Tension headaches are one of the most common headache complaints in adults. Also referred to as stress headaches, the causes of tension headaches are not accurately known. It is believed that in some people, these headaches are caused by some kind of internal or external stress—troubled personal or professional lives, work pressures, child birth, lack of sleep, and being overworked. Thankfully, the headache manifests itself in mild to moderate pain and usually doesn’t hamper the daily activities of an individual.
Tension headaches may be episodic when the pain occurs for less than 15 days in a month or chronic when the headaches are experienced for more than 15 days in a month. The severity of tension headaches spikes with the frequency of occurrence. The episodic headaches manifest as a tight band of pain around the forehead or the back of the head and neck regions. They may last from half-an-hour to up to several days and the intensity increases gradually over a period of time. The chronic form of tension headaches manifests in an intermittent throbbing pain that affects the top, front, or the sides of the head. The intensity of the pain varies throughout the day but is nevertheless present at all times.
Tension headaches are not difficult to treat and they are known to respond favorably to the right treatment method, which is to be of course, decided by a qualified physician. In some individuals, non-drug treatment methodologies like stress management counseling, and relaxation therapies work wonders. Medicines like analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, and anti-depressants are prescribed to some individuals to treat their cases of tension headaches. At the Houston Headache Institute, we have a host of treatment methods at our disposal to alleviate the pain. Call us at 713-467-4082 to schedule an appointment.