Tension headache

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can cause a feeling of painful pressure on the head and neck. Tension headaches occur when the muscles in your head and neck tighten, often because of stress or anxiety ...1

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Symptoms of Tension headache

The pain is usually mild to moderate and feels as if constant pressure is being applied to the front of the face or to the head or neck. It also may feel as if a belt is being tightened around ...2

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Causes of Tension headache

Tension headaches occur when the muscles in your head and neck tighten, often because of stress or anxiety. Intense work, missed meals, jaw clenching, or too little sleep can bring on tension headaches. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)3 ...

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Causes List for Tension headache

Some possible causes of Tension headache or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Tension headache

There are two forms of tension-type headache: episodic tension-type headache and chronic tension-type headache. Episodic tension-type headaches occur between 10 and 15 days per month, with each attack lasting from 30 minutes to several days. Although ...5

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Diagnosis of Tension headache

When to seek medical help: There's usually no need to see your GP if you only get occasional headaches. However, see your GP if you get headaches several times a week or your headaches are severe. Your GP will ask ...6

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Risk Factors for Tension headache

Be careful not to overuse headache medications. Overuse can cause “rebound” headaches, making headaches more frequent and painful. People with repeating headaches, such as migraines or tension headaches, are especially at risk. Experts advise not taking certain pain-relief medicines ...7

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Treatments: Tension headache

Over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen can help reduce the pain. “Lifestyle changes to relax and reduce stress might help, such as yoga, stretching, massage, and other tension relievers,” says Dr. Linda Porter, an NIH expert ...8

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Prevention of Tension headache

Preventing tension headaches If you experience frequent tension-type headaches, you may wish to keep a diary to try to identify what could be triggering them. It may then be possible to alter your diet or lifestyle to prevent them ...9

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References

  1. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ feature2
  2. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ headache/ detail_headache.htm
  3. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ feature2
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NINDS (NIH): ninds.nih.gov/ disorders/ headache/ detail_headache.htm
  6. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ tension-headaches/ 
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ mar2014/ feature2
  8. ibid.
  9. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ tension-headaches/ 

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