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Difference Between Migraine And Headache – We All Need To Know

Migraine is often confused with a headache. Severe headaches are commonly termed by the layman as migraines but this is not correct. There are certain differences between the two. The triggering factors of headache and migraine are different along with the symptoms. Tension headaches and migraines are chronic as well as episodic. Tension headaches are prevalent amongst 70-80 % of Pakistan’s population while migraines are commonly seen among 14-15% population within Pakistan. In order to identify the difference let’s have a look at tension headaches and migraine in detail.

TYPE OF PAIN EXPERIENCED IN HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE

Tension headache results in circumferential, squeezing effect over the patient’s head. It occurs due to the muscle contraction located between the neck and head. The tension headache results in mild to moderate pain. It lasts for a few days in severe conditions while usually, it lasts for 30 minutes to a few hours. Migraine on the other hand results in moderate to severe type of throbbing pain at the sides or front of the head. The migraine pain consistently occurs over a few days along with other symptoms known as an aura.

SYMPTOMS PRIOR TO ATTACK DURING TENSION HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE

Tension headache does not result in prior symptoms. Migraine results in auras or warning signs. The aura symptoms include psychological, visual, physiological and auditory. It occurs due to the neurological effects of the brain. The patient is unable to perceive objects visually resulting in sparkles, star, colored spots, flashing or dark lights, and jagged lines. Visual symptoms are also accompanied by light sensitivity. The migraine patient also experiences hearing and speech disturbances. The patient also
suffers from mood swings, thirst, hunger, tiredness, confusion, memory changes, and others. Migraine also results in physiological symptoms like weakness, vertigo, tingling sensation, increased urination, fainting, and others.

TRIGGERING FACTORS FOR TENSION HEADACHE AND MIGRAINE

Tension headaches occur due to stress, depression, anxiety, poor posture, tiredness, and others. Migraine, on the other hand, occurs due to chemical reactions within the brain or hormonal changes within the body.

SYMPTOMS OF MIGRAINE AND TENSION HEADACHES DURING THE BOUT

During tension headaches, the patient does not suffer from associated signs and symptoms. However, during migraines patient has head pain. He is unable to perform daily activities. He or she might feel fatigued and tiredness and may need rest. Migraine patients suffer from aura signs and symptoms.

MIGRAINE AND HEADACHE TREATMENT WITH BioFlex

During tension headaches, the patient does not suffer from associated signs and symptoms. However, during migraines patient has head pain. He is unable to perform daily activities. He or she might feel fatigued and tiredness and may need rest. Migraine patients suffer from aura signs and symptoms.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR TENSION HEADACHES AND MIGRAINE

Tension headache treatment involves over the counter medicines or relaxation techniques. For tension headache treatment, the patient might need to visit the doctor occasionally for consultation regarding the treatment. Migraine treatment involves the prevention against triggering factors by evaluating the warning symptoms during the aura phase. Migraine pain treatment is effective if you know about the symptoms during the aura stage. Migraine treatment including certain medicines, supplements, contact lenses, colored lenses within the glasses along with other therapy is effective.

BioFlex SERVICES

Bioflex laser therapy is highly effective in delivering the precise dosage of radiations in order to treat the painful area. It helps in resolving the painful headaches and migraines.
In order to achieve proper migraine pain treatment and tension headache treatment, you need to evaluate the signs and symptoms of headaches. Consult your doctor and discuss the symptoms with your doctor in order to achieve a proper diagnosis.

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