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Symptoms of Chronic Intracranial Pressure

  • severe throbbing headaches which are often constant, worse in the morning, aggravated by straining or coughing and associated with nausea and vomiting – they are sometimes relieved by standing
  • changes in vision due to swollen optic nerves (known as papilloedema) – you may have blurred vision and find it difficult to watch TV or read; this can result in permanent visual impairment and may require urgent treatment after assessment by an ophthalmologist

You may also feel drowsy, confused and irritable, and have nausea and vomiting. Occasionally, you may hear a "whooshing" sound in your ears.