How to Tell it is Migraine and not just a Headache

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Mar 16, 2013

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  • Migraine is moderate to severe headache.
  • It is either limited to one side of the head or may involve both sides.
  • Pain usually worsens with physical activity.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound is another characteristic.

Migraine is not a disease of adults. It can begin at any age; childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraine is a kind of headache and in a typical migraine attack; the person may have some or all of the following symptoms.


migraine symptoms


  • Moderate to severe headache (it may be limited to one side of the head or may involve both sides).
  • Pulsating or throbbing pain.
  • Worsening of pain with physical activity.
  • Pain may interfere with your regular activities.
  • Feeling of nausea. It may or may not be associated with vomiting.
  • Sensitivity to light and sound.


If the migraine attack is not treated, it usually lasts from four to 72 hours. The frequency, with which migraine attacks occur, varies from person to person. Some people may have migraine headaches several times a month and others can get them occasionally. Migraine headaches can be classified in two categories:

  • Migraines without auras.
  • Migraines with auras.


Migraines without Auras

This is more common than migraines with auras and it is also called common migraine.



Migraines with Auras

This type of migraine is also called classic migraine. A person affected with migraine with auras can experience changes in vision such as seeing flashes of light and feeling pins and needles in one arm or leg during or before an attack. Some people can experience one or more of the following sensations of premonition (prodrome) several hours or a day or so before the headache actually strikes:

  • Feelings of elation or vigorous energy.
  • Intense desire to have sweets.
  • Thirst.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Irritability or depression.
  • The urge to see a doctor.


Experts say that migraines are often undiagnosed and untreated in many people. If you think you have signs and symptoms of migraine, note all your symptoms such as how often it occurs, how long it lasts and how you treated them. Consult your doctor to discuss your headaches and make a treatment plan. It is important to consult your doctor if you notice pattern changes in your headache or the headaches suddenly feel different.




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  • ambrish16 Mar 2013

    is every headache is migrane, as so many time i feel that after a heavey meal

  • divya05 Nov 2012

    i m daily felling headache in travelling and some tim get irritated very easily and want too shout nd cry. so is dis a migrane

  • divya05 Nov 2012

    i m daily hvng pain in my left side of my head is it a migraine

  • tochann03 Nov 2012

    i am suffering from continious pain in forehead .. is it migrain??

  • neetu 22 Sep 2012

    i m suffring from headache, some time in one side of head or sometime on fore head, mean above eye brows, is it migrain

  • priya12 Sep 2012

    nice article with great information

  • kumar12 Sep 2012

    migraine ke liye ache upaye hai

  • sushma arora20 May 2012

    i m suffring with headache,during this somtime feel to laugh,some time it migrain