>9 in 10
adults will experience a headache at some point
2 in 3
children will have a headache by the age of 15
Knowing how to spot a tension headache, the most common type of headache, can help you treat and maybe even avoid them in the future.
Tension Headache Checklist
- Dull, aching head pain
- Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
- Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles
- The feeling of being stressed, depressed or anxious (happens to us all sometimes)
What Causes a Tension Headache?
Not sleeping enough.
Skipping a meal.
Stress, depression or anxiety.
Clenching your jaw.
Straining your head or neck muscles.
When to call the doctor about your headache
- +2 headaches per week
- A sudden, severe headache possibly accompanied by a stiff neck/fever
- You feel confused, short of breath, weak, are experiencing loss of vision or lose consciousness
- Your pain gets worse over a period of time past a few days
- If you have a headache after a head injury
- Your headache is triggered by exertion, coughing or bending
- You have persistent/severe vomiting not caused by another disease
- If you have a persistent, nonstop headache (and usually don't get them)
Not every tension headache means you have to call your doctor, but they can be a sign of a more serious issue that needs care. Please talk to your physician about your symptoms to get the treatment you need.
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