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How can i tell if i have tension headaches or another type?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Headaches: Tension headaches involve the muscles of the scalp, and can wrap around the entire scalp and even into the neck. Migraines are one-sided, and usually start in the temple area and go back onone side. Cluster headaches are typically behind a single eye. There are many other things that can cause headaches - rebound, dental problems (tmj), etc. A good family dr or neurologist can help you decide.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Good question: Many headaches are mixed. Migraines often start as an ache in the neck or some will see squiggly lines or be affected by light or sound. And most all migraines cause some light or sound sensitivity and some nausea most of the time. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may often help a tension headache but not a migraine

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