Tension Headache Symptoms

45 Million American (16.54% of the total population) suffer from headache. But only 8 million of them complain of headache to the doctor. Tension Headache is the most common type of headache. According to an estimation 80-90% people suffer from this type of headache at least once in their life time. Unfortunately the causes behind tension headache are not known.

Types of Tension Headache based on their duration:

S.No. Type of Tension Headache Duration
1. Normal 30 mins-1 Week
2. Chronic 15 Days-3 Months
3. Episodic More than 15 times in a month

Statistics of Tension Headache:

S.No. Factor Statistics
1. Male Suffers 69%
2. Female Suffers 88%
3. Average Age of Onset 9-12 years

Symptoms of a Tension Headache: Migraine and tension headache are very similar. That is why, it is difficult to separate the symptoms of tension headache from migraine. Some of the symptoms are:

  • Dullness,
  • Constant aching head pain,
  • Irritation to sound,
  • Irritation to light,
  • Tightness across the forehead,
  • Pressure on the sides and back of the head,
  • Loss of appetite,
  • Tenderness on the scalp, neck and shoulder.

Things to avoid the Symptoms of Tension Headache:

  • Poor posture while sitting
  • Eye Strain
  • Cigarette
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Cold and Cough
  • Fatigue

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