A tension headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas.
Mixed tension migraine
Muscle contraction headache; Headache - benign; Headache - tension; Chronic headaches - tension; Rebound headaches - tension
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headaches . They may occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents.
If a headache occurs two or more times a week for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic . Chronic daily headaches can result from the under- or over-treatment of a primary headache. For example, patients who take pain medication more than 3 days a week on a regular basis can develop rebound headaches.
Tension headaches can occur ...
Anxiety is characterized by extreme worrying or fear and is classified as a psychological disorder. Even so, there are a number of physical symptoms caused by anxiety. Anxiety sufferers frequently complain of headaches, caused by constant worrying and muscle tension. What are Tension Headaches? According to familydoctor.org, tension, or stress headaches are “a constant dull, achy feeling on both sides of the head.” These types of headaches can include tight feelings in either head or neck muscles. Tension headaches often begin in the middle of the day and start slowly.  An article, “Tension Headache” on CNN.com indicates that tension headaches can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an entire week. Chronic headaches are those that appear for 15 days or more in a month for several months. Tension headaches can cause additional symptoms, such as: Difficulty sleeping Fatigue Irritability Loss of appetite Difficulty concentrating ...
Headache - mixed tension migraine
Headache on one or both sides
Throbbing pain May feel dull, tight, or like a band around the head Pain varies from mild to severe May get worse with activity May last 4 - 72 hours (in some people, the headaches may occur every day)
Nausea or vomiting
Sensitivity to light or sound
Numbness, tingling, weakness
Signs and tests
Your doctor will perform a physical exam, including a detailed examination of your nervous system, and ask you about your symptoms and family history.
Tests that may be done include:
CT or MRI of the head and neck
Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
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