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What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

Tension headache: Is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. ...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


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What are tension headache?

What are tension headache?

Tension headaches: Headaches which are caused by stress or discomfort on neck, scalp and headmuscles.Headaches are band-like in nature ...Read more

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What's a tension headache like?

What's a tension headache like?

See below:: With a tension headache, the pain often starts at the back of your head and moves forward, so that it eventually includes your neck, scalp, and head. It' s often described as feeling like you have a tight band across your head. Read more: http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/tension-headache-000074.Htm#ixzz1wzcetql4. ...Read more

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Why Do you get a tension headache?

Why Do you get a tension headache?

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 (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist. ...Read more

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How long can tension headaches last?

How long can tension headaches last?

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. ...Read more

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How can you relieve tension headaches?

How can you relieve tension headaches?

Multiple modalities: Practicing pranayama (breathing exercises) in the acute phase can alleviate a tension headache. Practicing on a regular basis can prevent them. can also be very helpful. Regular exercise, sound sleep, yoga, and meditation help too. Acupuncture. Addressing the root cause of what is causing you to feel tense is the most important thing you can do. ...Read more

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What causes a morning tension headache?

What causes a morning tension headache?

Unknown!: Tension headaches are characterized by dull, non-pulsatile discomfort on both sides of the temples and forehead. Typically last for 30-60 min or for days. Affect at least 40% of adults in any given year. Occur most commonly in the early morning and late afternoon. The morning variety is often triggered by lack of sleep, awkward sleeping positions, hangovers and caffeine withdrawal. Cause unknown! ...Read more

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What are symptoms of tension headaches?

What are symptoms of tension headaches?

Pain in your head: Specific symptoms for types of headaches are artificial and of little real importance. Most all headaches are caused by injured muscle and fascia in the head, neck, jaw, and upper back, and the resulting trigger points sending pain to your head. Learn about myofascial pain and treatment. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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How could tension headaches be treated?

Preventive : Depends how many headaches you have in a month. Otc are fine, but if you overuse you can get into medication overuse headache cycle. Preventive medications are helpful if the headaches are significant. ...Read more

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How Do I treat a severe tension headache?

How Do I treat a severe tension headache?

Tension Type HA: Once a diagnosis of tension type headache has been made, effective management involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional TTH management. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of tension headache?

What are the symptoms of tension headache?

Tension HA: Usually begins in the back of the head and radiates forward laterally. Moderately severe, stiffness of the muscles in back of neck leading up to back of head. ...Read more

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Tension headache - what I can do or take?/

Tension headache - what I can do or take?/

Lots!: Here are very good ideas: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tension-headache/in-depth/headaches/ART-20047631?pg=1 You'll notice there are no pills. Taking an OTC as directed would be ok if that has helped, before but these ways are best. Also,have an exam to be sure it is a tension headache if these things don't help. ...Read more

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How long do tension headaches tend to last?

How long do tension headaches tend to last?

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. ...Read more

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What are common signs of a tension headache?

What are common signs of a tension headache?

Well you might feel: Tension or stress prior to developing the full blown headache. Headaches are complex. Sometimes you notice certain things happen prior to your getting a headache. This should be reported to your doctor. Sometimes you get an aura - a sensation prior to a headache. Report this to your doctor.... There are so many headaches. The more information you provide makes a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of a tension headache?

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What are common symptoms of a tension headache?

Tension headache: Some of symptoms of a tension headache are a dull, aching head pain, sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head, tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles. ...Read more

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How to relieve tension headache w/o medication?

How to relieve tension headache w/o medication?

Many ways to try...: A variety of strategies can help reduce the severity and frequency of chronic tension headaches without using medicine. Manage your stress level. Applying heat or ice to sore muscles may ease a tension headache. Good posture can also help keep your muscles from tensing up. Acupuncture, massage and meditation are also helpful for some people. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for tension headache?

What is the best medicine for tension headache?

Depends on cause: Consider dental, jaw, stress, lack of sleep, medication side effects, sinus, etc. See your regular doctor and decide the next intervention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to stop a tension headache?

Reduce stress is key: That's how tension headache gets its name! So, to reduce it, do things in your life that de-stresses you, like taking walks in nature, slow down, meditating, drinking tea and hydrating, relaxing your muscles like what's done in hatha yoga doing slow stretches, massage.Do things opposite that makes you feel hurried, rushed, overwhelmed or overcommitted. Start saying, 'No' to others, and yes for U! ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relieve a tension headache?

What do you suggest to relieve a tension headache?

Acupuncture: There are a number of treatment options for tension headaches. As an acupuncturist, it is very satisfying to help relieve someone's head pain. ...Read more

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What are tension headaches? Like what causes them?

What are tension headaches? Like what causes them?

Cause unknown: The causes for ANY type of headache can be highly variable. There is no one cause for tension type headaches. Stress is considered the #1 risk factor for all headache types. The best way to discover the type(s) of headache(s) you have is to use a headache diary, document your symptoms carefully for a period of time, and then, have a headache specialist interpret the data. ...Read more

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What is relieve tension headaches after working out?

What is relieve tension headaches after working out?

Identify cause: It could be a neck problem with instability that radiates to the neck. It could be blood pressure. Prolotherapy may be what you need . Visit www.Getprolo.Com , www.Aaomed.Org for hel in finding a doctor to treat this problem. ...Read more

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What is the best way to alleviate a tension headache?

What is the best way to alleviate a tension headache?

Home remedies: You can try a few home remedies starting with ice application over back of neck and temples. Other things you could try are warm compresses, massaging your temples and green tea. Advil or Aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) might also provide you some relief. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of a tension headache?

What is the best way to take care of a tension headache?

DECREASE TENSION: If a situation causes tension, change the situation. If you can't do this, change your response to stress.If you can't do that alone, get help. Psychotherapy doesn't require that people have a mental illness, and it often strengthens their ability to handle the challenges of living. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Tension headache?

What is the definition or description of: Tension headache?

Tension headache: A tension headache can present with pressure on the back, sides or front of the head (or it can cause a complete circle of pain & pressure). The pain is usually mild to moderate, dull +& accompanied by tender neck, shoulder or head muscles. It is often treated with nonsteroidal ant-inflammatory medications or acetomenophen, or with similar medications that include either a sedative or caffeine. ...Read more

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What type of.headache is a tension headache? What causes it?

Tension headache: A tension headache feels like pressure, like a band around the head, or discomfort at the top of the neck. It is long-lasting, continuous, and it may last for many days. It is sometimes worse with movement of the head. It is especially common in people who are under stress, who work with their head flexed forward (such as computer monitor users). Non-medical treatment is available. ...Read more

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I get tension headaches at the end of everyday. What shall I do?

I get tension headaches at the end of everyday. What shall I do?

Look for triggers: Tension headaches are very common. Look at your physical work environment. Are you able to maintain good posture, take short breaks to stretch muscles? Do you have difficult situations/people that cause stress? Are you skipping meals? If you are answering yes to any or all of these questions, you mayhave muscle spasms, low blood sugar, neck pain, jaw clenching that lead to headache. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what can I take to relieve a tension headache?

Can anyone tell me what can I take to relieve a tension headache?

See doctor: Eating well , sleeping well and possibly an over the counter pain med like motrin, if it is not relieved then one needs to see the doctor. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for me to have tension headaches every day?

What could be the cause for me to have tension headaches every day?

Relaxation exercises: Tension-type headaches are by far the most common type so especially in light of your OCD I can add reassurance. You have other co-facters and these are best managed by your current prescribing physician who appears to be doing an excellent job. Sleep is so important. Be sure you are avoiding caffeine for at least 12 hours before bed. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day in a dark room. ...Read more

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What are the name of the medication used to treat tension headaches?

OTC analgesics: OTC pain meds like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naprosyn (naproxen) (Aleve) and aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help. Hot showers or baths, warm towels to the neck, active or passive stretching and massage can help. Try deep breathing, meditation, guided imagery or biofeedback under the care of a trained therapist. If you need stronger meds see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cure chronic tension headache rathers than just take pills?

What can cure chronic tension headache rathers than just take pills?

Chronic tension head: Most tension headaches are from stress. If you don't want to take medication for the headaches a good remedy is to prevent them. Meditation, acupuncture and massage therapy with acupressure has been very effective in tension headache relief and prevention. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can a tension headache last for more than a couple weeks maybe even a month?

Can a tension headache last for more than a couple weeks maybe even a month?

Tension HA: Yes tension headaches can last for long periods if the cause is not alleviated, otc anti-inflammatory meds generally help and ice or heat to neck and upper back may also help. If no relief with these remedies see your physician. ...Read more

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I've had a tension headache for the past few days, what can I do to relive it?

Pain meds?: pain meds usually will help... if not.. or if the headaches continue I would see a physician or headache specialist to try and help you with the cause and solution... and rule out any serious cause.. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of medication will chronic tension headache respond well to?

Please tell me what type of medication will chronic tension headache respond well to?

Many options: There are different options best discussed with either your primary care doctor or neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a tension headache to last for months? If yes, what are the best home remedies?

Is it possible for a tension headache to last for months? If yes, what are the best home remedies?

Headaches: come in several types, e.g., muscular, vascular, cluster. Stress headaches are unpleasant but fairly common. Please start w/a visit to your doctor to rule out medical conditions. Then consider seeing a clinical psychologist for stress management training such as biofeedback or clinical hypnosis. (See www.asch.net for referrals). Peace and good health. You can do it. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more