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tension headache Miami FL

Tension headache - treatment & services

Tension headaches are among the most common headache disorders we encounter at Miami Headache Institute. Fortunately, our experience with tension headaches have given us a high level of expertise in how to properly treat them.

Before being classified by the International Headache Society (IHS), the term tension headache was applied to any headache related to psychopathology or caused by excess muscle tension and contraction. In 1988 the IHS categorized episodic tension-type headaches (ETTH) and chronic tension-type headaches (CTTH). Today tension-type headaches are the most common headache disorder in the US, affecting women more than men at a ratio of five to four.

ETTH characteristics

  • Lasts from 30 minutes to several daysxan
  • Bilateral
  • Mild to moderate intensity
  • Tightening, pressing, non-pulsating pain
  • Not aggravated by exertion
  • Absent of vomiting, nausea, phonophobia or photophobia
  • Occurs fewer than fifteen times a month

CTTH characteristics

  • Lasts from 30 minutes to several days
  • Bilateral
  • Severe intensity
  • Tightening, pressing, non-pulsating pain
  • Not aggravated by exertion
  • Absent of vomiting, nausea, phonophobia or photophobia
  • Occurs fifteen or more times a month
  • Associated with overuse of medication

Does Celebrex Help for Headaches? medicinal therapies to treat tension-type headaches

Medication can be effective in the treatment of tension-type headaches. Prescribed medication usage must be monitored for signs of overuse which could lead to an episodic tension-type headache converting to chronic. Drugs used to treat tension-type headaches are anti-inflammatories like Celebrex, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories Naproxen and Ibuprofen, Analgesics such as Firorinal and Tylenol with Codeine, mild analgesics like Acetaminophen and Aspirin and stress reducers Tranxene, Buspar and Xanax.

Behavioral therapies effective against tension-type headaches include relaxation therapy, biofeedback, stress management, electrical muscle stimulation, hot and cold therapy, massage and ultrasound.

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