There are two main types of pressure headaches:
Treatment to get rid of a pressure headache may include:
- Non-medical treatments
- Pain relievers
- Antidepressants such as amitriptyline (for chronic pressure headaches)
What Are Symptoms of Pressure Headaches?
Pressure headaches (tension headaches) usually cause mild to moderate pain and pressure in the forehead, temples, or the back of head and/or neck.
Symptoms of pressure headaches include head pain that:
- Is dull, aching, and not throbbing
- Affects both sides of the head
- Feels like a “vice-like” tightening band-like sensation around the neck and/or head
- Is not usually severe
Other symptoms that may accompany a chronic pressure headache include:
What Causes Pressure Headaches?
Pressure headaches (tension headaches) may be caused by:
How Are Pressure Headaches Diagnosed?
The cause of pressure headaches (tension headaches) is diagnosed with a patient history, a physical exam, and tests such as:
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