Chronic tension headaches affect 2-3% of the population

No one should have to live with chronic, daily headaches. Yet chronic daily headache of the ‘tension type’ affects up to 3% of the population.  While not as debilitating as chronic daily migraine, these headaches nonetheless have a significant, even severe impact on the individual’s life, and affect family, friends and co-workers as well.

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2009 Dec;13(6):479-83.

Chronic tension-type headache

Summary of the abstract

Tension-type headache is the most common headache type worldwide. Chronic tension-type headache (CTTH) affects 2% to 3% of patients, yet it represents the least talked about subtype of chronic daily headache. There is much debate in the headache community on whether CTTH exists as its own entity or is a milder form of chronic migraine (CM), because there are similarities and differences between the two headache forms.


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