Multiple factors can bring on a tension headache, including stress, inadequate sleep, and poor posture.

The main symptom is pain on both sides of the head that may be associated with muscle pain.

Treatments include pain relievers and other medications. Stress reduction, ice or heat on sore muscles, and good posture also may help.

A mild to moderate pain often described as feeling like a tight band around the head.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

Sources:  Mayo Clinic and others.

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Cases per year

More than 3 million US cases per year

Usually self-treatable

Usually self-diagnosable

Lab tests or imaging rarely required

Short-term: resolves within days to weeks

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