Is it a migraine?

What to know about the different types of headaches.

Your head hurts. You want relief. But is it a migraine or a different type of headache? Knowing what you have will help you get better treatment – and help you get rid of the pain quicker. Here’s what you should know.

All headaches aren’t the same.

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, according to the Oregon Health & Science University. They’re marked by mildly intense, nonpulsating pain and are not associated with nausea or vomiting. Routine physical movement doesn’t worsen the pain, and you may be sensitive to sounds or light – but not both.

Migraines, on the other hand, are marked by moderate to severe pain that has a throbbing or pulsating quality. Routine physical movement makes the pain worse, and these headaches are associated with nausea and vomiting or sensitivity to light and sounds. These are just two of the many types of headaches – to learn even more, check out this webpage from Mayo Clinic.

Get the right treatment.

Once you know what kind of headache you have, you can get the right treatment – and get feeling better ASAP. Just make sure you always talk with your doctor about your symptoms – and your overall health – before taking any medications.

Your doctor will probably recommend common over-the-counter medications for tension headaches. The medications for migraines usually require a prescription, and your doctor will know which will work best for you. But medication isn’t the end of the story. When you have a migraine, Mayo Clinic stresses the importance of doing this as well:

And to help prevent migraines before they even start, try these tips:

There you have it – some quick tools to help you deal with migraines and other types of headaches. Ask your doctor for even more tips, and stay a-head of the game in managing your pain. Bad pun fully intended!

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