Tension headache

Tension headache

  • Mild to moderate rather than severe,
  • pressing or tightening rather than pulsatile,
  • Bilateral,
  • Not aggravated by routine physical activity.

Can be continuous. Phonophobia, photophobia, nausea are possible, but if more than one present, and particularly if vomiting or severe nausea, then migraine would be preferred diagnosis.

Often spreads into or arises from neck.

Chronic tension-type headache – as above but on >/15 days/month for at least 3 months. But gets messy – it is possible that a patient can have both this and Chronic migraine, viz only two of the four pain characteristics are present and associated with mild nausea. In all these cases consider Medication-overuse headache.

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