Tension Headache Symptoms
Many of us call tension headaches, 'stress headaches' because they are commonly triggered by just that: stress. Tension headaches have varing levels of severity and a large majority of us live with the pain. Tension headaches are more common in women, and often times stem from tighten muscles in the neck and shoulders. In rare cases, approximately 3%, tension headaches become chronic and more painful with frequency. The pain in tension headaches is described as constant throbbing that can last for approximately 30 minutes. This pain can be focused on one part of the head or multiple areas.
Tension Headache Triggrers:
- Lack of quality sleep
- Stress/Anxiety & Depression
- Physical Exertion
Chronic Tension Headaches
If you're constantly experiencing headaches and think they might be tension headaches, then you probably have noticed that the pain develops near the end of the day and the headaches become more complex with time. When you feel it coming on, observe the time of day and the events that lead up to or trigger the headaches. Identifying the environmental triggers can help control these types of tension headache episodes. If you do experience these types of headaches and have more than 10 -15 per month then we recommend you contact a MiRx provider in your area.
Many people with tension headaches use over the counter-pain-relievers (OTC) and in some cases when consulting a physician can be prescribed muscle relaxants, or anti depressants. Keep in mind that both prescription and OTC medication are not going to cure your headaches, and will eventually loose their effectivness. In addition, these headache medications have other serious side effects and their use should be carefully monitored. MiRx Protocol and our licensed physicians do not recommend the prolonged use of prescription medication or OTC pain relievers.
The MiRx Protocol uses a FDA cleared technology to deliver local anasthetic medication to the Sphenopalatine Ganglion nerve cluster (SPG). Then we work to identify the triggers and focus on conditioning the body's response to tension and stress. By relaxing the nerves that control your tension headache, and managing the triggers that cause bring on these chronic episodes MiRx Protocol can provide long term relief. Contact a Mirx doctor in your area to see if you qualify for this effective headache treatment.
Statistics Provided By: EmoryPediatrics