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Headache vs migraine, what is the difference?

Headache vs migraine, what is the difference?

Big difference: Although recurrent headaches are the mainstay of migraine, a migraine is not just simply a headache. Rather, it should be viewed as an attack that is accompanied by various neurological and non-neurological features as well as headache.A migrainous attack can be divided into four separate phases: the prodrome, the aura, the headache itself and the postdrome.("washed-out" feeling.. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more


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How can I tell am having a normal headache or migraine?

How can I tell am having a normal headache or migraine?

Characteristics: If you have headaches, many of them are likely to be migraines, statistically. The common migraine headache presents with unilateral throbbing pain, nausea with maybe vomiting, possible diarrhea, both light and noise sensitivity, and will last at least 4 hrs. The sympoms may well be immobilizing. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between headache and migraine ?

I want to know what is the difference between headache and migraine ?

Migraine is headache: Headache is a general term for pain in the head. There are many causes of headache. Also, there are many types of headaches, one of which is migraine , a common type of headache syndrome with distinct features of a typical duration, characteristic and associated symptoms relieved with certain medication types. There is usually a known family history for migraine. ...Read more

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What causes headaches and what kind of headache is migraine?

Many Causes: Headaches can come from a variety of conditions. Migraines are usually associated with four stages — prodrome, aura, attack and postdrome though they don't have to have any or all of these. They classically have visual disturbances like shimmering images. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

What are the symptoms of a tension headache vs migraine?

Tension headache: Is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. ...Read more

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Persistent headache/severe migraine for a week, BP usually 100/60 and is now 100/80.

Persistent headache/severe migraine for a week, BP usually 100/60 and is now 100/80.

Headache: A new or different headache or persistent warrants being evaluated by a doctor. Your blood pressure is just reacting to the pain likely. Do you usually get headaches? Talk with your MD. Migraines usually go away within a few days but stress headaches can last quite long. ...Read more

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I get chronic headaches and I get a headache like migraine every time I finish working out what do I do ?

I get chronic headaches and I get a headache like migraine every time I finish working out what do I do ?

See doctor soon: Some type of headaches give the inclination the patient needs brain imaging. See the picture for other findings that suggest imaging. An eye exam can also help eliminate some diagnoses. ...Read more

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Is headache or migraine a symptom of chronic pancreatitis? i know the other symptoms. is there relation between the two?

Is headache or migraine a symptom of chronic pancreatitis? i know the other symptoms. is there relation between the two?

Not in my experience: I have not encountered that or heard of that correlation before. Typically it's more gastrointestinal related symptoms like fatty stools, epigastric stomach pain that can radiate to the back, nausea, vomiting-all worse after eating- and late in the course you can develop diabetes. Sometimes patients will report general body aches, chills, fever, fatigue with attacks. ...Read more

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Is there a type of headache or migraine that feels like something moving or crawling around in your head?

Is there a type of headache or migraine that feels like something moving or crawling around in your head?

No: Headache associated with crawling sensation around your head is not typical of migraine or tension headache. It could just be psychological or real sensation that's triggered once you experience headache. I saw a patient with similar symptoms and his headache is from severe concussion. His head ct was normal. This patient gets nervous whenever he gets headache with tingling sensation in his face. ...Read more

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Are headaches and migraine related to ehlers-danlos syndrome?

Are headaches and migraine related to ehlers-danlos syndrome?

See Neurologist: I don't know of a association in general but in vascular eds. There is a tendency for blood vessels to burst. You need to see your doctor to see if you might have this involvement from eds. Anyone with eds can garden variety migraines but you need to get the headaches checked out. ...Read more

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What causes migraine, how can I avoid it, what differenciates sinus headache from migraine?

What causes migraine, how can I avoid it, what differenciates sinus headache from migraine?

Headache: There are many proposed theories on the causes of migraines from blood vessel constriction to cortical spreading depression. Some try avoiding triggers, but there is not good evidence for this. Sinus headache originates from sinus inflammation and swelling, not from within the brain as in migraine. Symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and visual changes or aura can help differentiate the two. ...Read more

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I started to feel dizzy and nauseous and at times i see like a silver flash my dizziness comes with a headache almost migraine like could you help?

I started to feel dizzy and nauseous and at times i see like a silver flash my dizziness comes with a headache almost migraine like could you help?

Migraine?: A migraine itself can cause dizziness and nausea, especially with visual symptoms. Can your dizziness be caused by a migraine? If it occurs often, medications that prevent migraines can also prevent this dizziness if it is the cause. ...Read more

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I started to feel dizzy and nauseous and at times i see like a silver flash my dizziness comes with a headache almost migraine like could you help ?

I started to feel dizzy and nauseous and at times i see like a silver flash my dizziness comes with a headache almost migraine like could you help ?

See your doctor: No one can diagnose you and offer you the medications or treatment without examining you. This could be a simple migraine variant, but other medical conditions and your medical history must be considered. If it is migraine- people with migraine respond to different medications, so consulting with your doc about risks/benefits given your other medical history is needed. Hopefully it will be easy. ...Read more

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Is it possible to provoke a cluster headache or migraine in a clinical setting to get an accurate dx in a patient? a desperate patient. and treat it

Is it possible to provoke a cluster headache or migraine in a clinical setting to get an accurate dx in a patient?  a desperate patient. and treat it

Headache: Headache, particularly cluster and migraine, can be difficult to treat. It would also be difficult to provoke a headache due to the (sometimes) unpredictable nature of this illness. What may be more helpful is a headache journal, where you can log what triggers (if any) are causing your headache and then review that with your doctor. Best of health to you! ...Read more