Tension Headache

If you've ever had a headache, there's a good chance it was a tension headache -- 90 percent of all headaches are classified as tension headaches. But what is a tension headache, exactly? This temporary condition causes pain that is mild to moderate and feels like pressure is being applied to the head or neck.
 
Other names for a tension headache include:
 
  • Stress headache
  • Ordinary headache
  • Psychogenic headache.
 
This type of headache affects an estimated 2 percent to 3 percent of people on a chronic basis, with twice as many women affected as men. Some of the factors that increase your risk of a tension headache include:
   
Most people with infrequent tension headaches are able to find relief with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. People who experience them more frequently may require more powerful medicine or even preventive treatment.
 
(Click Tension Headaches to read the full eMedTV article on this topic. This resource contains information on how they are diagnosed, the differences between migraine headaches and tension headaches, and more.)
 

Tension Headache

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