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What is a Tension Headache?

By April 5, 2016 May 16th, 2016 No Comments

Although not all headaches are the same, they all share at least one thing in common – they cause pain! Many people suffer from tension headaches, but they don’t know what type they have. Understanding the different types of headaches, and helping you to identify the kind of headache(s) you suffer from, is one of the first steps in evaluating your treatment options.  

Those with tension headaches commonly report these symptoms:

Episodic Tension Headaches (occur less than 15 days per month)

• Pain is mild to moderate, constant band-like pain or pressure

• Pain affects the front, top or sides of the head.

• Pain usually begins gradually, and often occurs in the middle of the day

• Pain may last from 30 minutes to several days

Chronic Tension Headaches (occur more than 15 days per month)

• Pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, but the pain is almost always present

• Pain comes and goes over a prolonged period of time

Associated Symptoms of Tension Headaches include:

• Headache upon awakening

• Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep

• Chronic fatigue

• Irritability

• Disturbed concentration

• Mild sensitivity to light or noise

• General muscle aching