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What's the difference between a migrane and a headache?

What's the difference between a migrane and a headache?

A type of headache: Migraine is a type of headache, is usually throbbing, unilateral, associated with photophobia, phonophobia, vomiting, diarrhea, sensory symptoms and occasionally motor and visual symptoms. Migraines are more common in women than men, and can have food or liquid triggers. Many people call severe headaches migraine even if they have none of the characteristics of migraine. Both types are treatable. ...Read more

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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 the difference between a bad headache or a migrane?

How can I tell the difference between a bad headache or a migrane?

MIGRAINE HEADACHE: Migraine headache is chronic, episodic, severe, unilateral, throbbing with aura.Dx are normal neurologic findings. Bad headaches are associated with neurologic findings and diseases like cva, aneurysms, hpn, etc. ...Read more

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I have migrane headache what should I do?

I have migrane headache what should I do?

See below: Try to stay in a nice quiet dark room, try to relax. If needed, yoi can take anti- inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen or even acetaminophen. As an analgesic. If you have recurrent headaches, pls see your doctor. Know your triggers, that will help you hopefully avoid further attacks. ...Read more

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Had my first migrane headache . I'm 43 . Female . ?

Had my first migrane headache .  I'm 43 . Female . ?

Recommend exam: Though a bit unusual to START having migraine headaches at age 43- as the saying goes, "it's never too late." A good neurologist or headache specialist will get a detailed history on you in terms of headaches & other problems to try to & discover the root cause before starting treatment which if not careful can lead to even more headaches. I would start tracking your headaches on a log & get seen. ...Read more

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How can one stop migrane headache?

How can one stop migrane headache?

Prophylactic approac: Stopping acute migraine can be treated with Triptan family of Ned's, such as imitrex (sumatriptan) or the combination of raglan and ibuprofen.prevention medications include tricyclics antidepressants (amitriptyline), beta blockers (propranolol), anti seizure meds (topamax, depakote) and antihistamines (cyproheptadine), ...Read more

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How does one treat a migrane headache?

How does one treat a migrane headache?

Rest and relief.: Migraine is the way the body protects itself. The body tells you to stop and rest or you will wish you did. First is to recognize the early signs of migraine. Next is to take medication to abort the process. Next is total rest in the dark and quiet. Usually recovery can occur within one to two hours. ...Read more

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I had a light headache on sun, then a migrane on mon, really bad actually, until tues 2am....should I be concerned?

I had a light headache on sun, then a migrane on mon, really bad actually, until tues 2am....should I be concerned?

Depends: on whether Headaches are typical for you. If this is a new presentation of your headaches, it warrants a doctor visit. Also depends on whether or not your headaches have been evaluated in the past. Your medical history also enters into the decision and that is best determined by your doctor. ...Read more

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I am having a regular headache minimus trice a week from the age of 18 now I am 28 and it still contnue. Is it a migrane or it other diesease?

Migraine: Ten years history of headaches, likely migraines or episodic tension type headaches. Migraine can be triggered by certain food and food additives, poor sleep, stress and hormone imbalances. The frequent use of analgesic medications for pain can also lead to rebound headaches. Check with your md for adequate diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How do I prevent a migrane headache?

How do I prevent a migrane headache?

Identify triggers: There are certain foods and aspects of lifestyle that can trigger or worsen headaches and migraines. The best way to identify triggers is to maintain a headache diary and keep a list of foods eaten before your migraine. Common triggers include chocolate, caffeine, cheese, msg, processed meats, alcohol, smoking/being around smoke, stress, skipping meals, lack of sleep or too much sleep. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a migrane headache cause a stroke?

Is it possible for a migrane headache cause a stroke?

Yes: Certain forms of migraine can be associated with sufficient inflammation of arterial vessel walls that limit flood flow and cause a stroke. The most common is basilar artery migraine. Women with migraine headaches who take birth control pills are at higher risk than those who do not take BCPs. ...Read more

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Could bleach fumes cause or bring on a migrane headache?

Could bleach fumes cause or bring on a migrane headache?

Yes, absolutely: Migraine headaches are often triggered by strong sensory stimulants, such as bright lights, flashing lights, loud noises, or strong smells. If you have migraines, it is important to learn what triggers your migraines. For more information see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ ...Read more

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I woke up because of a headache.The pain was terrible. It was extremely painfull with I walked (even a step) and when I layed down. Bad Migrane?

I woke up because of a headache.The pain was terrible. It was extremely painfull with I walked (even a step) and when I layed down. Bad Migrane?

Probably: Migraines are exacerbated by movement and often occur early in the morning hours. Is this your first bad headache? Do you have a history of migraines? If the headache does not improve or if you further concerning symptoms such as vision changes, vomiting, weakness, or numbness, please seek an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can taking Imatrex for my migrane headache every day dangerous?

Can taking Imatrex for my migrane headache every day dangerous?

Medication overuse: Sounds like you're having daily migraines for which you're using Imitrex (sumatriptan) daily. Overusing Imitrex (sumatriptan) can cause a vicious cycle of rebound headaches. If you have risk factors for heart attack or stroke, triptans may not be advisable for you. Please consult me if you would like to discuss further. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to walk/go to the gym with a migrane headache?

Is it a bad idea to walk/go to the gym with a migrane headache?

Yes!: Migraine is the way your body is trying to protect itself. Your body is telling you to chill out, relax, or suffer the consequence. Do not try to ignore it or you will suffer greatly. First, stop and relax and rest, perhaps with good abortive medication, then you can resume usual activities. ...Read more

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I've had a headache that has become worse through the day and now feels like its turning into a migrane. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?

I've had a headache that has become worse through the day and now feels like its turning into a migrane. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?

Maybe: Headaches that you go to bed with and awaken with and worsen during day may indicate cervicogenic headaches from the neck, stress , or muscle contraction headache. Migraines are less likely with out history but one headache can lead to another. Suggest as with any headache you need to be evaluated to determine the cause so propper treatment can be done. Don't let it continue. ...Read more

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I've had migrane for nearly 3 days,sickness,headache,crook in my back of my neck feels bruised,checked bp138/90 usual BP 120/70.how long can it last?

I've had migrane for nearly 3 days,sickness,headache,crook in my back of my neck feels bruised,checked bp138/90 usual BP 120/70.how long can it last?

See doctor: Migraine headaches typically last 4 to 72 hours. If it lasts weeks, it is probably a pain medication caused headache or recurring tension headaches. Cluster headaches are more frequent in men. Might be time to see your doctor for help. There are medications to stop a migraine such as sumatriptan, migranal, cafergot (ergotamine and caffeine)... ...Read more

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I am 22 years old and I have a chronic headache since i was 10 and now diagnosed to have migrane what is the best prophylactic treatment?

I am 22 years old and I have a chronic headache since i was 10 and now diagnosed to have migrane what is the best prophylactic treatment?

Depends: There are many prophylactic treatments, and they should be decided with your doctor based on your personal preferences and other conditions you may have. Generally, options include antihypertensive, anti-seizure and anti-depressants, but the drugs in these categories do not work by treating blood pressure, depression or seizures but by a different mechanism. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my headache is a severe migrane or cerebral hemorrhage?

How can I tell if my headache is a severe migrane or cerebral hemorrhage?

Early evaluation: If you have not been diagnosed with migraine and/or you are experiencing the worst headache of your life, go to the emergency department where a ct scan will be done to rule out a cerebral hemorrhage. ...Read more

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