Diagnostic criteria for tension-type headache, as in migraine, is a composition of symptoms and associated features, although throbbing type headache is part of the migraine criteria, it could appear in tension headaches.
At least 10 episodes of headache occurring on <1 day per month on average (<12 days per year) and fulfilling criteria B-D
Lasting from 30 minutes to 7 days
At least two of the following four characteristics:
pressing or tightening (non-pulsating) quality
mild or moderate intensity
not aggravated by routine physical activity such as walking or climbing stairs
- Both of the following:
no nausea or vomiting
no more than one of photophobia or phonophobia
- Not better accounted for by another ICHD-3 diagnosis.
Therefore, having throbbing type headaches is not exclusion criteria for having tension-type headache