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Claudia Jackson (RN)
Dr Waseem Mohi
Next Review: Sep 1, 2025
There are many different kinds of headaches including tension headaches, migraine, and cluster headaches.
Headaches are not normally dangerous, but rarely, a severe, or sudden headache can be a symptom of something serious like a brain tumour or a Brain haemorrhage.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and nearly everyone experiences them from time to time.
There are 2 types of tension headaches:
How do I know if I have a tension headache?
Common symptoms of a tension headache include:
the affected area may be sensitive to touch
The exact cause of tension headaches is not known, and different things may trigger tension headaches in different people. Sometimes tension headaches occur for no apparent reason.
Some common causes of tension headaches include:
Though they may be uncomfortable, tension headaches are not usually dangerous or a sign of an underlying health problem. Rarely, tension-type headaches can be a sign of thyroid disease, an underlying tumour, or chronic migraine. If you are over 50 and start having tension headaches for the first time, make an appointment with a doctor.
You can normally treat tension headaches yourself with a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Some things you can do to treat and prevent tension headaches at home include:
see a doctor if you have:
Call an ambulance or go to hospital immediately if your headache is:
An online doctor’s appointment is a great place to start if you are worried about headaches. Keeping a headache journal can be helpful before your appointment as this will help your doctor understand more about your headaches. Some things to note down in the journal include:
Based on your symptoms, our doctors can make a diagnosis of what type of headache you have, advise you on how to manage your headaches, and recommend or prescribe suitable medication. They can also advise on further investigations and follow-up appointments if necessary.
Making an online video appointment is quick and easy at Medicspot. Simply click the link, choose a time and day that suits you, and have your consultation via video link from your phone wherever you are.
Appointments are available Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm.
Pharmacists can be a great source of information if you are suffering from tension headaches. A pharmacist can advise you about over-the-counter medications and recommend one that is safe for you to take. If you are pregnant, talk to your pharmacist about which painkillers are safe to take during pregnancy. If difficulty sleeping is triggering your headaches, talk to your pharmacist about trying a natural sleep aid. Pharmacists can also give information about other products that may help with headaches such as neck support pillows, and heat and ice packs.
Tension headaches are a common, but bothersome part of life for many people. Fortunately, tension headaches are rarely a sign of a serious health issue and are easily treated with simple lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. If you suffer from tension headaches and would like to speak to a doctor, make an appointment with a GP today.
NHS: Tension headaches March 4th 2022 (Accessed October 13th 2022)
Cleveland Clinic: Tension-Type Headaches February 4th 2021 (Accessed October 13th 2022)
Patient: Tension Headache March 14th 2018 (Accessed October 13th 2022)
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Headache-tension-type July 2022 (Accessed October 13th 2022)
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