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How Tension-Type Headache Presents

  • Lars Bendtsen
  • Rigmor Jensen
  • Elizabeth W. Loder
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Abstract

The substantial societal and individual burdens associated with tension-type headache (TTH) constitute a major public health issue that has previously been overlooked. Tension-type headache is extremely prevalent, affecting up to 78% of the general population; roughly 3% suffer from chronic tension-type headache. Tension-type headache is the most featureless of headaches. An accurate diagnosis, in which the individual headache episode is distinguished from migraine and from a secondary headache, especially medication overuse headache, is essential. The use of a diagnostic headache diary is helpful for treatment planning. Possible triggers and comorbidity with other disorders, in particular depression, should also be assessed before treatment is initiated.

Keywords

International Headache Society Medication Overuse Migraine Without Aura Secondary Headache Medication Overuse Headache 
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© Lifting The Burden 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Bendtsen
    • 1
  • Rigmor Jensen
    • 1
  • Elizabeth W. Loder
    • 2
  1. 1.Danish Headache Centre and Department of NeurologyGlostrup Hospital, University of CopenhagenGlostrupDenmark
  2. 2.Division of Headache and Pain, Department of NeurologyBrigham and Women’s/Faulkner HospitalsBostonUSA

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