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A 33-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 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 28 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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A 30-year-old member asked:

Tension headache?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Neck tight? Stress?: Most people have a headache at some time, such as from colds and flus, lack of sleep, too much driving, long hours on the computer, stress at work, etc... Some people temporarily try OTC Tylenol, Motrin/Advil, Aleve, and their generic brands. A bad or increasing headache, recurrent headache, weird headache, or one with other worrisome symptoms must be seen by a doctor.
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A 54-year-old member asked:

Do doctors see a lot of patients with tension headache problems?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes: It's a common problem that all primary care physicians see on a daily basis.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for tension headache?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
There are treatments: There are a variety of treatments that range from over the counter medications like tylenol, (acetaminophen) to more involved treatment with medications similar to those used to prevent migraine and even anti-depressants have been used to treat chronic severe headaches. Treatment can take a great deal of patience, and often benefit from involvement of a neurologist with an interest in headache treatment.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Do you have to have tension for a while before you have a tension headache? Is it possible to wake up with a "tension" headache?

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Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
No: You do not have to have tension tension headache is common but difficult to find good criteria, usually have some muscle tightness in neck, scalp and some psychological factor , mild and bilateral, no nausea, or sensitivity to light.
Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
it is possible to wake up with a tension headache if you are a 'clencher'. Do you grind your teeth at night? A mouth guard, self hypnosis or biofeedback might help.
Mar 17, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

I got some tension headache since a week ago. Isn't that a long time?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Depends on you: If your pain is truly a tension headache, diagnosed by a medical professional, then your tension headache can last as long as you are tense. If you are that tense you would probably benefit from lifestyle adjustment, physical therapy and emotional counseling.

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