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Feeling like a tight band around your head!

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FEELING LIKE A TIGHT BAND AROUND YOUR HEAD!

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Is it migraine? Similar to migraine, tension headaches might increase sensitivity to light and sound, on the contrary, they are generally not associated with visual disturbances, nausea or vomiting. They usually cause mild to moderate pain on both sides of the head.1, 2

Tension headaches generally originates from stress or tension, neck strain, missed meals, depression, anxiety or lack of sleep, these causes muscle contractions in the face or the neck which accordingly causes headache. 1, 2

 

·       This type of headache can occur as > 1 episode but < 15 episodes per month for at least 3 months. Each episode might last from 30 minutes to a week, thus named Episodic Tension Headaches. 1,2,3

·       Or it might occur as > 15 episodes per month for at least 3 months. Each episode might last for hours, and this is called Chronic Tension Headaches. 1,2,3

·       And, it could occur in the form of < 1 episode per month, and this is called Infrequent Episodic Tension Headache. 1,2,3

Generally, over-the-counter medicines are the right choices to treat headaches, but they should be used in the correct doses. Try to relax and meditate as an alternative therapy to relieve stress.1,2,3

References:

1.      Tension headache. Myo Clinic. 2019. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tension-headache/symptoms-causes/syc-20353977 Last accessed: 25/6/2019

2.      Tension-type Headache. Tension-Type Headache (TTH) | American Migraine Foundation. https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/resource-library/tension-type-headache/

3.      Headaches: Treatment depends on your diagnosis and symptoms. Mayo Clinic. 2019. Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-daily-headaches/in-depth/headaches/art-20047375 Last accessed: 25/6/2019