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Petunia

This really is quite a common symptom/sensation among people suffering from withdrawal and drug effects, it will resolve along with your other symptoms.

 

See: 

headaches and head pressure - Surviving Antidepressants  *topics merged

 

Head noise and other symptoms in the head - Surviving ...

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Castor

One of my scariest symptoms is the feeling that my brain, or the tissue surrounding it, is being stretched and torn. It is not like at all like a headache or migraine. The area on top of my head is extremely tender to the touch.

 

I did not experience this while in benzo withdrawal, but I am getting it with Seroquel.

 

Is this something others have experienced? 

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Petunia

Hi Castor,

Psyche drugs, and withdrawal from them can cause all kinds of weird symptoms and sensations all over the body, including the head.

 

While I was taking Lexapro and for about 6 months after I was off it, I would often be woken in the night with the most excruciating pain on the left side of my head. It usually lasted less than 30 seconds, but it was very frightening. I always fell right back to sleep once the pain stopped.

 

I've been off lexapro almost 5 years now and I haven't experienced this pain since, not one time.

 

Hopefully others will be able to relate to your particular sensation, I do remember once reading of someone expressing something similar.

 

We have a few topics related to unusual sensations in the head, here are some links:

 

headaches and head pressure - Surviving Antidepressants

 

Head noise and other symptoms in the head

 

Brain Zaps - Surviving Antidepressants

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Castor

Thank you, Petunia.

 

I am very glad to hear your Lexapro-induced head pain has not returned. 

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Serenity23

I've never had migraines before. In January 2015, when I had those neurological stroke like symptoms after my pre-SA generic Zoloft taper that caused me to be in the neurological wing for 6 days, they did ask me if I had ever had migraines.

 

I've been experiencing migraines lately. The last one latest 4 days.

 

I'm just curious if anyone else on long term SSRIs started to experience migraines? I did read something on a reputable website that there is a theory about serotonin and migraines.

 

I'm still scared of the fact that people on LT SSRIs can get a stroke.

 

I'm hoping these migraines aren't due to the encephalopathy from July.

 

Then again, I am sort of going through "hormonal changes" and I read that could be a cause, too, but neither my mother or sisters had this.

 

I'm going to the eye doctor just in case to check out my glasses, since I wear progressives and she always said if I ever feel dizzy to get my glasses checked.

 

My symptoms: nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, one-sided headache.

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andy013

I had them before I took an SSRI, but once I was in withdrawal I got them much more frequently for the first 2-3 years.

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stone

I haven't had actual migraines (with the visual stuff etc) but have had very painful headaches from SSRI's.

 

It happened a long time ago when I increased from 20mg to 30mg of Citalopram and happened again recently when I switched from Citalopram to Fluoxetine.

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resiliency

Hello everybody,

 

This is a rather specific condition I've been suffering with since I stopped taking Prozac 20mg about 16 months ago.

 

It is a strange sense in the front of my head, just beneath the surface of my forehead. It feels like there is a significant buildup of pressure located there, like something is pushing against the inside of my skull.

It's different than a headache in that is isn't really "painful" per-se, since the brain cannot actually feel pain to begin with, but the tension in my head is immense! It feels kind of "heavy," it's so hard to describe so I'm wondering if anyone else can chime in. Honestly this is the most significant feeling besides the spaced-out dissociation I feel, and by far the most irritating physical symptom. When I try to ignore it sometimes I forget but it takes serious effort to do that.

 

This symptom, like every other, seems to come in waves and windows, and in certain situations I don't feel it at all, it seems like when I'm trying to concentrate and do a single task the feeling is most noticeable. This is very distracting as a University student, and makes it hard to get anything done without suffering this odd internal head pressure. 

 

Anyway I was wondering whether anyone else has this symptom, the severity with which they feel it, and whether it abated over time. 

 

Thanks everyone!

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Persephone

Hello everybody,

 

This is a rather specific condition I've been suffering with since I stopped taking Prozac 20mg about 16 months ago.

 

It is a strange sense in the front of my head, just beneath the surface of my forehead. It feels like there is a significant buildup of pressure located there, like something is pushing against the inside of my skull.

It's different than a headache in that is isn't really "painful" per-se, since the brain cannot actually feel pain to begin with, but the tension in my head is immense! It feels kind of "heavy," it's so hard to describe so I'm wondering if anyone else can chime in. Honestly this is the most significant feeling besides the spaced-out dissociation I feel, and by far the most irritating physical symptom. When I try to ignore it sometimes I forget but it takes serious effort to do that.

 

This symptom, like every other, seems to come in waves and windows, and in certain situations I don't feel it at all, it seems like when I'm trying to concentrate and do a single task the feeling is most noticeable. This is very distracting as a University student, and makes it hard to get anything done without suffering this odd internal head pressure. 

 

Anyway I was wondering whether anyone else has this symptom, the severity with which they feel it, and whether it abated over time. 

 

Thanks everyone!

 

Hi resiliency, I love your username!

 

I get a similar feeling but in back of my head. Mostly it is not painful, but sometimes it can be.

 

I have started wearing an icepack around my head.  You can find cold packs at the pharmacy that are specifically for headaches. They wrap around the head and attach with velcro. Not pretty, but it gets the job done. 

 

At first, I found the icepack painful, but it helps in the longterm. I have learned to pull my hair around to cover my forehead under the icepack - it is too cold on bare skin for me.

 

Some people find that heat works better for them. I hope that you find something that helps you.

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Weasel

Anyone ever try a benzo short term to help the headaches?

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Terry4949

since I have been in w/d I have been having bad head aches in the base of my scull and severe neck pain that goes into my shoulders , the lower I have got with my med the worse the pain has got ,it now is so bad it makes me feel sick , has anyone else experienced this , or has anyone found any way to relieve this , apart from pain killers which don't seem to have much effect ,

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johnson

Hi,

 

I've been struggling with the same for the past few years. What I've found helps out is;

Don't get me wrong, I struggle daily with this and every day is a battle. But try what I've suggested below hopefully it helps out.

 

- taking hot showers

- Using a heating pad around your neck/shoulders area.

- Getting lots of rest(which includes a good nights sleep)

- tiger balm

- magnesium citrate

- avoiding stress as much as possible

- drink enough water

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LexAnger

Pain of various types has been my main complain ever since I started tapering. Deep bone pain on head, face, needling/knifing all over head/ face/neck/shoulder/back is the most unbearable, ear pain, jaw pain is very brutal.

 

I read lots ppl have pain related symptoms but more for those on lexapro.

 

What helps the most to me is swimming especially for the needling pain, but honestly when it's bad, nothing really helps like all other symptoms.

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Cheryl

Sounds familiar. Although I have struggled with chronic headaches, migraines and neck pain since I was a teenager, I did experience an unique headache during WD. Stabbing pain, anxiety, it was as if I had a hangover from drinking copious amounts of cheap booze. I agree with Barb regarding Topomax. It is jokingly called "Dopomax" because it is notorious for causing cognitive impairment.

 

As Barb mentioned it is an anticonvulsant, like Depakote which comes with a slew of side effects. IMO Topomax is just another pmed and is reported to be difficult to withdraw from. Another preventative medicine that is used is Neurontin, also an anticonvulsant and also jokingly called "Morontin" due to its tendency to cause cognitive impairment.

 

Personally, I refuse to take these meds since they do effect the brain and are just as difficult to WD from as ADs. I see a neurologist to manage my headaches and neck pain. Every six weeks I get injections in my neck and head. The injections rotate between Botox and Lidocaine with a Cortisteriod. Additionally I take 10 mg of Inderal daily. Inderal is a beta blocker, it helps with anxiety as it blocks the "fight and flight" mechanism. It is essentially a drug for high blood pressure and at low doses I have no side effects.

 

I also use a TENS machine. This is a machine that sends electrical pulses to the nerves to kill the pain. I find it to be very effective for me. To obtain a TENS machine you need a prescription from a doctor and you need to take it to a medical supply store. My insurance covered it in full after I met the copay. Obviously, I am very lucky to have good medical insurance which covers everything including the Botox. I realize many people are not as lucky as me when it comes to medical insurance.

 

Also, as recommended by my neurologist I take Magnesium Oxide (400 mg twice a day) along with B2 (200 mg twice a day). It can take up to a month of regular supplement intake before the effects present themselves.

 

Finally, I find that chiropractors, accupuncture, massage therapists, physical therapy, yoga and meditation to be extremely effective in preventing or getting rid of a headache as all these methods help to relax my muscles and reduce my anxiety. When things are really bad I take a triptan, which is actually a SSRI. But used minimally causes no problems for me. So as you can see I am able to manage my headaches with the barest amount of medication while avoiding the pmeds Topomax, Depakote and Neurontin.

I am having issues with headaches and have had them long before withdrawal. I was diagnosed with migraine disease and was approved for Botox about a year and a half ago. My migraines are mainly in correlation with barometric pressure and would last up to 3 days. Migraines are much improved although I take Maxalt as needed.

 

I also have problems with bruxism and finally got a bite guard made by my dentist. I am not certain my bite guard is helping. It is a bottom appliance and is hard acrylic. I still have many mornings I wake up with headache from bruxism. I sometimes take my Maxalt, which helps, but insurance only approves for 12 pills per month.

 

My most recent issue is a rise in blood pressure, which is causing a different kind of headache. This is not a daily occurrence either.  I quoted Whatever because if was the first post I had seen with regards to increase in BP.

I am not a good candidate for taking BP medication regularly because my normal BP is lower than average. I have seen studies recently suggesting Inderal (Propranolol) in low doses on an as needed basis for anxiety/PTSD.

 

I feel like a complete mess here. I have various related issues going on. One, my bite guard may be the wrong kind for me, and two, this recent rise in blood pressure. I am not sure which doctor to talk to about the blood pressure as I am certain it is related to withdrawal. I truly believe it's related to a rise in cortisol and increased anxiety. I could not find anything in the "cortisol thread."

 

Anybody??

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leahy

The CVS mouth guard works better than any other mouth guard I've tried. About $20.

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Cheryl

Thank you leahy!!

I don't really trust my dentist anymore and was going to call my sister on this (she's a dental hygenist)

I appreciate your quick response too.

I'm just feeling depressed a bit because these headaches prevent me from leaving the house sometimes. Hope is hope!!

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leahy

I know. Headaches are a problem for me too. The mouth guards helped a lot. I bought the name brand once and they choked me. CVS is much better.

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Terry4949

I have had a constant headache for months in the back of my head and shoulders , also my brain feels like it has tightened it actually hurts inside my head if I gently shake my head it feels like my brain is bruised , I can only take paracetamol due to me being on mirtazapine and the drug interactions with most other pain killers , is this withdrawel or could it be something else , has anyone else experienced headaches that have last for so long if so what have you done to alleviate it , desperately looking for help . Doctor just says take paracetamol and they are not much help

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RubyJ

I'm curious if anyone else has had headaches like I've been experiencing.  I'm not 100% sure they're WD related.  It's almost like an eyebrow ache.  The muscles (or something) right underneath and below my eyebrows first become sensitive to touch, then painful or sore to touch, and eventually starts radiating a headache-like pain.  They sneak up on me, they often start earlier in the day but aren't noticeable until evening.  Part of the problem is that I've always suffered from mild headaches (although not like this) and I'm used to relegating it to the background, so it has to really be bad for me to notice.  Sometimes massaging my eyebrows (lol it's such a funny idea) or applying pressure gives some brief relief.  They're so specific and different -- and I *think* I didn't start experiencing them until either my failed cold turkey attempt or the beginning of the taper.  I'm aware that you have sinuses under that area, but I'm unsure why I'd be getting a sinus headache.  I have allergies but have been tested and do not have chronic sinusitis.  I'm more inclined to think they're some kind of weirdly specific tension headache. 

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grandmaD

I have been beside myself with a 10 day headache!  This has never happened before.  It is week 2 of a drop.  I checked my tablets weight and that was ok.  I thought I had it bad when I used to get them for 5 days straight and on occasions 6 days and once in a while 7 days but never this long! I presume it is w/d having done a drop 2 weeks ago.

 

Of course I went into overdrive wondering what it could be.  In week 6 of the previous drop I had a 4 day headache and I put it down to eating our fresh strawberries, so stopped that.  This time I had been eating a lot of tomatoes so have stopped that.  I began to wonder if it was a dozen other things… and realized how much fear and panic enters in at these times.  I was ready to updose again I was so desperate.

 

I coped okay at first, when it started out as the usual “head banging sensation,” I have had all along, except it just got worse again in intensity and frequency.  Instead of maybe 2-4 times a day, it was constant banging all day.

 

Then the head banging stopped and turned into a right sided headache.  My average weekly headache is 2, so I’m used to that and I went to bed and rested (I’m such a good girl, did the right thing, surely I will be rewarded!!)  However it got worse, turning into a migraine! 

 

A 3 day migraine for me each drop was not uncommon either, but these had eased up and almost went away, the last being just one day in January.   Then the migraine turned into a tension headache with severe painful throbbing.

 

Then it settled down into a sort of “permanent right sided headache” that was mild to moderate depending on what exertion (like just watering made it worse – standing there holding a hose for 30mins.

 

I read the thread on headaches and was interested to see some people put it down to grinding teeth, clenched jaw, etc.  I had stopped wearing my thing for this, and as I was still grinding A LOT, I have got it back out and wearing it again.  It doesn't fit properly so I push it in and out of my mouth and up off the teeth now instead of grinding, which is rather irritating and yet I can't stop myself!

 

This thread also said a lot about  histamine being problem.  It seems to make sense, since the Paxil affects the histamine receptors.  Is there really anything in this?  The diet seems too extreme, however for me as it eliminates everything I eat!  I have decided, however to continue to avoid strawberries, tomatoes and gluten for the time being.  I have to read up more and see what things you CAN EAT.

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Barbarannamated

Headaches have been FIERCE for me and a few friends n the last month or so.  I THINK the weather changes (in PA, USA) plus the time change a few weeks ago have hit me extra hard this year.  

 

Just a thought..

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Daisy

I have been getting headaches, one was after getting out of a pool after mild aquatic exercise, another during  gentle Yoga and now last night when I first got up  after falling asleep on the couch and again this morning when I got out of bed. They last maybe 10-15 minutes. I do get ocular migraines which cause no pain, just twinkling lights out of left eye accompanied by visual disturbance. They last about 10-15 minutes.

 

Am I now getting migraines? There are no twinkling lights, but there is sensitivity to light. 

Could these be triggered by withdrawal? I am still stabilizing.

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Cjlo

Is tension headaches normal ?

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Bertie

I’m in a pattern of one-sided headaches. If I have it on the right side, I  can predict that the next one I have will be on the l left side, and vice-versa. They feel for the most part like sinus headaches - centered around the eye and radiating to the temple, crown and along the nose; even the top teeth on that side will feel pained. There was one day this week that I didn’t have a headache at all, so I’m trying to figure out how that happened. I’m trying a second cup of coffee in the afternoon, not too late. It seems to help. And aspirin or ibuprofen if the coffee doesn’t. 

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gast
On 2/17/2012 at 8:31 PM, nineyears said:

Hi Angie007

 

The headaches start shortly after I wake in the morning - the most intense pain is around the temples and across my eyes. Bright light seems to make them worse so my doc prescribed 25mg of topamax to see if it provides any relief...today was the first day so nothing to report yet.

 

When the headaches are present (which is pretty much every waking hour right now) they're acoompanied by anxiety and confusion/lack of concentration.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Nineyears

i have the same for about 2 months now,,,

waking up and then having headaches + anxiety /concentrationproblems...

do you take something for the pain??

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Grayskies

Recently I have been getting auras without a headache, about 3 times in the last month, couples with feeling disoriented. 

I had migraines before being on AD but cannot recall an aura. My physician encouraged me to go back up on my Effexor as a treatment for the migraines without headaches. 

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