me what it is or if certain med's are the problem or it' something else. They keep saying I'm anxious. I'm not. It's an aweful feeling. If anyone has had tests that help, or solutions of any kind, I'd love to hear, can't really stand the head pressure another day!

Old 05-23-2009, 07:26 PM   #6
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

Hi all,

Thank you very much for your support and suggestions.

I went to see neurologist last Monday and he said that my symptoms could be happening because of decreased blood flow to my brain. He asked me to try klonopin .5 mg each night. I have tried it for 5 days and the good news is that my symptoms are almost disappearing. Of course it is still need to be investigated the cause of decreased blood flow to the brain but for time being I have so much relief. I am able to eat normally. Hope this may help anyone out there suffering with the same problem.

Old 09-09-2011, 08:43 AM   #7
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Re: Constant Head Pressure and Chest Tightness. Please help.

WOW I am so glad I found someone with similar issues...tell me if you have a hard time speaking like because the pressure is to great in your head and chest that it makes it worse to talk...this is what i am experiencing everyday its near dibilitating and no one knows whats wrong no doctors or tests are revealing anything....but for me the pressure is bad but then gets wayyyyyyyyyyy worse when I talk a lot...and I also find it hard to exhale. Lots of pressure in the chest along with the heead almost like they are working in conjunction with each other to make me explode lol let me know if you feel anything like this please thank you!

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