Migraine or Headache?

Headaches are the most common condition inflicted upon all people on a regular basis. Headaches come in many different shapes and forms and can be caused by many environmental, physical and/or psychological factors. So how do migraines differ from regular headaches? How will you know if your headache is in actual fact, a migraine?

The answer can be fairly complicated, but let me try and give you a simple, accurate answer.

Most general headaches are characterized by dull or throbbing mild to moderate pain in the head, neck and shoulders. A general headache is usually caused by muscle tension, stress, dehydration, allergies or environmental factors such as loud noise, bright lights etc.

Other headaches include exertional headaches, brought on by excessive exercise or physical exertion, sexual headaches, cluster headaches and a host of other more serious headaches.

A migraine headache is somewhat unique and can be identified by a number of symptoms which, when occurring together can conclude a diagnosis of migraine headache. Migraine symptoms will include at least some of the following:

Any combination of these symptoms may be a result of the migraine condition but it is always best to talk to your doctor about your experience of the symptoms so that you might rule out any more serious conditions.

In addition, migraine episodes may last anywhere between 24 - 72 hours and can impair the patients ability to conduct usual duties.

Summary:

Headache Migraine
Mild - Moderate Pain Moderate - Severe Pain
Dull, throbbing Intense throbbing
Often felt on both sides Often felt on just one side
Usually no nausea Accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting
No visual disturbances Visual disturbances may occur
Usually no dizziness Dizziness
Normal complexion Palor
Usually no fatigue Fatigue
Normal apetite Lack of apetite
Normal reaction to light and sound Light/sound sensitivity

 

Disclaimer: None of the information on this site is to be constituted as personal or medical advice. If you are experiencing migraines you are strongly advised to see your doctor. Risks of The Migraine Solution: As with any form of treatment, there are associated risks with The Migraine Solution program. Some of the treatment methods described may cause mouth irritation/ulcers, anticoagulation of the blood and possible allergic reactions. Although these symptoms are relatively rare, it is a legal requirement that I advise of these possible risks.

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