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Old 04-03-2005, 04:17 AM   #1
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Pressure feeling at the top of my head

For the past couple of days, I've had this nearly-constant headache located in the back of my head, and also near the top. This is strange for me, since my headaches almost always appear in my forehead area. These headaches the past couple of days have not been severe - not even bad enough to make me take an Aspirin - they've just been... there. I have also had scalp tenderness to go along with it.

But this morning when I woke up, I rolled over in bed and I could feel a kind of pressure in the top of my head. Almost like my brain is swollen, or there is a foreign object in there somewhere. It doesn't really hurt, it just feels full. I've sort of had this feeling before, but not after a couple days of a headache. Has anyone else experienced anything like this? Being a hypochondriac, I always automatically assume it is a brain tumor, or an aneurysm.

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Old 04-03-2005, 01:37 PM   #2
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Re: Pressure feeling at the top of my head

You are not alone, I have had the exact same symptoms for over a week. There is constant pressure on top of my head and it shifts around towards the back and side . It also is not bad enough to really need any type of pain medication. My scalp is tender as well. Like you, first thing i'm going to assume is a brain tumour or some other terrible disease. The constant ache warranted a trip to the doctor. He took an x ray of my sinuses and said I had a severe sinus infection or sinusitis. He put me on some antibiotics. Somehow he prescribed a strength that didn't exist and was almost double the strongest thing available. Some people have chronic sinusitis and antibiotics do not always work, which might need a trip to an ENT. I am still a slave to the head pressure until Monday. I found that sinusistis can cause an ache on the top of the head after some research. Good luck to you.

Old 04-03-2005, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: Pressure feeling at the top of my head

Thank you for the reply, shnswms!

It's comforting to know I am not the only one who is feeling this. The pressure in my head has been shifting around as well. It started on the left side of my head, now it's more towards the top of my head. And it is very annoying! When I mentioned this feeling to my mother this morning, she suggested it could have something to do with my sinuses, and since that seems to be your problem, maybe she is right. Although, I do not seem to have any other symptoms of a sinus infection. I suppose I will wait a couple more days to see if this feeling lets up, then I will consider going to the doctor.

Thank you again for the reply, and good luck to you as well!

Old 04-04-2005, 04:01 PM   #4
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Re: Pressure feeling at the top of my head

Pressure at the back of your head could mean that the pain is coming from your occipital muscles, which are located at the back of the head. Pressure around your forehead could be sinuses or a host of other things, but it could also be referred pain coming from your SCM muscle (big muscles on sides of neck) or your trapezius muscles (a little farther down). Are you under stress and tensing up your shoulders? Is your posture bad? It sounds hard to believe but these muscles can refer pain up to your forehead. I tried to treat so called sinuses/sinus infections for over 9 months before I finally figured out they were actually TMJ related. The TMJ was causing my muscles in the face and neck to go into spasm and referring pain to other areas. If you think you might have TMJ, see a TMJ specialist. If you don't think TMJ is the culprit, maybe find a massage therapist that specializes in trigger point therapy - they work on these muscles and try to work out the knots.


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