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A Guide To Understanding Your Migraines.

Distinguishing Between a Migraine and a Headache

Before we start talking about migraine pain it is important to understand the common misconception between headaches and migraines. These two terms are used interchangeably because they both may have one distinctive similarity: your head may hurt, but not all migraines come with pain in the head.

Headaches can happen for many reasons.

Tension headaches are the most common types of headaches that take place at the temple or back of the head. Over-the-counter pain-releasing medicines usually help treat the pain. Cluster headaches are stabbing pain inside the eyes, and they affect more men than women. Sinus headaches are headaches that take place when sinuses are inflamed, usually because there’s an infection.

Migraines, on the other hand, are caused by electrolyte imbalance as a result of an overstimulated brain. No two migraines are the same, everyone suffers different symptoms, so it is vital to understand your body and the signs that trigger a migraine.


may only last for a very short time and have no other symptom associated with them. They are not as severe as migraines and don’t affect day-to-day activities.


last anywhere from 4 hours to several days and have many symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness, vertigo, and auras associated with them. In addition, migraines have prodromes(before migraine) and postdromes(after migraine).

Migraines are not at all like headaches.

Learn more about migraine pain here.

Knowing the difference between a migraine and a headache is essential to receiving adequate treatment.



Migraines often begin much earlier in one's life than believed. Migraines often start as early as infancy and show up as colic in babies. In males, migraines will most typically start at puberty. In females, we find that for most, migraines increase in menopause, while some literature suggests that migraines reduce after menopause. Migraineurs are more likely to end up with metabolic disorders, such as type II diabetes It is estimated that at least 39 million Americans live with migraines, but because many people aren't diagnosed, the actual number is higher. Migraine are genetic and run in families. 90% of people who suffer from migraines are unable to function or work properly during their migraine

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