What is a Migraine?
Migraines are classified as benign headaches that are not caused by an underlying medical condition such as a tumor, aneurysm, or a similar medical disorder. The pain of migraine headache is often described as an intense pulsing or throbbing pain, sometimes limited to one side of the head. It may be accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and vomiting.
Is it a migraine or tension headache?
Your headache may be a migraine, if it lasts 4 –72 hours and you experience two or more of these symptoms:
- it is located on one side of your head
- you experience intense throbbing pain
- your headache pain increases with activity
- your headache pain is moderate to severe
- you experience at least one of these symptoms
- you experience nausea and/or vomiting
- you are sensitive to light and sound
- your headache started with aura: illusions of light at least five attacks
Your headache may be a tension headache, if it lasts: 30 min to 7 days and if you experience two or more symptoms below:
- it is located on both sides of the head
- it is a dull, achy, non-pulsating pain
- it is not aggravated by normal activity
- it has mild to moderate pain
- it does not cause nausea or vomiting
- it does not cause sensitivity to light or sound