Unlocking Relief: A Comprehensive Guide to Mixed Tension Migraine Causes, Symptoms, and Effective Management Strategies

Dr. Brett Berner
5 min readFeb 20, 2024

Let’s define mixed tension migraine.

Scientists think there’s a spectrum of headaches, ranging from tension headaches on one end to migraines on the other. A mixed tension migraine is a headache that shows features of both tension and migraine headaches, and it happens more often in women than men.

Migraines are likely caused by substances that cause inflammation around blood vessels and nerves in the brain. Many people around the world regularly suffer from migraine headaches.

Tension headaches, on the other hand, result from muscle tension and are the most common type of headache, according to the World Health Organization.

Mixed tension migraines fall in the middle of the headache spectrum since they display symptoms of both migraine and tension headaches. Scientists believe that the migraine comes first, causing tension that then triggers a tension headache.

Fortunately, most people can manage this type of headache by medication and avoiding things that usually trigger headaches.

How do I know that I have mixed tension migraine?

Mixed tension migraines are headaches that have a mix of symptoms from tension headaches and migraines. These symptoms can differ from person to person, meaning you might experience more migraine-like symptoms or more tension headache-like symptoms.

The pain from a mixed tension migraine can range from a dull ache to a throbbing sensation, and it can be mild to severe. These migraines typically last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours.

Signs of a mixed tension migraine include:

  • Head pain on one or both sides that may worsen with activity
  • Feeling nauseous or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or both
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs

Diagnosing a mixed

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Dr. Brett Berner

Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Lutz, FL. Schedule a complimentary consultation: text CONSULT to 813-578-5889 or www.foundationschedule.com