When Is Your Headache A Migraine?

By Health First on January 10, 2012 in Headache, Migraine

According to the National Headache Foundation, 28 million Americans suffer from migraines.   Migraines are a severe form of headache and a chronic neurological condition or disorder, which is associated with not only severe headaches, but also nausea and disruptions in vision.  In some cases, they can be debilitating, and in others less frequent and milder.  However, when can you truly know you are suffering from migraines, and what should you do about them?

When is your headache a migraine?

It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your headaches are truly migraines, but there are some common indicators that are associated with migraine headaches.  A migraine is usually associated with an intense throbbing or painful pulsating in a specific area, and usually followed by or accompanied by nausea and vomiting.  Additionally, migraines can create an intense sensitivity to light and sound, and sensory warning signs associated with your vision can precede them.  For example, migraine sufferers may experience flashes of light, auras, and blind spots.  Here is a list of the symptoms associated with migraines:

  • Head pain on one side or in one location
  • Throbbing or pulsing pain in a specific location
  • Sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision, blind spots, or aura sensations

These symptoms are what you typically experience during a migraine, but following the attack, you may still experience light pain in the head as well as a general feeling of lightheadedness.  These are the typical symptoms associated with migraines, but you should always make sure you see the doctor if you are experiencing a frequent debilitating headache.

When to come by Health First?

People can often go a long time without receiving a diagnosis for their migraines.  If frequent headaches, and the symptoms listed above are something you experience on a regular basis, then do not hesitate to come by Health First.  We will help you find a quality solution to treat your condition.  When you visit us in regards to your headaches or migraines, you should remember that we have a variety of options to help treat your condition.  We want to help you get to the root of your problems, and find a specific solution that meets your needs.  If your headaches are impacting your quality of life, then it is time to come by and see us!