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How can I tell if I have a migraine or just a bad tension-type headache?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management

In brief: Exercise

Migraine headaches can often be triggered by exercise, red wines, certain foods, stress and sleep disorders.
Tension type headaches tend to be more frequent and exercise often helps these. Consult your pcp for a comprehensive evaluation.

In brief: Exercise

Migraine headaches can often be triggered by exercise, red wines, certain foods, stress and sleep disorders.
Tension type headaches tend to be more frequent and exercise often helps these. Consult your pcp for a comprehensive evaluation.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine

In brief: None

A migraine is typically described as throbbing pain and may be associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura (a funny taste, smell or visual disturbance that lets you know you're going to have a migraine).
A tension headache is described as a vice like squeezing sensation around your head sometimes associated with stress or a lot of strain on your neck muscles.

In brief: None

A migraine is typically described as throbbing pain and may be associated with nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, or an aura (a funny taste, smell or visual disturbance that lets you know you're going to have a migraine).
A tension headache is described as a vice like squeezing sensation around your head sometimes associated with stress or a lot of strain on your neck muscles.
Dr. Laura Arbogast
Dr. Laura Arbogast
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