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A patient with continuous, all-day, every-day headaches with a history of such headaches lasting for a matter of years is likely to have a tension headache.

If the history is only a matter of months then other possible causes need to be considered:

  • temporal arteritis in the elderly
  • cerebral tumour - suspicious features are increasing severity, associated symptoms implying neurological dysfunction, or a change in headache in circumstances that raise intracranial pressure - straining, bending over, lying down. Note that other less sinister causes of headache may be aggravated by head jolt, a cough, or sneeze, etc.
  • depression may be associated with continuous headaches.

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