Knowing the difference between a headache and a migraine can be crucial when determining a treatment plan. Here are seven signs your headache might be a migraine.
Headaches and migraines sometimes seem similar, but there are notable differences between the two.
1. You experience throbbing head pain.
A migraine usually causes throbbing pain on one side of the head.
2. Your vision becomes distorted.
A migraine may cause you to see sparkling lights, flashes and different colors.
3. You feel numb and weak.
A migraine may cause numbness and weakness on one side of the body.
4. You feel nauseous.
A migraine is frequently accompanied by nausea; In fact, research indicates eight out of 10 people who experience migraines in the United States deal with nausea.
5. Your headache lasts for several hours or days.
A migraine often lasts anywhere from two hours to three days.
6. Your headache pain worsens due to bright lights or loud sounds.
A migraine sometimes causes sensitivity to light (photophobia) and/or sound (phonophobia).
7. You experience migraine prodrome symptoms.
A migraine may begin with prodrome, a warning phase that causes food cravings, fatigue and other symptoms.
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