Headache, tension

  • Headache due to long-standing stress and overwork
  • Symptoms may include a band-like sensation on the head and upper back or neck stiffness
  • Cause may be due to stress, poor posture and jaw clenching
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age more common in older adults
  • May be mild to severe

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Resting or getting enough sleep
  • Ice packs
  • Hot packs or heating pad
  • Hot bath or hot shower
  • Stress management: deep breathing, biofeedback, massage to neck muscles
  • Exercise regularly
  • Good posture
  • Medications

Analgesics:

    • Ibuprofen
    • Acetaminophen

 

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY

  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Biofeedback
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Progressive muscle relaxation

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Avoid using over-the-counter medicine for more than 9 days a month
  • Avoid smoking

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • Headaches disrupt your life
  • You are taking medicine more than twice a week
  • Your headache suddenly feels different
  • You are not better in a couple of days or it wakes you up at night
  • Headaches get worse or happen more often
  • You have new symptoms
  • You are older than 50 years, with new type of headache or more frequent
  • You miss work or school regularly due to your headaches
  • You have an abrupt, severe headache, which feels like a thunderclap
  • You experience a stiff neck, fever, mental confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or speaking difficulties
  • You develop a headache after a head injury, especially if it gets worse
  • You experience chronic, progressive headache that comes after coughing, exertion, staining or sudden movement
  • Headaches occur after exercises, coughing, sneezing or sexual activity

 

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