What is Tension headache ?

A tension headache is the most common type of primary headache. The pain can radiate from the lower back of the head, the neck, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body.The pain can remain for weeks without interruptions. Tension-type headaches account for nearly 90% of all headaches. Approximately 3% of the population has chronic tension-type headaches.

Causes:

  • Stress: usually occurs in the afternoon after long stressful work hours or after an exam
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Uncomfortable stressful position and/or bad posture
  • Irregular meal time (hunger)
  • Eyestrain

Symptoms:

While symptoms may differ, the following are common symptoms of a tension type headache:

  • Slow onset of the headache
  • Head usually hurts on both sides
  • Pain is dull or feels like a band or vice around the head
  • Tightness,dullness or pressure on the head
  • Pain may involve the back (posterior) part of the head or neck
  • Pain is mild to moderate, but not severe

 

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