- Tension Headache Facts
- Tension Headache Treatment
- How to Stop a Tension Headache
Tension headaches mainly hurt in the forehead, temples, or the back of head and/or neck.
Symptoms of tension 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
Other symptoms that may accompany a chronic tension headache include:
What Are Tension Headaches?
There are two main types of tension headache:
What Causes Tension Headaches?
Tension headaches may be caused by:
How Are Tension Headaches Diagnosed?
Tension headaches are diagnosed with the patient's history and a physical exam. Tests used to diagnose the type or cause of the headache include:
What Is the Treatment for Headaches?
Treatment for tension headaches includes:
- Pain relievers
- Antidepressants such as amitriptyline (for chronic tension headaches)
- Non-medical treatments and home remedies
How Do You Prevent Tension Headaches?
Some tension headaches may be prevented by avoiding headache triggers, such as:
- Skipping meals
- Too much or too little caffeine
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Drinking alcohol
- Certain drinks or foods
Relaxation techniques and stress management may also help prevent some tension headaches.
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