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Stressed, pressure sensation in neck. What could have happened?

Good morning..... My name is Natassia and I m a full time employee and student.....I have been under tremendous stress for the last year or so with school work and family ......I have a concern ...Last night I felt thi snumbing pressure on the left side of my neck all the way up to the top of my head......When I held my neck it felt like all the vains were popping out .......Could you advise if this is something I shoul dbe concerned about and what it coul dbe
Asked On : Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello lawrence.natassia
Welcome to HCM
stress in any form increases the chances of bodily complaints and many other somatic symptoms. The pressure on left side of neck way up to head may be due to a lot of conditions-
- Anxiety, in heightened anxiety states chocking sensation in neck occurs and may present with weakness, palpitations, headache, tremors etc. Panic syndrome may also present with such symptoms.
- Somatic pain syndrome, non specific pain occurs due to chronic stress
- Part of migraine or also may be due to muscle fatigue.

So best can be done in such situation if such type of situation recurs then visit some good psychiatrist and take opinion, It can be easily treated.
Take Care
Answered: Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
Thanks for choosing health care magic for posting your query.
Its common to have various kinds of somatic complains when you are in distress. Especially the kind of sensation that you have described.
You need to reduce your stress. Try taking out time for exercise and in hobbies that you like doing.
Also participation in yoga and meditation will go a long way in helping you with dealing your stress.
In case if you develop and depressive symptoms cause of this persisting stress, make sure you visit an expert for the same,
Hope I am able to solve your concerns
Wish you good health.
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Stress and anxiety can be associated with physical symptoms. Remember, anxiety can not only manifest with psychological symptoms, but with physical symptoms as well. Since you have mentioned that you are going through tremendous amounts to stress, it is quite likely that these symptoms are stress / anxiety-related.

I would advise you to try relaxation exercises like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga, meditation, etc. You should also keep sharing your feelings with someone you can trust so that you will feel less emotionally burdened. In case, your symptoms keep persisting or worsening, then please see a doctor for further evaluation.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
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