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How could you tell a migraine from a headache?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
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In brief: Cannot

Formerly there were specific criteria and symptoms by which migraine headaches were defined and diagnosed.
In recent months the collegial body of neurologists decided that any "severe" headache qualified as "migraine". This flip flop indicates that the etiology (cause) continues to be mysterious, and beset with theory and speculation.

In brief: Cannot

Formerly there were specific criteria and symptoms by which migraine headaches were defined and diagnosed.
In recent months the collegial body of neurologists decided that any "severe" headache qualified as "migraine". This flip flop indicates that the etiology (cause) continues to be mysterious, and beset with theory and speculation.
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: Sick symptoms

Migraine is a full body reaction.
Pain is often one sided and associated with nausea and dizziness. You can get pale, sweaty, tremulous and confused. Light is irritating and sound can be annoying. The pain is usually pounding but may involve squeezing and cramping of neck and shoulders. Relief best with medication and sleep.

In brief: Sick symptoms

Migraine is a full body reaction.
Pain is often one sided and associated with nausea and dizziness. You can get pale, sweaty, tremulous and confused. Light is irritating and sound can be annoying. The pain is usually pounding but may involve squeezing and cramping of neck and shoulders. Relief best with medication and sleep.
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In brief: There are criteria

Since it seems that there is a trend to re-classify all sorts of headaches, let's return to basics.
Migraine is a hereditary condition resulting from hypersensitive response of brain glutamate to external or internal triggers, and causes typically a unilateral throbbing headache, associated with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. Hope that helps.

In brief: There are criteria

Since it seems that there is a trend to re-classify all sorts of headaches, let's return to basics.
Migraine is a hereditary condition resulting from hypersensitive response of brain glutamate to external or internal triggers, and causes typically a unilateral throbbing headache, associated with nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and noise. Hope that helps.
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