Tension-type headache

Tension-type headache belongs to the primary headaches, i.e. it has no known cause. The pain is neither pulsating nor as strong as in migraine and is rather described as a sensation of pressure. Also, it is not aggravated by physical activity like the headache in migraine. Nausea and vomiting are also atypical for this form of headache. These characteristic differences make it possible to distinguish migraine and tension headache.

Tension-type headaches are often, but not always, associated with stress. They can be alleviated with sporting activities, relaxation exercises and pain medications. If patients suffer from chronic tension-type headache, it is necessary to look out for other causes of the headache.