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Old 03-04-2011, 10:33 AM   #1
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Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Have any of you experienced a sensation of pressure or tightness in the front of your head, specifically around the sinuses and behind the eyes?

This has been haunting me for several months now and I'm pretty sure it's related to being on Klonopin for a few months as it started while I was taking it.

I have been off Klon since late January now but haven't seen any relief yet--for those of you who have experienced this when does it generally resolve?
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Old 03-04-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

quite common. I have it alot of the time.
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Old 03-04-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Anything you do to relieve the pressure? Has it gotten worse/better?
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Old 03-04-2011, 02:55 PM   #4
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

I have this too, it helps to relax into it and trying to work around the blockades, sometimes it's hard to find right spots to pull or push but just follow your intuition! don't fear the process (maybe it is individual, some can others can't) so just maybe don't try to take my advice for given. Focus on the normal spot, allow your emotions and sensations, adrenaline pass thus also releasing the blockades. I think it is a part of EFT, maybe I am wrong. But I think it has helped me.
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Old 03-04-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Pretty common. I have been dealing with it 24/7 for 2 years. I am not sure there is anything you can do. I read that it is related to the tightening of the muscles around the neck/head but I am not sure if that is it. I think it is closer to migraine type stuff. People say it will clear but it will take time.
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Old 03-04-2011, 06:32 PM   #6
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Is it also accompanied by severe tiredness for you as well?
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:39 AM   #7
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

my muscles get so strained almost everyday that they get pulled. I am very very weak and my muscles hurt extremely bad. I can feel heaviness in my head and movements of pressure most every day. physical exercise is not an option really right now for me. I pay dearly for any type of muscle straining.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:30 PM   #8
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Anyone have this resolve after some time?
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:32 PM   #9
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

gsWade I have had this a ton while in my Xanax withdrawal! It used to be very severe but now is to a moderate grade but has been pretty consistent through this. Just thought this might offer you some comfort. Exactly in the areas you describe. I feel that if these head symptoms and a couple of other things would let up, I would almost be completely healed from all this.

Hang in there! Use cold and heat, the only thing that helps me.

I've heard it will lessen with time and mine has slightly.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:38 PM   #10
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

I'm glad it has improved for you--how long were you on Xanax and when did you begin weaning?
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:40 PM   #11
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

I was on Xanax for over 3 probably closer to 4 years and I only took .5 mg at bedtime. I was in horrible tolerance withdrawal and never realized it until I started weaning. My signature shows when I started to wean and when I got off.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:40 PM   #12
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Wow, I'm sorry you have suffered from this for so long. Did you ever have it checked out by an ENT specialist or get acupuncture treatment?

Also, for you is it also accompanied by severe tiredness/exhaustion and difficulty keeping your eyes open?

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Old 03-05-2011, 07:08 PM   #13
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

I experienced severe tiredness/exhaustion and severe headaches after coming off Lamictal.

I know you were on a low dose for a short time but my guess is the combination of Lamictal and Benzo's is the cause. It couldn't hurt to go to an ENT doc though.

I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:25 PM   #14
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

Thanks, NorX. How long did it take for the fatigue to improve after lamictal? I stopped taking it about a week ago, it's hard to tell if this symptom got worse as a result of quitting or not.

However, my insomnia has improved (3mg timed-release melatonin helps a lot) so this is the major issue preventing me from getting back to life.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:41 PM   #15
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Re: Benzo withdrawal related head/face pressure?

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Thanks, NorX. How long did it take for the fatigue to improve after lamictal? I stopped taking it about a week ago, it's hard to tell if this symptom got worse as a result of quitting or not.

However, my insomnia has improved (3mg timed-release melatonin helps a lot) so this is the major issue preventing me from getting back to life.
Well, the fatigue took a long time to resolve. However, I was on Lamictal (200mg) for 8 years. I also have hypothyroidism and when I came off Lamictal, it became much worse and the medication I take for that had to be adjusted a few times.

The headaches (don't know if they are the same type) resolved rather quickly. Actually, I got them if I tapered too fast. I had to go from 25mg to 12.5 to 6.25 to avoid them. So if you stopped taking it at 25mg, I would think that might cause head pain that could last a while. But if you've been off for a month, I would just wait it out.

Could it also be a combination of withdrawal and allergies/dehydration/change in climate?

Hang in there. I know that fatigue is a killer. You want to go out and do things, or just move around in your own house but feel like you can't. It sucks!
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