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Written by Ubie's Medical Expert Team

Updated on November 19, 2021

What is this disease?

A type of headache with band-like, pressing sensation at the forehead and sides. The causes include physical stress e.g. long periods of desk work and driving, or mental stress.

What symptoms are mainly related?

  • Pain over the temples

  • Neck pain or stiffness

  • Squeezing, heavy, chest pain

  • Pain in the whole head and neck

  • Headache that affects both sides

  • Shoulder stiffness

  • Pain over the back of my head

  • Headache improved with warmth

What treatment is needed?

Treatment is with lifestyle changes and medications. Getting more sleep, improving your posture, and reducing work load may help with relieving symptoms. Medications such as painkillers and muscle relaxants can help too. Nevertheless, patients should be aware than overusing these medicines can cause a different type of headache (medication overuse headache).

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