tension headache

noun

Definition of tension headache

: bilateral headache marked by mild to moderate pain of variable duration that typically is accompanied by contraction of the neck and scalp muscles

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Recent Examples on the Web That's because some experts believe that what people call allergy headaches may actually be a different type of headache—like a migraine or tension headaches—independent of a person's allergies. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Here's What an Allergy Headache Feels Like, According to an Allergist," 28 Apr. 2020 Stress is considered one of the most common triggers for headaches -- not just tension headaches, but migraines as well. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "From migraines to asthma to shingles: The physical toll coronavirus-related stress takes on your body and how to combat it," 14 May 2020 But while some headaches—like cluster headaches and tension headaches—can occur on their own without a specific reason, other headaches can be related to outside circumstances, like allergies. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Here's What an Allergy Headache Feels Like, According to an Allergist," 28 Apr. 2020 For some people, eye strain can be a symptom of headache syndromes like sinus pressure, tension headaches, or migraines. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Why You Might Be Experiencing More Headaches in Quarantine," 16 Apr. 2020 Problem: Hunched shoulders, tension headaches, neck pain. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "How to combat poor at-home work posture," 22 Apr. 2020 The researchers studied 400 people with a primary headache condition, which includes migraines, tension headaches and other types not caused by another illness. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Smartphones may make your headaches worse, study finds," 4 Mar. 2020 Also, cluster headaches generally aren’t triggered by certain factors, like stress or hormonal changes, the way tension headaches and migraines can be. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 30 Dec. 2019 Anyone can get a tension headache, which is caused by muscle tightness in the head, neck, or scalp, according to MedlinePlus. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 30 Dec. 2019

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Tension headache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tension%20headache. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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tension headache

noun

Medical Definition of tension headache

: headache marked by mild to moderate pain of variable duration that affects both sides of the head and is typically accompanied by contraction of neck and scalp muscles Nearly half of all women with tension headaches unknowingly clench their chewing muscles, oral-facial pain experts report.Prevention, August 2004 Such headaches once were blamed on contraction of scalp muscles, but many dispute that idea. The name "tension headache" persists, however, since the problem is frequently found as part and parcel of general emotional stress.— Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 6 July 1994

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