After you read this article, you have found out that you your headache categorized as tension headache. Here, we’re gonna talk about some useful information such as what is tension headache, what causing it, the symptoms, how to treat it, and also how to prevent tension headache.
What is tension headache?
Tension headache is the most common headache. It tend to happen and happen again, especially for people who under stress. Tension headache is not a sign for more serious disease, but it is painful and disturbing your activities. The attack of tension headache can last from 30 minutes to 7 days. But if your headache last to 15 days each month over a 3 month period, you may have chronic tension headache.
The cause of tension headache
Doctors have not reached an agreement about what causes tension headaches. It could be the tension in the muscles of neck, face, and head or a change in brain chemicals. The trigger of tension headache can comes from stress, depression, hunger, and muscle strain.
The symptoms of tension headache
1. A constant but not throbbing headache. The pain or pressure is on both side of the head.
2. Pressure that makes you feel like your head is in a vise.
3. Pain in the temples or the back of your head and neck.
The type of tension headache
Tension headache can be classified as:
1. Infrequent episodic
- The attack are less often than 1 day a month or fewer that 12 days a year.
- The pain is mild to moderate. You will feel pressure or tightening on your forehead and also pressure at your temples, back of your head, and neck. You may have pain on the both side of your head as well.
- You may sensitive to light or noise, but not both
- Do not cause nausea or vomiting
- Don’t get worse with physical activity
2. Frequent episodic
The attack of this headache are more than 1 day but fewer than 14 days a month. While the other symptoms are the same as infrequent episodic tension headache.
You are in the chronic tension headache if its occur more than 15 days a month for at least 3 month. The location of pressure are the same as episodic tension headache, but you may feel nausea without vomiting. It won’t be better when you take pain relievers. The pain is mild to moderate, but the constant pain can become disabling. It often happens to the people with anxiety or depression.
The treatment of tension headache
Tension headache can be treated with over-the-counter or nonprescription pain reliever like acetaminophen or aspirin. But never take this medicine more than 3 times a week as it will leads to rebound headache. Rebound headache is a pain that comes and comes again as a result of overuse of painkillers.
How to prevent tension headache?
By doing this treatment you can have tension headache less often and the attack probably won’t be so bad. The home treatment to avoid tension headache are:
1. Reducing stress
2. Sleep, exercise, and eat on regular schedule
3. Practice good posture. Stand and sit up straight
4. Not to strain your eyes in front of computer
5. Write a headache diary about the date, time, and what you were doing and feeling before the headache started. Show it to your doctor to find the cause and the treatment of your headache.
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