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Mixed tension migraine

  • Definition

    Mixed tension migraine is a headache with features of both tension and migraine headaches.

    See also:

    • Cluster headache
    • Headache
    • Migraine
    • Tension headache

    Alternative Names

    Headache - mixed tension migraine


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Migraine headaches affect millions of people. Tension headaches are even more common, affecting about 40% of the population. People with mixed tension migraine have features of both types of headaches. It is difficult to differentiate which symptoms are due to which type of headache. Women have mixed tension migraines more often than men.

    Common triggers for these headaches are hormonal changes, dietary factors, environmental factors, stimulation, and stress. Examples include:

    • Alcohol
    • Bright light
    • Food and food additives
    • Missed or delayed meals
    • Menstruation
    • Odors
    • Too much or too little sleep
    • Use and withdrawal of certain drugs or medications

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