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    Tension Headaches - Symptoms

    Symptoms of tension headaches include:

    • A constant headache that does not throb or pulse. You usually feel the pain or pressure on both sides of your head.
    • Tightness around your forehead that may feel like a "vise grip."
    • Aching pain at your temples or the back of your head and neck.

    Unlike migraines, tension headaches usually don't occur with nausea, vomiting, or feeling sensitive to both light and noise. But light or noise could make your headache worse. Tension headaches usually aren't bad enough to keep you from doing your daily activities.

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    Tension headaches can last from 30 minutes to 7 days.

    If you have a headache on 15 or more days each month over a 3-month period, you may have chronic tension headaches.

    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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