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Tension Headache (cont.)

Next Steps

Follow-up

People with the diagnosis of tension-type headache should take medications as directed andarrange a return visit to the doctor in 1-2 weeks. At that time, the doctor can make medication adjustments or provide further diagnostic work if the diagnosis remains uncertain.

  • Medical attention should be sought immediately ifnew symptoms or a profound change in symptoms are experienced.

  • If a person hasdepression oranxiety disorders, or if he or she simply overuses medications, detoxification is necessarybefore effective treatment can begin. Some people with very complex situations may benefit from combinations of medications. In these cases, the doctor may make referrals to neurologists, psychiatrists, or anesthesiologists.

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