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Headaches and Migraines

It is important to distinguish the difference between these two types of head pains. Doing so can lead to faster relief through better treatments and can prevent or lessen the impact of future headaches. We can treat headaches and migraines in a variety of different ways or a combination of treatments.

Headaches
Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head that can cause pressure and aching. The pain can range from mild to severe, and they usually occur on both sides of your head. Some specific areas where headaches can occur include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week. The most common types of headaches are tension, cluster, and sinus, while more rare forms are chiari or thunderclap headaches.

Migraines
Migraines are often intense to severe head pains, and often include other symptoms. Those symptoms may include: nausea, pain behind one eye or ear, pain in the temples, seeing spots or flashing lights, sensitivity to light/sound, temporary vision loss, or vomiting. When compared with tension or other headache types, migraine headache pain can be moderate to severe. Some people may experience headaches so severe they seek care at an emergency room. Migraine headaches will typically affect only one side of the head. However, it is possible to have a migraine headache that affects both sides of the head. Other differences include the painís quality: A migraine headache will cause intense pain that may be throbbing and will make performing daily tasks very difficult.



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