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So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

Myofascial pain: With clenching or bruxism one usually thinks of the massaters as the muscles most involved. This will create pain in the jaw area. Another muscle that also is invoved with clenching is the temporalis. It will cause referred pain in the side of the head and over the eye. This type of referred pain is known as myofascial pain. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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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?

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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Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Not really: It depends on what you are describing as a tension headache, and the characteristics of the pain and location. If the pain is over the area of the "sore spots", you may have a herpetic outbreak in your head that is causing pain. I.E. Shingles. If pain is generalized, it's probably coincidental. ...Read more

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I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

Maybe: Seems like you are straining to hard to see and so you scrunch up your forehead. So the spot in between your brows get achy. This may drive your Botox bill up later in life ;=) you may need glasses to help you, so you don't have to strain so hard! ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Chronic Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic tension-type headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic tth except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles as well as the pericranial muscles. ...Read more

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I have had eye strain and sore spots all over my head. Is this just a tension headache?

I have had eye strain and sore spots all over my head. Is this just a tension headache?

Eye strain can: Certainly precipitate tension headaches. The most common locations for tension headaches are the temples and the base of the skull/upper neck. ...Read more

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Throbbing on my right hand side of my head really sore tender to touch what is this is this tension headache or migraine it really hurts on one side?

Throbbing on my right hand side of my head really sore tender to touch what is this is this tension headache or migraine it really hurts on one side?

Cutaneous allodynia: Throbbing unilateral pain is usually migraine. When a migraine goes on for a while without effective treatment, you can develop "cutaneous allodynia, " which is when your skin becomes sensitive to touch, combing, water, or other usually non-painful stimuli. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is this a tension headache temples that ache, sore eyes, tight neck an shoulders, worse when brisk walking, upper teeth hurt has symptoms for 6 years

Is this a tension headache temples that ache, sore eyes, tight neck an shoulders, worse when brisk walking, upper teeth hurt has symptoms for 6 years

Trigeminal neuralgis: Thyis also can be a variant of trigeminal neuralgia that was initiated by chronic sinusitis and/or bad teeth. You need nto have this evaluated so the primary (ies) can be identified and appropriately treated. ...Read more

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How long for a viral syndrome to go away? Severe tension headache, fever, tiredness, restlessness, sore throat severe, congestion, minor body aches

How long for a viral syndrome to go away? Severe tension headache, fever, tiredness, restlessness, sore throat severe, congestion, minor body aches

Sounds awful: Everyone is different, and these nonspecific viral syndromes vary a lot. If it's just a pharyngitis (sore throat) those usually improve within 3-5 days, but mono would be a situation where a sore throat lasts a lot longer. If it evolves into a cough or something more flu-like, that can hang on for weeks (though the fever/achy stuff passes after the first few days). Sinus stuff hangs on too. ...Read more

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My head hurts in the lower left side of my skull the Dr's I have seen say tension headache or a muscle spasm I have had the headache since Dec 25th?

My head hurts in the lower left side of my skull the Dr's I have seen say tension headache or a muscle spasm I have had the headache since Dec 25th?

Most likely cause: If the pain is aching or bank like, not accompanied by nausea or vomiting, if not throbbing, if it is more of a moderate grade pain that doesn't interfere with your ability to function, it is more than likely a tension type. I am assuming you have had a CT scan or MRI. ...Read more

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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?

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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Surgery resolved my occipital neuralgia a year ago. Constant muscle spasm in neck/shoulders, plus tension headache, remain. What's the next step?

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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Can 3 months of Tension headache, muscle twitching, and a week of lightheadedness be triggered by anxiety only? Blood tests and MRI scans normal

Can 3 months of Tension headache, muscle twitching, and a week of lightheadedness be triggered by anxiety only? Blood tests and MRI scans normal

Physical anxiety: Anxiety can present in a wide variety of physical ways, including muscle twitching, lightheadedness, & headaches. It can raise blood pressure, cause tingling of fingers/toes, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and so on. If the dangerous and the likely both have been ruled out, anxiety may be the suspected cause. If symptoms change, the degree of suspicion for anxiety vs something else may change ...Read more

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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

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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My palms are red is that normal? Also I've had random headaches for past 4 days and muscle soreness I have neuropathy is that normal?

My palms are red is that normal? Also I've had random headaches for past 4 days and muscle soreness I have neuropathy is that normal?

See your doctor: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I am currently having severe leg cramps, all over muscle soreness and having headaches and dizziness.?

I am currently having severe leg cramps, all over muscle soreness and having headaches and dizziness.?

Possible deficiency: Muscle aches can be the result if overuse and also electrolyte deficiency (low potassium, magnesium). Also anemia can cause similar symptoms including the headaches and dizziness. I suggest evaluation by a physician to check a complete metabolic profile. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Tension Headache (Definition)

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