TENSION HEADACHE

 
 

THE TENSION HEADACHE

 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

 
Tension headache is the most common headache in the population, with the prevalence of episodic tension headache being approximately 80%. Due to its high prevalence, this type of headache is responsible for significant disability and has socioeconomic impact.

There are two subtypes of tension headache - episodic (most frequent) and chronic.
In episodic tension headache, the most frequent, headache usually arises in the context of an emotional stress event and is characterized by:
  • Mild to moderate pain
  • Pain on both sides of the face (bilateral)
  • Pain characterized by tightness or “helmet”
  • Pain that does not worsen with daily physical activity
  • Pain and discomfort that may be associated with cervical stiffness/discomfort
  • Pain lasting minutes to days
  • Pain that usually responds to analgesic therapy

The chronic form evolves from the episodic form, with the clinical characteristics of pain being similar. Headache occurs on ≥ 15 days per month, for more than 3 months per year, and can last for hours to days or be continuous.

 

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

 
DIAGNOSIS
The diagnosis is clinical, requiring detailed clinical history and neurological examination.

NON-PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT
Regular physical exercise and adequate sleep.

PHARMACOLOGICAL TREATMENT
We offer pharmacological treatment for different cases, some of which may be carried out with type A toxin.
 
 
 
 
 

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