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Is this what a headrush feels like?

snessie

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So this is probably a stupid question but I am going to ask it anyway.

For months I have been feeling pressure in my head, in waves of about 10/20 seconds. I notice that I feel it after I change from sitting to standing, but also when I am just lying down in bed or at random moments.
Two days ago I was just walking and out of nowhere I felt a pressure building up in my entire head. No pain, just heavy pressure. I seriously thought that something in my head had burst and I was about to die. The pressure was building up for about 15 seconds, then it went away. I was really panicking after that. To be fair, it was 12 in the afternoon and I didn't really eat or drink yet (just one tea, I was at work), so maybe it was because of dehydration or something? This time the pressure was more extreme, normally it is milder but I still feel it.

I went on the internet (I know, I know) to see if those feelings could just be something innocent like a headrush, to reassure myself that I don't have a brain tumor or something. What worries me is that headrushes are described as feeling lightheaded/dizzy. I don't feel lightheaded, my head feels heavy, like waves of heaviness hitting my head (although short) which makes me think the feeling I get is not normal.

Is this also headrush or what? Maybe I am worrying about something totally normal and I am just very aware of the feeling because I am so focused on it?

Thank you
 
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Bearcat999

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I don't think you can even be in an anxiety group without the feeling you describe. It's a feeling like your head is a bit over-inflated. Honestly, I think that is one of the hallmark symptoms of anxiety.
 

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I get what you are describing. I get pressure, not pain. I even get it in my face around my eyes. In my ears. Sometimes it is bad and sometimes just comes and goes. When my anxiety is high it is worse. And sometimes I feel like my head is on another planet. lol I blame it on anxiety.
 

snessie

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Thanks for the replies!
I've had anxiety for years and thought by now I knew practically all the symptoms it can cause, but this one is new for me. Good to hear that it is a 'common' sensation, at least for anxious people.
 

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Yeah, that's not what I call a head rush, but it certainly wreaks of anxiety! Pretty normal for many of us.
 
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