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Tension Headache Symptoms

    If you suffer from chronic tension headache, you may recognize some of the following physical symptoms:

  • chronic neck and shoulder soreness

  • a persistent pounding in the back of your head,
    which often works its way over the top of your skull and
    around the sides

  • twitching eyes during really severe headaches

  • a continual soreness between your shoulder blades

  • aching jaw and pain in your back teeth

  • pain in your ears

  • decreased movement in your neck - you can't turn it left
    or right without pain and you can't put your ear to a shoulder
    without pain, or if you can your movement is limited

  • chronic fatigue; tiredness sets in before your workday is over

  • when your back, neck and shoulder muscles get REALLY
    tight, you experience numbness and a tingling down your
    arms and into your hands, which is often accompanied by a
    loss of grip strength
  • Unfortunately, your pain most likely goes beyond the physical.

    Emotional and mental symptoms of chronic tension headache

    Consider the following emotional and mental symptoms that plague chronic tension headache sufferers:

  • short-temperedness (EVERYTHING bothers you)

  • constant grouchiness (your friends and coworkers tell you you've changed)

  • low self-esteem and self-loathing

  • difficulty concentrating due to chronic pain

  • decreased work productivity and efficiency
  • The constant pain and emotional drain will even take a toll on your appearance. Take a look at yourself in the mirror:

  • are your eyes bloodshot?

  • are there bags under your eyes from lack of sleep?

  • is your head jutted forward and down to relieve the pain in

  • your neck?

  • are your shoulders slumped forward like the Hunchback of Notre Dame?

  • does your back curve inward?

  • does your stomach protrude?

  • are you frowning?
  • If you answered "yes" to a lot of these symptoms, chances are you suffer from chronic muscular tension headaches.

    The only way to know for sure is to get checked out by your doctor. If you haven't yet done so, that is the first thing you should do. That's because you want to rule out a more serious condition.

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