Is It a Headache or a Migraine?
When your head is hurting and past the point of just being annoying, could you actually have a migraine? If you’re unsure about whether or not you’re experiencing a migraine, long-time sufferers will probably tell you that you’re not. Basically, in their words, “If you’re having a migraine, you’ll know it.”
Migraine Headache Symptoms
Unlike the temporary headaches associated with a hangover or illness that passes along with the condition, migraines can last for days. They’re also not “just a headache,” for lack of a better phrase, because in addition to being much more intense, they are also accompanied by the following headache symptoms like:
- increased sensitivity to noise
- increased sensitivity to light
- flashing lights
- colored auras
- temporary loss of vision (migraine blindness)
- eye pain
In fact, many people in the throes of a migraine will retreat to the quietest and darkest space they can find until it passes.
Simply put, it’s a next-level, major league headache.
Migraine Causes and Triggers
So what causes a migraine? Unfortunately, it’s not one single thing for everybody, and even migraine sufferers have varying triggers and attack intensities at different points in their lives. Stress, lack of sleep, hormones, diet, and even changes in the weather may trigger a migraine.
Start a Migraine Log to Achieve Relief
If you do suffer from migraines, one of the best methods to discover a possible solution is to carefully document when each migraine occurred (especially time of day), everything you ate and drank over the previous twenty fours hours, and the location and intensity of the pain.
If you’re a female (about 75% of migraine sufferers), note where you are in your menstrual cycle, as that may also be playing a role.
Professional Treatment for Chronic Migraine Headaches
Remember, frequent or sudden headaches, especially severe ones, may be a sign of something more threatening. If you have questions, make an appointment with your doctor or visit a convenient AppleCare clinic nearby. We’d be happy to discuss the best course of treatment for your migraine relief.