Q. I feel a tight band like pressure on my head while wearing specs. Why?

Answered by
Dr. Ramchandra Lamba
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on May 10, 2019

Hello doctor,

I feel a tight band like pressure around my head while wearing specs. I try not to flinch my head muscles while feeling the head pressure fearing it will escalate the pressure feeling. I started wearing specs from the age of 16, and now I am 19. I do not want to wear contact lenses and cannot go for LASIK because of keratoconus in my right eye. When can I get rid of this feeling or get a proper way of coping with it?



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You probably have a tension-type headache. This can be managed with medicine and relaxation exercises and by reducing the stress as well. Even with specs, you can manage these headache symptoms. For more clarity on your symptoms and further evaluation, you can visit nearby psychiatrist or neurologist. So as of now, limit your time in watching tv or mobile. Do regular relaxation exercises, manage your stress effectively and have adequate sleep.

Painkiller drugs like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be used whenever required. A drug like Fluoxetine or SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) can be used to manage symptoms associated with stress. I hope this clarifies your concern.

Thank you doctor,

Can you list and explain some effective relaxation exercises for managing tension-type headaches?



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Do stretching exercises of head and neck muscles, also go for Jacobson's progressive muscles relaxation exercises. Learn how to practice it effectively or visit a nearby psychiatrist for the same. Also, as you have eye problem, you can do eye exercise as well like every 20 minutes of near work you can focus your eye at least 20 feet away object for 20 seconds that will give you some relief from eye strain. And if symptoms persist then medications from Tricyclic antidepressant can be beneficial.

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