Tension Headaches
Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Most headaches that people have are tension headaches. These headaches tend to happen again and again. In today’s 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Ed Hill discusses tension headaches and some things you can do to relieve the pain.

A tension headache is a dull, achy feeling on both sides of the head. Some people also experience a tight feeling in their head or neck muscles.

Tension headaches start slowly, usually in the middle of the day. Another name for this type of headache is “stress headache.” Tension headaches can be mild or very bad, sometimes worse than migraine headaches.

If you have tension headaches only once in a while, an over-the-counter medicine can probably help. If you have tension headaches almost every day or if over-the-counter medicines don’t help your pain, you should see a doctor.

Here are some things you can do to help your headaches:

• Put a heat pack or an ice pack on your head or neck

• Take a hot shower

• Get plenty of sleep

• Take time away from things that stress you.

• Get 30 minutes to an hour of exercise regularly four to six times a week.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Ed Hill.