Have you ever experienced head pain that was so bad you wondered if you had a migraine? Maybe before that moment, you’d had your share of dull or bothersome aches, but nothing that weighed on you this much. Maybe this ache was more debilitating and took longer to treat. After all was said and done, you might have wondered where the line exists between a really bad headache and a migraine.
Here are some guidelines to help you figure out which one you’re experiencing:
Generally, typical headaches (even with varying degrees of intensity) can last anywhere between 30 minutes to several days. They can be caused by smells, stressful times, muscle strains, allergies and other factors. The pain will usually be felt in the front, sides or the back of the head.
While you may just have a “typical headache”, it’s possible for it to be classified in a more specific way, such as a sinus, cluster or tension headache. The pain can be intense enough where it can be easy to confuse them for migraine headaches.
Migraines are usually going to be accompanied by other symptoms, and the pain can sometimes be incapacitating. Migraine sufferers are known to not only experience pain, but also nausea/vomiting, vision complications, and sensitivity to sounds.
The pain associated with migraines is a throbbing/pulsing pain that’s going to emanate from one side of the head. The intensity can be great enough to where people are unable to do anything throughout the day, and they may have to visit an emergency room or doctor’s office.
Another migraine identifier is an aura, or the symptoms or feelings someone experiences before the pain begins. These sensations are precursors that migraine suffers get that tell them a migraine headache is coming. When they develop, the individual could feel tingling in the face or hands, vision impairments, or mental complications (difficulty concentrating or thinking). These are likely to occur minutes before the migraine headache actually hits.
However, sometimes the warning signs can come a day or so before it happens. In those cases, neck stiffness, consistent yawning, constipation, or depression can take place.
Both headaches can be treated with relaxation techniques and medication. However, those might serve as just temporary relief, and more advanced treatments might be necessary.
Whether you or someone you love suffer from migraines, one thing to keep in mind is: migraine pain is not normal. It is an identifiable, diagnosable physical illness, with treatment plans, medicines, and even workplace assurances.
The Migraine Treatment Centers of America specializes in the non-pharmaceutical treatment of chronic migraine pain. If you experience chronic migraine pain, give us a call at your earliest convenience: 855.980.7530