What are Headaches?
Headaches are one of the most common conditions faced by both adults and children. They are caused by a range of different reasons, some which are not even understood yet.
The most common type of headaches that occur are tension headaches. This is the most common form and account for approximately 70% of all headaches. In this condition, people experience a mild to moderate pain on the forehead that could feel like a tight band around this area. The good news about these headaches is that they are short-lived, so the pain should go away within a few hours when appropriate treatment is given.
In most cases, headaches last only a few hours and occur infrequently. However, in some rare cases, headaches can last for days and it may also occur frequently. Such rare cases are termed as chronic tension headaches and the pain in these cases tends to increase and decrease.
Causes of Tension Headaches
Headache 1 – Poor sleep or lack of it, clenching and grinding of teeth due to bad bite, decrease blood oxygen level during the night, high CO2 and acidosis may cause a tension headache. Lack of enough nutrients due to skipping meals, excess stress, eye strain or sometimes even dehydration. Sometimes, poor muscular posture may also contribute to this condition.
Headache 2 – When you feel a pain in the back of your head or about the eyebrows and your temple, you know it is a tension headache. Some people even feel like a tight band is put around their head while others may feel a mild tension in their shoulders or necks just before the onset of tension headaches. People suffering from this may feel a slight pressure on their head, but it does not impede their daily activities. There is usually no nausea or vomiting associated with tension headaches. Also, people suffering from tension headaches do not have symptoms like blind spots or feeling of weakness in their arms and legs. In fact, lack of these symptoms is what distinguishes tension headaches from other conditions like a migraine.
Tension headaches are identified most of the time with patient’s medical history. If they occur frequently and do not incapacitate that person, then it is diagnosed as tension headache. Sometimes, the healthcare practitioner may take a blood work to rule any other abnormality or underlying health condition. CT or MRI scan is not needed to diagnose tension headaches.
Most common treatment option for tension headaches is a combination of over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, stress management techniques, breathing and relaxation routines. Non-medical approaches such as acupuncture and massage therapy are also known to have a good effect on tension headaches. In the case of chronic tension headache, or not get resolve with common treatment modality, it could be due to bad bite and TMJ issues (TMD).
If you like to get diagnosed for tension headaches, reach out to Deldar & Deldar today. Our specialized TMJ dentist Sleep Apnea consultant will work with you to diagnose and provide the best possible treatment for tension headaches.