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Dr. Eric Hastriter
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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Can tension headaches last 1-2 seconds? Sharp pain different places every day several a day. My neck always hurts and knotted. Computers & bad posture

Dr. Eric Hastriter
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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Can tension headaches last 1-2 seconds? Sharp pain different places every day several a day. My neck always hurts and knotted. Computers & bad posture

Tension headaches: Tension type headache is 30 minutes to 7 days. Usually bilateral, squeezing character, mild to moderate intensity. Stress, anxiety, muscle strain from having technology posture can cause and make them more frequent. Mild nausea or vomiting can occur. Sensitive to light or sound can also occur but not more than one of these for the diagnoses. Over the counter NSAID is treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Tension Headache (Definition)

Tension headache is also known as Stress headache. Tension headache is a condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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How can you tell the difference between a tension headache & migraine? Headache has been around for 2 days, nauseated, neck muscle tension. Behind eye

Dr. Paul Grin
Board Certified, Pain Management
31 years in practice
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How can you tell the difference between a tension headache & migraine? Headache has been around for 2 days, nauseated, neck muscle tension. Behind eye

Migraine vs Tension: Traditionally, migraine and episodic TTH were viewed as different clinical entities, yet epidemiological studies have not been able to find clinical and pathophysiological features to distinguish episodic TTH from migraine. Most migraineurs have signs and symptoms of TTH; 25% of TTH patients reportedly have migraine symptoms. See orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
37 years in practice
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Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Several things: One thing that could help is finding an osteopathic physician who does gentle manipulation (not chiropractic high-velocity neck cracking) to work with you. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/about-osteopathic-medicine/pages/default.aspx massage could help also. Additionally, using some guided imagery: http://www.Healthjourneys.Com/product_detail.Aspx?Id=12&mcid=6&catid=. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
7 years in practice
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Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Dr. Robert Kent
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Most likely muscle: While this is most likely muscular pain, any change in back or neck pain when you have history of a syrinx, should be examined to look for any neurologic changes. I would recommend follow up with your neurologist just to be safe. If the pain continues to get better, its less concerning and most likely musculature. If it radiates, causes weakness, gets worse, recommend seeing neurologist sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Surgery resolved my occipital neuralgia a year ago. Constant muscle spasm in neck/shoulders, plus tension headache, remain. What's the next step?

Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
47 years in practice
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Surgery resolved my occipital neuralgia a year ago. Constant muscle spasm in neck/shoulders, plus tension headache, remain. What's the next step?

Pin down cause: Glad surgery worked, but talk to your doc about MRI of neck and thoracic spines, and maybe EMG of brachial plexus. An experienced physical therapist could be very helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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My wife has muscle tension, tension headache, difficulty sleeping and nervousness. A doctor prescribed me orfidal and now another doctor recommended I?

Dr. Bernard Seif
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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My wife has muscle tension, tension headache, difficulty sleeping and nervousness. A doctor prescribed me orfidal and now another doctor recommended I?

Magnesium is one: possible help for headaches. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions. Stress management is another tool, like using the Relaxation Response. See www.relaxationresponse.org Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Brennan
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Which neck, back or shoulder muscles are most commonly associated with muscle spasms and/or tension headaches?

Dr. Mark Brennan
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Which neck, back or shoulder muscles are most commonly associated with muscle spasms and/or tension headaches?

Trapezius: trapezius muscle is usually the one causing hr=eadachs. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
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My brain runs so fast and so obsessively. I have tension headaches and tension in my neck because I clench all my muscles when I am thinking. Everyth?

Dr. Peter Forster
Board Certified, Psychiatry
31 years in practice
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My brain runs so fast and so obsessively. I have tension headaches and tension in my neck because I clench all my muscles when I am thinking.  Everyth?

Help is at hand: It sounds as though you have really been dealing with a lot. Fortunately you can feel a lot better if you get help. Talk to your doctor and get a referral to a good therapist and/or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. James Marx
Board Certified, Pain Management
43 years in practice
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
24 years in practice
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I'm having muscle tension, headaches, and dizziness really bad. Is this normal for a ear infection?

Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
24 years in practice
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I'm having muscle tension, headaches, and dizziness really bad. Is this normal for a ear infection?

Potentially: Middle ear infection can cause headaches, muscle tension, and dizziness; sometimes even nausea and vomiting. Should rapidly improve with antibiotics, make sure you are followed closely. ...Read more

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