Q. I feel my head is heavy and my brain lacks oxygen. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Hitesh Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 04, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 23, 2019

Hi doctor,

I always feel that my head is heavy, most of the times in a day it feels uncomfortable as if my brain lacks oxygen. I did a master health checkup recently, and all reports were normal. I am on BP medication only. I feel fine some days, but when I start feeling the heaviness, things becomes crazy, I lack energy and do not get a sound sleep at night. I cannot concentrate on work when my head feels uncomfortable. I feel a throbbing kind of a headache. I have been to multiple doctors, they say it is anxiety and gave me tablet Nebistar 2.5 mg, but the pain is still there. Please help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I would like to know some details about your problem.

  1. Since when you started to have these headaches? Do you have vomiting, diarrhea, redness in the eye, watering from the eye, nasal congestion, or fever?
  2. Which part of your head do you feel these headaches? Behind the eyes or somewhere else also?
  3. What kind of a headache, are these heaviness or throbbing or bursting or stretching or any other type?
  4. How long does one episode of a headache last?
  5. How frequent are these headache episodes? How many times in a week?
  6. How is your day to day mood? How is your sleep?
  7. Have you noticed any trigger factors for these headaches? Have you undergone any CT scan or MRI of the Brain?

Revert with more information to a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response. The heaviness and throbbing pain started almost been three years back. I have never had vomiting or any other symptoms. The center point on top of my head, and sometimes back of the head is where I have these headaches. It feels as if there is a tight band around the head. Headaches go away after taking some rest, but the heaviness remains. The problem stays for a week or month and suddenly disappears as if there was never a problem. My recent eye test was normal, and my mood is unenergetic. I do not have a quality sleep since a year now, I have to struggle to have a good night sleep. I have not done CT or MRI yet. What is the use of tablet Tryptomer? How can I take it?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • I suggest you get an MRI of the brain done, to rule out any intracranial lesion.
  • I would also suggest you go for an eye checkup, to look for evidence of papilledema.
  • Mostly, you have a tension headache. If your MRI and ophthalmology examinations are normal, then I suggest you try taking the following.  
  1. Tablet Tryptomer (Amitriptyline) 10 mg, daily at bedtime.
  2. Tablet Naxdom (combination of Naproxen and Domperidone) 500 mg, in the case of a severe headache.
  • Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines after their consent.

For further queries consult a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist

Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying. Recently I got a complete eye check done, and everything was normal. I will get the brain MRI done. When to take tablet Tryptomer? Does it have any side effects?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Tablet Tryptomer is to be taken at bedtime daily after consulting your doctor.
  • There are some side effects of all medicines. Tablet Tryptomer can cause some sedation or sleepiness for initial 4 to 5 days. It can also cause some urinary symptoms but in old age.
  • But it is a very commonly used medicine, and there is nothing to be worried about.
  • Try taking this medication for two weeks after consulting your doctor, and get back to me with the reports. At that time we will decide if the dosage needs to be altered.

Revert after two weeks to a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist

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