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Headaches and migraines is something we can all relate to. Whether it be headache due to work, stress or even having one too many drinks at a night out. Have you however ever wonder what the difference between a headache and migraine is?Here we will explain what the differences of headaches and migraines.

Migraines affect approximately 1 billion people world wide which equals to around 15% of the population. It’s effects and pain is regarded as being more severe than headaches. Effects can be so severe that those sufferers have lost jobs, and even have had marital breakups because its cropping symptoms.

If you suffer from migraines, here are the signs and symptoms you may experience with:

  • Pain is only on one side of the head, or usually stronger on the one side
  • Nausea and vomiting usually accompanies with migraines
  • Photophobia (sensitive to light), Phonophobia (sensitive to sound) and even being sensitive to smell is also a feature of migraines
  • Aura symptoms which include any type of visual disturbances such as blurry vision, tunnel vision, seeing dark or white spots, colourful lines, or even becoming temporarily blind is also a feature
  • Dysarthria such as speech disturbances
  • Dysphagia such as difficulty with swallowing are all features of migraines

On the other hand, headache also commonly known as tension headache is the most common form of headaches. It affects approximately 1.4 billion people world wide, which equals to around 20.8% of the population.

If you suffer from tension headache here are some of the common signs and symptoms:

  • Pain usually affects both sides of the head equally
  • Pain is often felt as a tightening, squeezing, pressure type pain
  • Nausea and vomiting is typically NOT a feature of tension headache
  • Photophobia, phonophobia and sensitivity to smell is often a feature
  • Symptoms can last up to 7 days straight

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, the above symptoms would be similar to what you would feel during an attack. Having the right diagnosis is crucial in terms of correctly treating these conditions.

If you haven’t had your headaches diagnosed and still live with headaches, we strongly recommend you have your headaches assessed by an expert headache clinician.

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