Tension headache is the most common cause of headache in the general population. It causes mild to moderate pain and is often caused by stress or fatigue.
Most people only experience tension-type headache occasionally and can treat their symptoms at home. However, chronic tension headache can be disabling, and requires medical consultation. This article provides a thorough review of tension headache including the symptoms, available treatments, and when to see a doctor.
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- What is tension-type headache?
- Causes & triggers
- Types of tension headache
- When to see a doctor
- Treatment of tension headache
- Further information & resources
Medically reviewed by Dr Trudy Cheng. Last updated September 4, 2022.