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What are the symptoms of tension headache?
Most tension headaches occur infrequently, and are usually short-lived
(resolves within minutes to a few hours). In rare cases the headache may last
for many days. A tension headaches that occur more than 15 days each month are referred to as chronic tension headache.
Tension headache pain
The pain of chronic tension headache tends to wax and wane in severity.
The pain associated with tension headache typically impacts the whole head, but may begin in the back of the head or above the eyebrows.
Some people experience a
cap or band-like sensation which encircles their skull, while others describe
their pain as a muscle tension in their neck or shoulder regions.
The pain is frequently described as constant and pressure-like.
The pain tends to come on gradually and even at maximum intensity is not
Most people who have a tension headache are able to continue their daily activities despite the pain.
Other tension headache symptoms
In some cases, people with tension headache report some sensitivity to light
Are tension headaches associated with symptoms of other types of headache?
Tension headaches are not associated with nausea or vomiting, and do not have symptoms like flashing lights, blind spots, or numbness or weakness
of the arms or legs which precede the headache. These symptoms can help
distinguish tension headaches from other types of headaches (for example,