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Are frequent and intense migraines reason to worry that I might have head or neck cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: If you have been

Diagnosed as a migrain or cluster h/a sufferer, you have a doctor that knows the difference.
H&n cancers may produce h/a, but usually causes masses, phonation, or swallowing problems. Pain can often be referred to the ear, but i've never seen or heard of a migrain or cluster confusing h&n cancer.

In brief: If you have been

Diagnosed as a migrain or cluster h/a sufferer, you have a doctor that knows the difference.
H&n cancers may produce h/a, but usually causes masses, phonation, or swallowing problems. Pain can often be referred to the ear, but i've never seen or heard of a migrain or cluster confusing h&n cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Justin Fuehrer
Emergency Medicine

In brief: It depends

Have you officially been diagnosed with migraine headaches? Has the frequency or severity changed and gotten worse lately? Do the headaches wake you from sleep and are unrelieved by pain meds? It is difficult to say without knowing more about your situation.
This is why it is vital to get a diagnosis from a physician, to make certain it is not something else.

In brief: It depends

Have you officially been diagnosed with migraine headaches? Has the frequency or severity changed and gotten worse lately? Do the headaches wake you from sleep and are unrelieved by pain meds? It is difficult to say without knowing more about your situation.
This is why it is vital to get a diagnosis from a physician, to make certain it is not something else.
Justin Fuehrer
Justin Fuehrer
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