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Headaches are one of the common threads that tie humans together. Most people have had at least one. Overall, the types of headaches fall into two classifications: episodic and chronic.

Episodic headaches pop up when triggered, last for no more than 15 days and then go away. Chronic headaches are prolonged episodes that last more than 15 days for at least three consecutive months. They don’t leave people pain-free for long or at all, which affects quality of life over time. Read our guide on the on different types of headaches.

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1. Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common types of headache. They are characterized by a combination of symptoms including, but not limited to the following:

  • Muscles in shoulder and neck feel tender to the touch
  • Pain in the scalp
  • Tightening pressure band across the forehead, sides, or back of the head
  • According to MedLine, women are twice as likely to get tension headaches. They can occur once or twice a month and have many triggers, including fatigue, cold temperatures, alcohol or the common cold.

    • Read more about the 10 causes and treatments of a tension headache

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