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A 66-year-old female asked:

how long can you have a tension headache?

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Dr. LINDILE SOGA
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No time limit: I know no time limit for tension headache. As long as the underlying source of tension lasts , I would say

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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A member asked:

I have headache in my head what I have to do?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Cause of headache: The best way to tackle a headache is to figure out what's causing it in the first place - is it a migraine, from not eating breakfast this am, from skipping a dose of a medicine, from not getting enough sleep? There can be many reasons. For the run of the mill dull headache, i usually like to try some Ibuprofen and/or tylenol (acetaminophen) first and see how it feels after an hour or so.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long do tension headaches tend to last?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
A few hrs at most: Tension headaches typically can last about 30-60 minutes and sometimes a little longer. If your headache lasts 4-6 hrs or longer, it could well be a migraine event.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long can tension headaches last?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Usually brief: Classic tension or "muscle-contraction" headache is often a brief event running for 15-30 minutes, up to an hour or two. Usually will start later in day, and occupy predominantly back of head but can be diffuse. Typical migraines are usually longer than 4-6 hrs, and have different characteristics.
Lake Worth, FL
A 27-year-old female asked:

I was diagnosis with tension headaches, how long do they last for? They occur when I wake up in the AM left side. Is this normal? Worried it something else.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Re-assess: There may well be a discoverable trigger for your headaches, and you may find answers with a visit to your dentist. Possible causes might include jaw or TMJ issues, dental issues on left side, but could wonder about sinus or neck problems also.

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