Tension headache

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Shohei Harase

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Shohei Harase


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Content updated on Apr 25, 2022

What is tension headache?

A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

Related symptoms

  • Headache improved with warmth

  • Pain over the temples

  • Dizziness

  • Headache worsens with emotional stress

  • Headache worsens after long hours of desk work

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Headache with a squeezing, heavy, or tight pain

  • Headache

Treatment information

Treatment is with lifestyle changes and medications. Getting more sleep, improving your posture, and reducing workload may help with relieving symptoms. Medications such as painkillers and muscle relaxants can help too. Nevertheless, patients should be aware than overusing these medicines can cause a different type of headache (medication overuse headache).

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