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Both episodic tension-type headache and chronic daily headache affect quality of life. Tension-type headache episodes are rarely disabling, however, and rarely require emergency treatment. If they do, usually there is a migraine component occurring with the tension-type headache.
Nevertheless, although they are not medically dangerous and occur relatively rarely, chronic tension headaches have a negative impact on quality of life, families, and work productivity. Several studies have reported lower quality of life with any chronic daily headache compared to those no headaches or only episodic ones. Many people with chronic tension-type headaches also suffer from anxiety and depression.
Tension-type headaches can, in most cases, be treated and prevented. Episodes of these headaches can also resolve over time. In one study, nearly half of patients with frequent or chronic tension-type headache were not experiencing headaches when examined 3 years later. Patients who have both tension-type and migraine headaches may face steeper challenges in recovery.
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