How to Spot a Tension Headache

More than 9 in 10 adults will experience a headache at some point and 2 in 3 children will have a headache by the age of 15.

Knowing how to spot a tension headache, the most common type of headache, can help you treat and maybe even avoid them in the future.


Tension headache checklist

  • Dull, aching head pain
  • Sensation of tightness or pressure across your forehead or on the sides and back of your head
  • Tenderness on your scalp, neck and shoulder muscles
  • The feeling of being stressed, depressed or anxious (happens to us all sometimes)

What causes a tension headache?

Not sleeping enough

Not sleeping enough

Skipping a meal

Skipping a meal

Drinking alcohol

Drinking alcohol

Stress, depression or anxiety

Stress, depression or anxiety

Clenching your jaw

Clenching your jaw

Straining your head or neck muscles

Straining your head or neck muscles


When to call your doctor about your headache

  • +2 headaches per week
  • A sudden, severe headache possibly accompanied by a stiff neck/fever
  • You feel confused, short of breath, weak, are experienceing loss of vision or lose consciousness
  • Your pain get worse over a period of time past a few days
  • If you have a headache after a head injury
  • Your headache is triggered by exertion, coughing or bending
  • You have persistent/severe vomiting not caused by another disease
  • If you have a persistent, nonstop headache (and usually don’t get them)

Not every tension headache means you have to call your doctor, but they can be a sign of a more serious issue that needs care. Please talk to your physician about your symptoms to get the treatment you need.


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