How common are tension type headaches

How common are tension type headaches and what are the clinical features

The 1-year prevalence of the episodic type is 38% and chronic (15 or more days per month for 3 or more months) is 2%.

Most have headaches less than 1 day per month. 

The typical headache is a bilateral mild to moderate intensity, nonthrobbing headache described as dull, pressure, a tight cap, band, or a heavy pressure without associated symptoms.

The headache is unilateral in 10% and occasionally pulsating.

Stress is a common trigger.


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