G44.2: Tension-type headache

You have headaches.

The headaches can last for several minutes or even days. One may then be very sensitive to light or noise. One may then have no appetite, too.

The precise cause of this type of headache is unknown. These types of headache can occur, for example, when one is under a lot of stress or unable to sleep well. Muscles may be tense, too. The headaches may occur more frequently when the person drinks alcohol or smokes.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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