Symptoms of a pressure headache are a continuous, dull headache with pain felt on the temples and a sense of pressure or tightness around or across the forehead, reports WebMD. Also, there is pain and tenderness on the back of the head, neck and shoulder muscles, states Mayo Clinic.
The pain in a pressure headache affects the entire head, but begins over the eyebrows or at the back of the head. The pain is felt all around the head like a band, or the muscles in the shoulder and neck feel stressed. The forehead feels as if it is in the grip of a vise. The pain in the head is constant, with no throbbing or pulsation. There is no nausea, vomiting, weakness or numbness of the limbs, blind spots, or flashing lights, explains MedicineNet.
Physical activity does not aggravate pressure headaches, reports Mayo Clinic. However, in some cases, the pain is sensitive to sound and light, which can worsen the headache. Pressure headaches increase gradually, but even when intense do not hinder performance of routine activities, states MedicineNet.
Pressure headaches can persist anywhere between 30 minutes and seven days and usually last for only for a short while. In chronic cases, they may occur for over 15 days every month, says WebMD.