Patient Comments: Tension Headache - Symptoms

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Comment from: Ruskin , 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 27

I am a pharmacist. Usually when I have suffered from headache or tension headache, then I usually feel low and my eyes have gone red. My whole head is affected by the headache. I sometimes also feel like vomiting. I usually use a pain-killer to get instant relief from headache pain. I use tramadol 100 mg pills according to doctor's advice.

Comment from: Milan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

With a tension headache I get pain above the eyebrows and my eyes feel heavy. The whole brain seems stressed in a band shape. It persists for 2 to 3 days.

Comment from: Barb, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I could not feel the rim of my coffee cup and that was the first sign of my transient ischemic attack.

Comment from: yv3tt3, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I have suffered from tension headaches for quite a few years now, it always starts when I wake up, my symptoms are very tight neck muscles and always pain on the right side of my neck and head. The headaches last for 2 to 3 days. I sought the help of a naturopath and was told to take magnesium citrate and omega 3s. I have not had a tension headache in almost 6 months.

Comment from: Jonathan W., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I slept on my arm wrong somehow and when my brother came to wake me I sat up too quickly and my shoulder just popped out and this has not happened for two years until yesterday and this happens when I sleep and it is unbearable to live with.

Comment from: Peter, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I've been poisoned by some unknown poison given to me in liquid form with wine. A few days later I lost consciousness for a while and from that moment on I can't sleep and the whole digestive system including the mouth and breathing have been affected. I am suffering from these symptoms almost 3 years.

Comment from: Md Ashaduzzaman, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I have been suffering with orchitis for about 21 years. My right testis is affected. I have pain in the testis and when I face this problem I feel weak. I have operation on the right testis but no improvement.

Comment from: davis mchotsa, Male (Patient) Published: January 29

I have had a headache for more than 3 months now.

Comment from: Zebiniso, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I have had headaches for one and a half year. The pain is mostly in my forehead and at the back of my head. And it lasts for about 10 to 15 hours a day. When the pain starts I cannot think clearly, even sometime can’t remember the things I used to. And this pain now is affecting my vision. I don"t know whether this is a tension headache. In my family nobody has headache problem.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I have anxiety that is slowly going away, but I still have tension headaches. It feels like I have a very tight cap over my head. I often feel tightness in my chest during these times too. I've seen a doctor about the chest tightness and he said that I'm perfectly healthy, just stressed.

Comment from: Britt, 13-18 Female Published: March 20

I feel nervous all the time, I get irritated easily, and sometimes even the smallest things will make me angry. I've noticed all of those things are what set my headaches off. I'll get headaches every day for 2 weeks and then I'll be fine for a while before it starts again. It's been like this for 3 months. I also have a knot on the back of my head that will have a dull ache along with my headache. The knot has been there for probably 4 years. I haven't been to a doctor to know, but obviously something isn't right. I do now have an appointment later this week.

Comment from: Yusha, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

I clench my teeth when I sleep, suffer from depression, anxiety and anger that I keep inside. My tension headaches are at the back of my head, sides too sometimes and I do have some sensitivity to light and sound. I usually try and stretch my mouth wide open and lay down in bed with the blinds closed and tv sound down or off. The pain is quite severe and usually keeps me in the house. I may get them every day for 2 weeks, sometimes more and sometimes less and sometimes I don't have them for a couple of months. I take prozac and xanax for my depression and anxiety.

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Comment from: Minouche, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

My headaches normally start from stress-related situations. After that, it will gradually start to elevate, my neck will stiffen, one side will start to hurt then switch to the other side, and sometimes -- depending on the amount of stress that I'm going through -- it will switch to the top of the head. By then I have to lie down and squeeze my head for relief. The best medication that helps me from the start of the headaches is Fioricet. If I let the pain get too far along, not even that medicine will help.

Comment from: Katie, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 24

My headaches usually start in the upper part of my neck and shoot through to my face, causing the back of my jaw to ache. The back of my eyes and nose have stabbing pains, and usually one or the other temple (or sometimes like today, both) to throb. I also, like today sometimes, get very nauseous. Usually, it's treated with muscle relaxants and vicodin, but sometimes even that does nothing.

Comment from: ruby, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 20

I have had tension headaches for 4 years and nothing seemed to work. After various pills and alternative remedies, just recently someone said to try magnesium. I have been on this for a week, what a difference!

Comment from: relief seeker, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 12

Hi All. My Mother had sinus surgery about a month and half ago. But she has had headaches almost 4 days of every week. Her symptoms include heaviness of the forehead towards the nose, dizzy sensation at the top of her head, sometimes she feels as though painless pins and needles are swilling one at a time in her head, pain/headache at the back of her head towards her neck.

Comment from: caranz, 35-44 (Patient) Published: May 28

For six months I had a “pressure” feeling across my forehead and the bridge of nose, along with an ongoing headache lingering in the background most of the time. It impacted my life daily – I just didn't feel right. Light made it worse. I felt better wearing my sunglasses. Through my GP, I went down the sinus track – saw an ENT specialist, had a sinus CT scan, etc. I also tried washes, antibiotics (for five weeks) – still, nothing. The lingering “pressure/fuzzy” feeling was still there. My doctor then prescribed nortriptyline, which stopped all of my symptoms. I was so relieved. But a month later, my headaches returned. My doctor advised that we hadn't broken the cycle, so I was put back on nortriptyline at an increased dosage of 50 g. I have a few months of this to go. It’s all good so far – I feel normal again.

Comment from: Bobi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

I have pain mostly on the top of my head, constant drowsiness, and balance issues.

Comment from: mar, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I have been suffering from these terrible headaches for years now. As I am writing these lines, I'm trying to keep myself from keeling over due to the pain. My pain is usually in the lower nape area and shoots up straight to the back of my eye, usually on the right side of my head. Stabbing pains in the temple area and top of head also occur. Nausea and queeziness often follow.

Comment from: lovely, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had trouble walking, dizziness, irritated by noises and just wanted to be alone in the dark.

Comment from: stacey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

Mine usually starts with stiffness and muscles tightening in the back of my neck, then the whole back of my head and behind my ears. It usually bothers my concentration. Stress does not make it any better!

Comment from: Anela, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

Sharp pain in the back of my neck, like a knife. Cannot sleep because of the pain. Tenderness on my neck and tightness. Sometimes it hurts to open my mouth, move my neck, turn it. It has been 2 weeks and this tension headache hasn't stopped.

Comment from: mono13, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I have recently been getting strong tension in the back/nape of my neck, spreading up the back of my head and through my shoulders. When I push on the back of my neck, it will crack, which causes brief relief. But my headaches also include blurred vision and/or lack of balance. If I don't sit or lay my head back for a while, I may get an anxiety attack and start shaking. Rest is the best way to get rid of it for me.

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Comment from: Moderate1, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

My tension headaches give me pain behind my eyes, sensitivity to light and sound and pain all over my head. It’s usually due to me clenching my teeth.

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

With my tension headache, I experience tightness and throbbing in the back of my neck, and severe throbbing in the top of my head and forehead. It intensifies upon standing.