Tension type headache is the most common headache disorder with 7 million Australians suffering with these headaches. The onset of these headaches can be at any age however they are more likely to have an onset in teenage years, spike in the fourth decade of life and decrease after that. It is not uncommon for people suffering with tension type headaches to suffer other forms of headache disorders including migraines and many people had a family member that was either suffering or had suffered with some form of chronic headaches. Approximately 50% of people reported that they had a daily headache that may last between 10-30 years. 

Tension type headaches can either be classified as episodic or chronic. 
Episodic - Having less than 15 headache days per month. 
Chronic - Having more than 15 headache days per month.

A tension type headache is classified as:

  • Ache, pressure, vice-like pain
  • Mild to moderate in intensity
  • Can last for hours to days in episodic cases
  • Can be constant in chronic cases
  • Mild sensitivity to light and/or noise may occur in chronic cases

Other associated features can include:

  • Neck pain/stiffness
  • Trouble concentrating or sleeping
  • Brain fog
  • Depression and/or anxiety

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