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What increases the severity of a tension headache?

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The "severity" of a tension headache increases significantly with its frequency. Chronic tension headaches come and go over a prolonged period of time. The pain is usually throbbing and affects the front, top, or sides of the head. Although the pain may vary in intensity throughout the day, the pain is almost always present. Chronic tension headaches do not affect vision, balance, or strength.

From: Pain Management and Tension Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 12, 2018

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