Headache can be caused due to a variety of reasons, and one of the most common types of headache disorders of the world is Tension Type Headache.
This headache is also known as Muscle Contraction Headache
Features of Tension Type Headache
It is a band like sensation over the head, as if someone has tied a band on the head and is pulling it. There is a feeling of pressure on the head.
Its also known as “Featureless headache” because usually it is not associated with nausea, vomiting, flashes of light, fear of sounds.
This type of headache usually occurs on both sides of the head.
The headache is associated with muscle tension, contraction of the muscles of the face and head muscles.
What can cause such type of Headache ?
- Prolonged working hours
- Lack of sleep
- Low pain tolerance as compared to other individuals
- People who perceive simple touch as pain
- Idiopathic, cause unknown
How to manage such type of headache ?
The management strategies are divided into Episodic Management, and Prophylaxis (that is to prevent future headaches, and try to treat the disorder from its roots)
– Pain killers, NSAIDS – such as Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Naproxen.
Combination of painkillers and muscle relaxants is also beneficial
Prophylactic Management (to prevent future attacks)
Amitryptyline is one of the most effective drugs for this.
Other drugs –
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
- Sodium Valproate
Please do not take mentioned drugs without consulting a doctor. The Neurology department at Jain Hospital has senior doctors who can treat different types of headaches. For appointments, please call 9015 111 222