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Tension Headache

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  • Tension headache is the most common type of headache.  It is often related to stress and noise.  Treatment is with over-the-counter medicines and relaxation techniques.

  • People usually have headaches that are described as being vice-like or as if a band is tightening around their head.
  • The headaches can be all over the head, limited to the back of the head, or in the neck area.
  • There may also be other symptoms such as poor concentration, feeling tired or fatigued, and irritability.
  • The headaches may occur every day.
  • Some people notice that their headaches go away when they are asleep or when they are in a soothing environment.
  • Usually, there are no specific problems detected when the physical exam is done.

  • The exact cause of tension headaches is not known.
  • We do know that certain things, such as stress, fatigue, glare, and noise make the headaches worse.

  • The diagnosis is usually suggested by the symptoms.
  • The doctor's exam is usually normal.
  • If needed, a CT scan or an MRI scan can be done. However, this is usually not necessary.

  • Treatment is with over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  These can be taken as directed and most people respond to this treatment.
  • Occasionally, medicines used to treat migraines may be needed.
  • Another very important part of the treatment process is to use relaxation techniques, such as massage, biofeedback, warm baths, or meditation.
  • Some people may have an underlying stress, Anxiety disorder, or Depression that may respond to psychotherapy.





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