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My brain feels swollen, is this anxiety?

I feel like this most of the day,everyday. Very rarely it will go away and if it does it will go away for about an hour and than come back full force. It is very hard to explain, it almost feels like my brain is swollen or drowning and it causes SEVERE pressure in my forehead area and at the base of my skull by my upper neck area and also causes very bad stiff neck. My eye ridges will feel pressurized too causing me to have difficulty focusing on things. Sometimes I will get very violent thoughts / urges during these "episodes" and will experiance to cold sweat. I have also noticed my cognition has declined tremendously, so has my memory. When I was young, I was recognized for my incredible memory, now I have difficulty remembering what I ate for breakfast not to mention my constant "brain farts" due to the unbearable brain fog. I can hardely hold a decent conversation with someone while feeling like this because I can't think of what to say and I space out so much to the point that I don't remember what the other person has said to me during the conversation.I have gotten an MRI, several blood tests, been to an ENT Specialist, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and am giving up hope pretty rapidly. My depression kicks in full force when I start to experiance these symptoms and its hard to go outside feeling like this. Please does anybody have any idea what is wrong with me? Can anyone relate? Who and What can help? Thank you in advance!

P.S During these episodes I rarely get any REAL anxiety symptoms like racing heart, shakiness, tingling and panic. These feeling increase in intensity and decrease in intensity as the day goes on... the worst being a 10 and the best being a 3 or a 4 from a scale of 1 - 10 in discomfort.

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chelle37
chelle37

Hello, I wish I had some insight for you. That has to horribly stressful for you. I had panic attacks in the past and it was horrible figuring out what it was, I couldn't believe it wasn't something physical. What have the drs said so far? It sounds like you're doing all the right things as far as getting tests done, etc. I would say that getting help for the depression part is important, are you in therapy now? I think you need support in dealing with the stress of this and help sorting out what your going through. Hang in there, and I really hope things get better soon!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I think your next step should be a neuroligist he probally could help you more then and ENT.
deleted_user
deleted_user

same happens to me :(
the pressure at the base of my skull, the bad thoughts, etc..
i wish i knew what it was
deleted_user
deleted_user

I get pressure in the top of my head, forehead, and the base of my skull/top of neck area. I thought I had a brain tumor or something seriously wrong with me, because like you... my head feels really tight and like my brain is being squeezed.
It wasn't until I went to massage school that I learned about certain muscles in the head, face, neck and down into the tops of your shoulders that cause this. For me, it was muscle tension. For you it may be that as well. I would find a decent massage therapist and get a massage on those specific areas. Or even massage it yourself. You will seriously be amazed at how much tension gathers in your head, neck and face.
koolman
koolman

I can certainly relate! Sometimes I feel like I want to escape my body, yet my mind has nowhere to go! It's like my mind wants to explode!

The only thing that calms me down is physical exercise, which is a great outlet for that aggressive beast within me that has violent impulses, exhausts me, then 3 Valerian Root tablets at night to help me sleep. Valerian Root is a natural herb that acts as a muscle relaxer. It's a great substitute for medication. Consult your physician, of course, as it will interfere with any other meds you might be taking. It's in the vitamin counter of any drugstore.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi, I am so sorry for what you are going through. I have all the same symptoms....pressure in my head, disorientation, off-balance feeling...I also have tingling on my head sometimes and a feeling of numbness and burning jabs. It really is a vicious cycle because I get angry and anxious about the symptoms and that makes me feel worse. I went through this same thing in my early 20's, it passed and I have done very well all these years so I am feeling like it will pass again. For me, exercise works very well. I also have to keep a positive frame of mind and really get out of my head. I try to force myself to be around others (even though I don't feel like it) and I just really take extra good care of myself. I have been on the web searching for others with these symptoms and there are so many others out there I cannot tell you!! I am sad that so many people are going through this but I don't feel quite so alone and that helps.

One thing have I noticed with me is that a sinus infection seems to bring this on and then the swelling of my head just never goes away. Have you had a sinus infection at all? Just curious.

Anyways, take good care of you and I will send you lots of good energy!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Something else I am curious about........I feel like my head is hyper-sensitive to everything. For example, if I scratch one side of my head all the blood rushes to that spot and I can feel it throbbing and swollen there for several minutes. Do you happen to experience this? Again, just curious as I feel like the more we share the better we can understand this.
Thanks!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thank you all for your replies its so nice to know that I am not the only one. I will be going back to a doctor to try to figure this out. I also had my a really bad panic attack last night and had to take some clonazepam to help me sleep, so far I feel okay, still kind of "swollen" in my brain. PFyre I am not sure if i get that "blood rushing" sensation, i just tried to scratch my head right now and I didn't get it. I will try when I am having the head pressure.
deleted_user
deleted_user

hi,

I know this is personal but if you smoke marijuana to reduce anxiety here is something to think about...I recently saw a documentary on the use of marijuana (tv show nature of things) and they are discovering a few dna types that either recieve thc well or do not recieve it well. For those not having the dna that helps the brain recieve it in a "good" way they say may lead to schizophrenia. Some of the young people started to become catatonic, spacey, very forgetful, voices inappropriate thoughts etc....there is more to it for a better understanding try and find and watch this documentary if you can David Suzuki Nature of things was on Sunday April 11 evening. Thats one thought, another is also I am on this journey of feeling better menatlly and physically and discovered that certain foods were making me ill, I mean food that I thought was healthy and well all this time my body was rejecting it. I went to a natropath and discovered I had a low tolerance for dairy, eggs, gluten also included was asperagus, garlic and other things I thought were good for me! I discovered that when eating these things my body is not absorbing the minerals vitamins I need and was having great affect on me mentally feeling sad, tired, really low at times irritable. in my research I found lots of articles stating that some one who eats dairy and gluten has intolernace for dairy or gulten can suffer from depression amoung other things. No I am not allergic to these things I just have to eat these things in moderation,I am creature of habit and can eat the same things over and over but since cleaning up my diet I feel me again happy jolly lots of energy. I am no expert , I do not suffer from anxiety but reading some some of this I can relate to some of it. Overall I just ask lots of questions and dig and dig for answers..Thats my life learning so far hopefully it provides some insight take care of yourself and ask lots of questions to get where you need :O)
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had something very similar to this, pressure and pain emanating from my neck all over my head. I realized that it was muscle tension as well. Heat and massage worked for me (hot bath or heating pad on the neck while massaging). For me, exercise wasn't easy because it made my head worse, but in general, I would recommend exercise if it isn't painful. Even a brisk walk. My headaches stopped just about a week after I found out what it really was (sometimes the mystery drives the illness). Good luck to you!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I suffer the same thing. its so scary but i just remember that there is nothing to be afraid of. im in my home with the people i love so why am i being silly and just try to talk myself out of it. also try the Lindon Method. If you google it. Positive thinking.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I know this is an old thread but I am feeling depressed because of exactly the same symptoms. My brain feels swollen, like it's operating below it's normal capacity. I can stare at a person and even understand what they say but it feels "unreal" almost like I'm hearing the conversation from off-to-the-side. I have vision problems and a sunken feeling behind my eyes. I feel violent sometimes because the constant pressure never lets up. I fight it every day but I'm losing the battle and it feels like I'm losing my mind, memory and cognitive ability.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi. So i can relate somewhat, My father went to the hospital a few weeks back with really bad headaches. come to find out he had cancer in his brain. with like 20 tumors. He goes through those episodes everyday. hard time focusing, cant remember what hes talking about, says his head feels like its being squeezed. it sounds alot like his situation. those could also be signs of a stroke. you should really see a neurologist because it the problem could be anything.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Well, an ENT is an ear, nose and throat doctor. Not much good for symptoms you're having. I would get to a neurologist or a cervical spine doc real quick and get a PET scan of your head and CT of your cervical spine area. A PET scan will allow doctors to see how your brain is functioning on a metabolic level, far more accurate than a MRI This sounds a bit serious do not delay, even if it's not physically related, these could be signs of a mental condition, especially since you say you have very violent thoughts and urges. I'm not trying to scare you, I'm really not, but most mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia begin onset in the late teens to early-mid twenties, in a majority of cases. What were the results of all the recent testing? You didn't say. Get it checked out asap so you can get to feeling better soon. Please take care.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi Mentallyrewire! I have experience the same things that you have including the anxiety and depression except for stiff neck but my entire body is stiff. I thought it might be cluster head but the medication does not work. I would like to know if you have found out kind of disease or disorder this is....I am still suffering severe headaches and all of the violent thoughts/urges these "episoles" bring along.....Really want to know what this thing is and conquer it.... wish someone could help.