When there is pressure or pain in your head, it can be difficult to tell whether you are experiencing a typical headache or a migraine. Differentiating a migraine headache from a traditional headache, and vice versa, is important. It can mean faster relief through better treatments. It can also help prevent future headaches from occurring in the first place. So, how can you tell the difference between a common headache and a migraine?
A migraine headache usually begins with a visual disturbance called an aura (spots, dots or even zig zag lines).
In most cases of migraine, there is no aura.
There is a cure for migraine headaches.
Migraine headaches can be treated with medication, but there is no cure.
Who suffers more frequently from migraine headaches?
Migraines are more common in women; women make up about 75% of those who suffer from migraines. They are most common in women between 20 and 45 years of age, a time of life when women typically have many job and family responsibilities. Women tend to have longer and more painful migraines, making it difficult for many to fulfill their work and family responsibilities when a migraine occurs.
Sinus headaches are usually caused by?
Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that is caused by a respiratory infection (such as cold or flu) or allergies. Inflammation within the sinuses can lead to blockage of the normal drainage pathways of the sinuses. Sinustitis and congestion of the sinuses can cause sinus headache. When drainage is blocked, the sinuses become an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, so infections are common.
All migraines involve only one side of the head.
Atypical migraines sometimes involve the whole head instead of only one side.
The trigeminal nerve is most closely associated with which type of headache?
Trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain) and cluster headaches are two causes of severe head pain. Cluster headaches are usually severe, with pain localized behind the eye. Alcohol may be a trigger for these headaches, and medications taken after the headache begins typically are not effective. Medications can be effective when taken as a preventive measure.
Which is not a symptom of migraine headaches?
Fever is not a symptom of migraine.
Migraine can cause other symptoms other than head pain. Sensitivity to light, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to sound, seeing flashing lights, or temporary vision loss are all possible symptoms of migraine. Any part of the head can be involved, although many people feel pain in the temples or behind an eye or ear on one side of the face. Perceptual disturbances known as auras occur in some people with migraines.
Migraines sometimes run in families.
Although many sufferers have a family history of migraine, the exact hereditary nature of this condition is still unknown. People who get migraines are thought to have an inherited abnormality in the regulation of blood vessels.