Dr Lucio D’Anna is a Consultant Neurologist at the Department of Stroke & Neurosciences at Imperial College London NHS Trust. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London.
Tension headache usually occurs in isolated incidents but can become chronic for some people. Tension-type headache pain feels like a constant ache or pressure around the head, especially at the temples or back of the head and neck. Shoulder muscles may also hurt along with the headache. It is usually not as severe as migraines. The pain can last from 30 minutes to several days, or may be continuous. Possible triggers are stress, fatigue, poor posture, eye strain, tobacco and alcohol use.
At Dementech Neuroscience Clinic, we offer a comprehensive approach to headaches including multiaxial assessments of symptoms and investigation of other neuropsychiatric issues associated with headaches, blood and imaging assessments. We will use blood tests and imaging scans to precisely make the diagnosis and differentiate from other disorders.
Most people can feel much better by making lifestyle changes, learning ways to relax and taking pain relievers. However, some people with frequent migraines may take a daily tablet to act as a tension-type headache preventer.