Hassled About Tension Headaches?
Nearly 90 percent of all headaches are tension headaches. That should give you some indication of the stress levels that individuals experience in their personal as well as professional life. As the name suggests, tension headaches are mostly brought on when the person feels worried, frustrated or anxious. Most tension headaches feel like a band tightening around the forehead. The pain is usually not debilitating but it is a dull, nagging headache that impacts the whole head and the top of the eyebrows.
There are two categories of tension headaches. If the headache occurs 2 to 3 times a month, it is knows as an episodic headache. However, if the pain lasts for more than 15 days a month, it is considered a chronic condition and some form of treatment becomes essential.
What Causes Tension Headaches?
Experts today believe that the main reason for a tension headache is a change in certain brain chemicals. This is triggered when the person experiences any kind of tension such as:
- Unsatisfactory work conditions
- Loss of job
- Heavy traffic and crowds
- Legal problems
Most of these above factors bring on anxiety and depression and lead to tension headaches. But there are other reasons that can trigger the headache as well.
- Staring at the computer for too long
- Sitting or standing with the wrong posture
- Eating certain kinds of foods
- Strong smells and odors
Most of the time tension headaches are not a cause for worry and usually taper off on their own. Over-the-counter pills can be taken in their recommended doses to treat tension headaches; these are normally quite effective. However, medication of this type is only an option in the case of episodic headaches. Taking medication to treat chronic headaches which last for the better part of the month is unwise and unsafe. You should talk to your general practitioner or seek specialized treatment to find relief from chronic pain. Fortunately, a majority of individuals suffer only episodic headaches. Bringing about the right changes to one's lifestyle can go a long way in reducing occurrence of tension headaches.
- Identifying the root cause of the stress and finding realistic ways to manage it
- Eating and sleeping on time
- Reducing caffeine
- Playing a sport, exercising regularly
The Miami Headache and Neurological Institute specializes in treating all kinds of headaches. Our expert team of doctors have depth of experience, and you can be assured of the best possible treatment. Don't let that tension headache get to you.
Dr. Payman Sadeghi is the founder of the Miami Headache and Neurological Institute. He studied medicine at Nordestana University and finished his Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at the University of Texas. Dr. Sadeghi has completed an electromyography super fellowship as well as many epilepsy and neuroimaging fellowships. At his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Sadeghi gained extensive experience diagnosing and treating headache and migraine patients. That residency, along with Dr. Sadeghi's medical curiosity and his varied clinical experience, has made him a specialist in headaches and their treatment.
Dr. Sadeghi was also a clinical assistant professor during his time at the University of Texas. He is a member of the American Headache Society, the National Headache Foundation and the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Sadeghi is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Persian.