Wonder what is a stress headache? A stress headache or tension headache is the most common headache that most people experience. Chances are that you will have one, at least once in your life.
If you get tension headaches, you have lots of company. More women than men get tension headaches. About 69% of men and 88% of women have had a stress headache at some time.
And while tension headaches can start at any age, they usually start during the teen years. Most headache sufferers are between 20 and 50 years old.
There are two types of stress headache, depending on how often the headaches occur. If you have stress headaches less than 15 days a month, you have episodic headaches.
On the other hand, if you have headaches more than 15 days per month, you have chronic tension headaches.
How Does a Stress Headache Develop?
You awaken in the morning and realize that the alarm must have gone off while you were sleeping. You didn’t hear it, so you are rising 15 minutes later than usual. A little disconcerting, but, if you speed things up a bit, you’ll still be O.K.
You quickly shower, dress, grab a bagel and start out the door. It snowed last night, and it’s a surprise to you. You will have to clear the drive before you can get your car to the road. Another 30 minutes lost. You’re starting to feel some stiffness and tension in the back of your head and your upper neck.
Today is the day that you will be presenting your report to the executive group in the company. You’ve been working on this for months, and, depending on their reaction, it could be a real boost for your career. The presentation is scheduled for 10:00. This is not a group that you keep waiting.
You are well prepared for the presentation, but you intended to stop at Staples on your way to work to get some copies of your report to distribute. That will set you back another 15 minutes. The stiffness in your back and neck is getting stronger, and now, it feels like a tight rubber band is around the top of your head.
You are in the car and your wife calls to tell you that she will be late getting home this evening. You will have to pick up the kids after school and make dinner. You snap back at your wife, because you are starting to feel irritable.
Now your head hurts, really hurts, on both sides. This is going to be a killer headache! As the day goes on, your headache just keeps getting worse. The pain is constant, but it does not throb.
As 10:00 approaches, your confidence wanes. You are starting to feel that it is difficult to concentrate, and you are afraid that you will not do well when you give your presentation…
You have a full blown tension headache, and the day has just begun.
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Common Symptoms of Stress Headaches
Here are some of the most common symptoms of tension headaches:
- Bilateral pain in your head – Stress headaches usually hurt on both sides. They can feel like a rubber band around the top of your head or the sides of your head can hurt.
- Mild to moderate pain – A tension headache is certainly uncomfortable, but it does not have the severe pain that a migraine headache does. A tension headache is not severe enough to send you to bed, unable to perform normal daily activities.
- Trouble falling asleep – Stress headaches can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep, causing you to be tired the next day—and more prone to getting another tension headache!
- Irritability – When you have one of these headaches, you can be short or impatient with others.
- Sensitivity to noise and light – not as severe as the sensitivity of migraine sufferers, nonetheless you can be somewhat sensitive to light and noise.
- Muscle aches and pains – Somehow these headaches make you more achy and sore.
- Concentration – While you can still perform daily activities, the pain is distracting, making concentration more difficult.
- Constant Headache – the pain is constant and does not throb.
- Aching pain or tightness – at your temples or the back of your head and neck.
If you exhibit several of these tension headache symptoms, you may very well have stress headaches. While they are not a life threatening condition, they can certainly be a nuisance and extended stress can lead to real serious medical conditions.
And you can actually learn to control and prevent stress headaches by using hypnosis or good stress management techniques and relaxation techniques. A tension type headache does not have to control you!