Most of us are familiar with the ache in the temples and experience it from time to time. But, do you ever question yourself whether it’s a headache, common for half to three quarters of adults aged 18–65 years, or a migraine?
Let’s look at the main difference between headaches and migraines, their causes, symptoms — and what you can do to prevent them or minimize their effects.
Headache is a pain in your head, face, and sometimes in the upper neck. The pain is usually mild and dull, mainly felt throughout the slump and forehead. Headaches fall into two categories: primary and secondary, caused by an underlying medical condition.
There are several types of primary headaches:
Headaches usually occur because of:
Indeed, a migraine can be called a particular case of a headache. However, migraines usually come with more symptoms than just a simple headache.
It’s important to note that migraine is a neurological condition and can become chronic with severe throbbing pain for 15 or more headache days per month.
Usually, people with migraines might experience the following:
Migraines are often divided into two categories: migraines with aura and without.
Migraines without aura happen without specific signs. However, they might be accompanied by anxiety or fatigue. This type of migraine is the most common in the population.
People who suffer from migraines with aura have some sensations 10 to 30 minutes before getting a migraine. These might include feeling less mentally alert or having trouble thinking, seeing flashing lights, or having an unusual sense of taste or smell.
Migraine risk factors include:
The main triggers for migraines are:
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Pay attention to the headaches you have and the symptoms you experience before the actual headache starts. If any signs of an aura occur, consult a physician to avoid triggers and reduce the frequency of your migraines.