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Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp 449–453 | Cite as

Estrogen and tension-type headache

  • Dawn A. Marcus
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Abstract

The vast majority of people experience tension-type headache during their lifetimes. Boys experience tension-type headache slightly more than girls during preadolescent years. During adolescence and adult years, tension-type headache occurs more commonly in females. Tension-type headache changes in women occur in relation to gynecologic changes, including menses, pregnancy, and menopause. These changes are related to estrogen fluctuations. Estrogen fluctuations cause changes in neurochemicals important for pain signal transmission, including serotonin, gammaaminobutyric acid, and enkephalins.

Keywords

Estrogen Migraine Sumatriptan Chronic Daily Headache Chronic Headache 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dawn A. Marcus
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  1. 1.Pain Evaluation and Treatment InstitutePittsburghUSA

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