Tension Headache

Almost everyone experiences headache pain at some point in life.

Tension Headache

Almost everyone experiences headache pain at some point in life. Headache can put a damper on our day, and we relieve it by an over-the-counter drugs or some coffee without thinking of causes or visiting a doctor. There are many types of headaches, and “Tension Headache” is the most common type of all headaches.

What is Tension Headache?

A tension headache is a diffuse pain in your head that's often described as feeling like a tight band around your head. It can cause pain and discomfort behind your eyes and in the head, scalp, or neck, and is often associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension Headache may occur at any age, but are most common in adults and older teens.

What are types of Tension Headache?

In most cases, Tension Headache is mild to moderate in severity and occur infrequently, but a few people get severe tension headaches. So Healthcare providers break down tension headaches into two main types:

  • Episodic tension headaches happen fewer than 15 days per month.
  • Chronic tension headaches happen more than 15 days a month.

What causes Tension Headache?

You may be more likely to have tension headaches if you have:

  • Depression, Anxiety, Stress related to family, work or life challenges.
  • Eye strain: such as from staring at a computer screen for a long time.
  • Sleeping Problems: such as insomnia.
  • Pain in other parts of your head, neck, Jaw or dental problems.
  • Fatigue, Low iron levels, Hunger, Dehydration.
  • Alcohol, Caffeine, Smoking.

 

 

How are Tension Headaches treated?

  • OTC drugs like Paracetamol and Iboprofen
  • Massage therapy or Stress management classes.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Staying hydrated.
  • Getting regular, restful sleep.

When should I call the doctor?

Most headaches aren’t dangerous. Rarely, headache pain can be a sign of a serious medical problem. You should seek immediate medical care if you have:

  • Stiff neck.
  • Sudden, severe headache that gets worse quickly.
  • Fever that doesn’t go away.
  • Headache after concussion (head injury).
  • Confused thoughts or slurred speech or weakness.
  • New onset headache over the age of 50.
  • Sudden change in your headache pattern.
  • New onset headache in someone with cancer or autoimmune disease.

 

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