Tension Headache Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 21, 2017
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

How is tension headache defined and categorized?

What is the pathophysiology of tension headaches?

What causes tension headaches?

What is the prevalence of tension headaches?

What is the prognosis of tension headaches?

What are the possible complications of tension headaches?

Presentation

What are the International Headache Society (HIS) diagnostic criteria for tension headaches?

What are the signs and symptoms of tension headache?

What should be included in the physical exam for tension headaches?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses for tension headaches?

What are the differential diagnoses for Tension Headache?

Workup

Which tests should be included in the workup of tension headaches?

Treatment

What are the medical care options for tension headaches?

What is non-pharmacological treatment options for tension headaches?

Medications

Which medications are used in the treatment of tension headaches?

Which medications in the drug class Ergot alkaloids and derivatives are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesic/antiemetic or sedatives are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Which medications in the drug class Barbiturates are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Which medications in the drug class Acetylsalicylic acids are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?

Which medications in the drug class Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used in the treatment of Tension Headache?