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The Difference Between A Migraine & A Headache

Headaches are the worst. There are few things more challenging to overcome than blinding pain behind your eye or in the back of your head. This type of pain usually indicates one of two things: you have a headache or a migraine. While the symptoms between the two can be similar, there are specific differences that distinguish between a run-of-the-mill headache and a full-blown migraine attack. If you have experienced chronic debilitating headaches since you were a child, your migraine condition could be possibly hereditary.

Check out the information below to better determine if your headaches are minor symptoms or more severe hereditary migraine issues.

Symptoms v. Migraine Symptoms

Typically a headache will last only a few hours and does not include high sensitivity to light and sound. However, a migraine headache can last a minimum of 72 hours and up to several days for severe conditions. You can determine if your headache may be a migraine if you are experiencing the following in addition to pain:

·    Nausea

·    Vomiting

·    Dizziness

·    Light-Sensitivity

·    Blind Spots & Tracers

·    Headache lasting several days

·    Severe pain on one side of the head

Any of the symptoms above are a strong indicator that you may be experiencing migraine attacks. Consult your primary health care physician for advice on effective migraine treatment options for your condition.

Circumstances v. Genetic Predisposition

A headache is usually caused by external circumstances such as over-exposure to sunlight, food deprivation, or sleep deprivation. It can generally be treated by rest, eating, or over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

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It’s essential to consult a licensed specialist who can analyze your genetics and family history to determine if you are predisposed to migraine attacks and provide effective treatment options to manage migraine symptoms.

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