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Tension Stress Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches. Virtually everybody has had at least one episode in the past - some many more than one. Read to find out what causes tension / stress headaches and what can be done to alleviate them.


What Are Tension Stress Headaches?

The term tension or stress headaches designates a type of headache involving the back and/or both sides of the head. It is often described as a band-like discomfort. The head feels as if in a vise, and the posterior muscles of the neck feel very tense. If some people tension / stress headaches are a rare phenomenon. In others, they are quite frequent and if they occur more than 15 days per month, we are talking about chronic tension / stress headaches.

Tension / stress headaches tend to be more common in women.

It is important to remember that tension / stress headaches, no matter how uncomfortable they may be, are not associated with nausea, vomiting, vision changes or other worrisome symptoms.

What Causes Tension Stress Headaches?

Given them to recent announcements in our understanding of disease, you may think we should know by now what causes tension / stress headaches. In reality, their real cause is still a mystery. our best guess is that tension / stress headaches are the result of abnormal contractions or spasms of neck and scalp muscles.

What we do know he is that tension / stress headaches tend to be more frequent in certain circumstances:

Natural Remedies For Tension Stress Headaches

There are a few coming from 6 you can do to prevent tension /stress headaches.

Medical Treatment of Tension Stress Headaches

There are circumstances when it may be appropriate to take medication for tension /stress headaches. You may find yourself in a situation where you have to finish a project and you cannot afford the much-needed rest right away. Or you may find that your tension / stress headache does not respond to non-pharmacological measures. Whatever the reason, you should try to limit the use of drugs to treat tension / stress headaches to exceptional situations, and only for limited periods of time.

Common Medications Used to Treat Tension Stress Headaches:

Note: Prolonged, treatment-resistant, daily tension/stress headaches are often a secondary manifestation of depression. If you find yourself in a situation like this, you should talk to your primary care physician to see whether you suffer from depression. You are also welcome to use our free online depression self test to evaluate your risk of depression.

When Should I Call My Doctor?

Although the vast majority of headaches are harmless and self-limited, there are circumstances when the headache signals a much more serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Here are some basic instructions to help you decide whether it's worth calling your doctor for a headache:

Other Resources About Tension Stress Headaches

Here are a few excellent sites about tension / stress headaches: As is true with many symptoms, tension headaches are often a signal from our body that we stretched ourselves too thin. We have only to gain if we stop and listen.

Dr Gily

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