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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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    Alternative Treatments for Tension Headaches

    When a tension headache strikes, most people head for their medicine cabinet or drugstore, looking for an over-the-counter painkiller such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. But if you get them often, that plan can backfire. “Frequent use of these drugs can cause rebound headaches,” says Priyanka Chaudhry, MD of the Baylor Neuroscience Center Headache Center. There can also be side effects, as with any medicine. Taking too much acetaminophen is bad for your liver, and overdoing ibuprofen can upset...

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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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