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    Tension Headaches - Cause

    The cause of tension headaches is not clear. In the past, doctors believed that tension or spasms of the muscles of the neck, face, jaw, head, or scalp played a role in causing these headaches. Now they think a change in brain chemistry may also help cause a tension headache.

    Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can be brought on-or triggered-by things such as stress, depression, hunger, and muscle strain. Tension headaches may come on suddenly or slowly.

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    Chronic tension headaches often occur along with other health problems such as anxiety or depression.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 22, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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