Tension Headaches Symptoms and Treatment
Tension headaches can be very painful.This type of a headache is common in most people. It is often like a stress headache sice it feels as though someone is tying a band around your head.
Symptoms of a tension headache are typically:
1. Head pain with a dull achy feeling
2. Feeling a tught constriction around your head
3. Head feels very tender and sensitive to touch
4. The pain is very dull, unrelenting ache
These headaches can go on from a very short period of one half hour up to seven days. If the headaches go on and on, they are labeled as chronic tension headaches.
Sometimes people have difficulty telling tension headaches from a mirgraine headache, as they are similar in a lot of ways. The major differences in migraines and tension headaches is that in migraines you will have visual disturbances with vomiting and upset stomach. Migraines are also made much worse with any type of exercise or physical exertions whereas tension headaches this isn’t usually typical.
You need to see your physician for treatment if the headaches are:
1. Sudden and severe
2. You gave a stiff neck which could indicate something more serious
3. Have a headache that keeps on worsening
4. Have double vision, vomiting, and a fever
These headache types can usually be treated with the usual analgesics. An excellent option is usually Ibuprofen. Iboprofen often clears up a lot of headache pains within a half hour if you take two tablets with water and lay down and rest, giving yourself a chance to recover. Sometimes Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol will help. Tylenol is my least favorite though, and I don’t really think that it does that much good if the pain you are feeling is pretty intense. Instead, Tylenol could be taken in order to prevent a tension type of headache.
Excedrin is another great type of headache drug to use. Your Excedrin pills often have a combination of caffeine, acetominophen, and aspirin in it which act as a great pain reliever. The one drawback to this medicine is that it can easily be quite habit-forming.
If you have a combination of both migraines and tension headaches, your doctor can prescribe a drug that is a triptan type of drug. Doctors will usually prescribe these pills only when absolutely needed since they are also very habit-forming.
There are some antidepressants that can help manage your chronic tension headaches. These are known as tricyclic antidepressant drugs. One example of such a drug is Pamelor. This drug will not only prevent a bad tension headache, but help with depression problems as well.
Anticonvulsant types of drugs may help people with many headache problems. These drugs are those such as Topamax and also Neurontin.
Many of your preventive medications require a few weeks of therapy before they will really produce the desired preventive effect. You really need to keep the Excedrin which is an acute pain reliever down to a minimum in order to gain the most benefit from long-term medicines.