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Does anyone else have pressure in head with dizziness?

I never truly experienced anxiety until I was about 21 years old. Most of my life I was fine, never feared anything, lived care free and never once thought about dying of a heart attack or anything else. I ran the roads, went to parties and just had fun. I had an episode when I was 11 years old and I found my mom dead, but by 16 I was back at it full swing. Then I got married at the age of 20, still no anxiety. Between 18 and 20, I began to gain weight very quickly. By the age of 21 I had went from 250lbs and a wrestler to 410lbs and could barely run 20 feet. But when it really hit me was when I was in the delivery room with my wife when my son was born. When they popped the sac to start delivery, they saw mucus which they said could be a complication with the baby (Thank God it wasn't) But at the time, I felt my first chest pain and my heart started racing and I started freaking out. After that it was down hill, I started having more and more chest pains. Everything else was fine, but my chest would hurt and sometimes it would even radiate down my arm and up my neck. So I made several trips to the ER to only be told it was GERD or something similar. Then came the panic attack that gave me heart palpitations, I thought I was truly going to die. That night at the ER is when they told me they believe I have a Panic/Anxiety disorder. So me feeling convinced I was going to die went to the cardiologist and had every test available on the market ran on me. Only to be told that my heart was perfectly healthy and that I had no blockages. So even though here and there I have a pain, I have to convince myself that I am not having a heart attack. But now, it has been 2 months since I had chest pains or feared heart attack but now it is my head. I started having some headaches with some dizziness, then it started getting worst. It started getting to where I had to take Excedrin Migraine almost everyday. I just started a new job and have a lot of stressful things going on right now, so I have been trying to convince myself it is just my anxiety. But then I started having like pressure in my neck, back of my head, sometimes radiating to the top of my head with some pain here and there, but mainly like a pressure, I can hear a rush or heart beat noise in my ear when I hold my head a certain angle and when my head gets a lot of pressure or I hold it so that I can hear the heartbeat, the heartbeat causes me to get dizzy. I really get like this when I feel stressful and the more stress I feel like I get, the dizzier and more pressure I feel? Has anyone else had this? Am I going crazy? I want to go have it looked at, but I am so tired of Doctors and others telling me to stop wasting my money and Doctors time with my anxiety. Because it does seem like every time I go to the doctor it ends up being anxiety. What should I do, has anyone had this problem with your head? It is horrible and when it gets bad it even causes me problems as far as not being able to walk or having to pull over when driving because I am dizzy. Please let me know if anyone else has had these problems. I also suffer from occasional tingling and numbness in my arms, legs, face and sometimes down my back it feels like.
Category: Symptoms 8 years ago
jordan.moore
Asked 8 years ago

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You've mentioned a couple of the main symptoms of anxiety. Remember that Anxiety can affect every system in your body, so anything you feel could be related directly to the anxiety. Chest and arm pain, arm (or hand and foot) numbness/tingling, headaches (or as we sometimes call it, brain fog) - I also call it hangover head.. the pressure of a hangover, but not a lot of pain, GERD, and lots of other annoying things - can all be attributed to anxiety. One thing to keep in mind is that doctors have cleared you (and your heart) a few times it sounds like. For this, I'd recommend two things.. One - when you start feeling an attack, remind yourself that you are ok... if there was a problem, the doctors/hospitals wouldn't have let you go.. you may need to repeat that to yourself a few times, but you will start to believe it. Two - Exercise - get your heart rate going for a bit (even a short, but brisk walk) - something to increase your heartbeat.. your body will recover naturally, and you'll learn to start trusting your body, which will help dispute what the anxiety is trying to tell you... I should also mention - as far as the heart goes, I have been in your shoes, including an ambulance trip to the ER, and follow ups with other cardiologists. In regards to the headaches, it sounds like your brain might be in fight or flight mode, and putting out a lot of cortisol, which can cause just about anything. I haven't found a "cure"/coping mechanism for them, but the more I've learned to control my anxiety and not worry about other aches and pains (which I still have in my left arm and sometimes chest), the less severe the headaches and dizziness become. As you probably know, anxiety is a nasty catch 22.. it makes you worry, which feeds the anxiety, which makes you worry even more, and so on.. The trick is to catch the attacks as they start (or beforehand) and limit them. It takes time, and isn't quick.. but it does help... Also, try to find things to relax and "de-stressify" from the day - be it exercise, yoga, meditation, or anything else you do to wind down and relax. One last thing - It helps to have someone professional to talk to (in my opinion) - if you can find a therapist/psychologist in your area, it might be worth trying an appointment or two to see if it helps you... If you want meds, you'd probably have to see a psychiatrist... but if you can manage to cope on your own, a psychologist should do just fine... Wishin' you the best!
Ryche
Answered 8 years ago
Ryche

Thank you Ryche.. it makes me feel a little better to hear this and actually as I type this and realize that anxiety can cause this I can kind of feel the headache and pressure easing up. I am sure that will not last long as I worry constantly. I worry about bills, worry about my health, about being here for my kids and so on. I have tried several things and I have noticed that when I lay down in a dark and cool room, I really begin to feel better. My blood pressure and heart rate have been up, so I have been working on a diet and exercise regimen to try and lower both. I hate anxiety, it is horrible and the worst part of it is try to describe or explain to people around you. Whether it be your boss, spouse or family/friends. They all cannot come to understand that certain things trigger my anxiety and that when I ask them to stop talking about things or etc. that it is not being rude or mean, but that I know if we go down that road I will end up with an attack. My doctor still wants me to see a neurologist just to be safe that there is no danger like aneurysm or tumor. But he said if all comes back clear then he would suggest me working on my stress and anxiety. Thank goodness my doctor actually considers anxiety. My previous doctor kept saying that there was something wrong with me and that I was a hypochondriac. Another thing that could possibly be causing some of my pain and pressure is I have a pinched nerve in my neck according to my Dr and Chiropractor. Oh well, I will let everyone know what happens and if I find relief in anything because I have noticed that a lot of people have these symptoms more than I thought. Thanks again for the advice and encouragement. I am glad I found a site that helps other anxiety sufferers.
jordan.moore
Answered 8 years ago
jordan.moore

I get these type of headaches often, you both described it perfectly. I used to get anxiety over it, because I couldn't even bend over to do laundry without feeling like my head was going to explode with pressure. I was sure I had an aneurism or brain tumor ( always has to be worse case scenario right? ) but really it's just all of the muscles supporting my neck and upper back are sore from extreme tension- I am so tense from the anxiety- muscle I didn't even know were there are getting sore. Basically I have to lay down and relax, take a hot Epsom salt bath, drink tons of water and take ibuprofen when it gets bad. I've also been trying to catch myself when I'm tense clenching my teeth and straining my back- when I catch myself I purposely repeat in my head "Relax"- sometimes it works :)
jessiemin
Answered 8 years ago
jessiemin

Jordan - Glad to have been of some help/support/etc... what you are saying does make sense. When you lay down in a cool, dark room, you are kind of cut off - de-sensorizing yourself in a way. When my anxiety was peaking, I would do the same - and use one of those new-age nature sound CD's as white noise in the background. It always made me feel better. As for the doctors/neurologist, I say go for it.. assuming everything comes back fine, that is just one more thing you can use when attacks start.. you can tell yourself that you know you are healthy as all the docs you've seen have said so. If you were in danger, they'd be sending you to the ER. You definitely aren't alone - and this is a great site with lots of good people that have been there.. it's a huge help!
Ryche
Answered 8 years ago
Ryche

Yes I am just glad I found the website. A little bit of an update. I took an Excedrin Migraine last night and it seemed to take almost all of the pain and pressure out of my head. I felt great except when I tried to run and ESPECIALLY if I tried to turn my head side to side real fast when blowing on my little boy's belly, I got like this head pressure at the top of my head and then I would get dizzy. I could also here like this whooshing sound in my head. Is this also anxiety related? Just wondering? I have high blood pressure, been trying to get it lowered naturally with working out and eating better, so I dont have to go on pills. But does any of this make sense?
jordan.moore
Answered 8 years ago
jordan.moore

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