Can stress and tension cause burning and pain on top of head. I have had headaches before, butter never this sensation so was wondering if that could be the cause since blood work and CT scan came back normal?
There is a condition called tension headache, which is commonly seen in most of the adults, more common in females. These are called stress headaches, muscle contraction headaches, daily headaches, or chronic non-progressive headaches.
This type of headache is not an inherited and there is no single cause for it. Tension headaches are usually triggered by some type of environmental or internal stress. The most common sources of stress include family, social relationships, friends, work and school. Episodic tension headaches are usually triggered by an isolated stress or a build-up of stress. A tension headache may occur on an episodic basis (less than 15 days per month) or on a chronic basis (daily or more than 15 days per month).
In mild to moderate tension headaches, there is a constant, band-like pain or pressure that lasts from 30 minutes to all day. Tension headaches usually begin gradually and often occur in the middle of the day. The pain extends down to your neck and shoulders with a dragging feeling. Unlike migraines they are not usually unilateral, throbbing or associated with light and sound sensitivity or nausea and vomiting.
Other features of tension headaches may include headache upon awakening, general muscle aches, difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, chronic fatigue, irritability, disturbed concentration, mild sensitivity to light or noise, and occasional dizziness.
Treatment for this type of headache usually includes over the counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. You should consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and management. Sometimes antidepressants may be needed. Stress management strategies, such as exercise, relaxation, and biofeedback may also help to reduce or prevent tension headaches.
Just reading your feedback on Tension Type Headache. I have been suffering on and off for best part of 3 weeks with this type of headache, nothing relieve the syptoms. They are not severe headaches quite mild. I have visited the GP several times and she had confirmed several times that tension headaches is all that they can be. I did have a brain scan 18 mths ago that was all clear. I feel myself wanting to go for another, GP has said she would be very reluctant to send me for YET another brain scan.... I can't seem to get any relief from the headaches. I think I could cope if I coudl just believe that they are caused by my health anxiety that I have had for several years now.
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