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Intense pressure in head, triggers on lying flat or bending the head. Is it due to high BP?

In the past year or so I ve started getting a lot of pressure in my head like its going to explode. You know that feeling you get when you ve been upside down too long. It happens when I lie flat on the floor or bend my head down. I have to sleep either almost sitting or on my stomach with lots of pillows so my head is raised. And if my head is low too long or itsnot raised I get migraines. What is wrong? Would it be the result of high blood pressure?
Asked On : Wed, 24 Oct 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Your symptoms need to be evaluated. It is possible that you have migraines, which get aggravated in specific postures.

High blood pressure can also cause headaches in about 10% of people. So, lowering the blood pressure to normal levels would reduce the headaches.

Certain BP medications such as amlodipine can also cause headaches.

If no cause can be identified, then, a brain scan should be done.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Sun, 1 Dec 2013
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