The pain of external compression headaches is often described as moderate, constant pressure. It hurts most in the area where the object is pressing on your head.
As long as the headwear is in place, the pain may get progressively worse.
When to see a doctor
It's usually not necessary to see a doctor for a compression headache because it goes away when you remove whatever object is causing the pressure on your head.
Seek medical attention only if your headache continues after you've removed the object.
March 20, 2015
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