A tension headache is a particular kind of headache that feels like a band tightening around your head.
Doctors don’t understand exactly why tension headaches happen, but you may get them if you have:
Pain in other parts of your head and neck
Problems with sleep
Lots of stress
Problems with your jaw (such as temporomandibular joint disorder)
Eye strain—for example, from spending lots of time looking at a computer screen
Tension headaches are different from migraines. With a tension headache:
There are 2 types of tension headaches, based on how often they happen:
If you have episodic tension- headaches, your headache may:
If you have chronic tension headaches, your headache may:
Doctors may tell you to:
If you have chronic tension headaches, doctors may give you medicine. Sometimes medicines for migraines can help treat tension headaches too.
Generic NameSelect Brand Names
ibuprofenADVIL, MOTRIN IB
aspirinNo US brand name