What’s The Difference Between a Headache and a Migraine Video Report

Headaches – most of us have had them now and then. Migraines – they’re a separate medical condition suffered by more than 37 million people, 13 percent of American adults. For 2 to 3 million migraine sufferers, the problem is chronic.

What’s the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Migraine sufferers commonly also have:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Duration — a migraine can last from four hours to three days or more.

Migraines can run in a family or be caused by:

  • Stress
  • Foods with nitrates and MSG such as hotdogs and processed lunch meat
  • Caffeine
  • Weather changes — storm fronts, barometric pressure changes, strong winds or changes in altitude
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Sleep problems

Headaches can be caused by a number of medical conditions. If you get headaches often, be aware of what triggers them and avoid those things. Triggers can be things like certain foods, smells or alcohol.

Also, get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, limit stress and eat regular meals since a drop in blood sugar can cause headaches.

If you have concerns about headaches, see your health care professional.

Medications and other treatments can help people who suffer from headaches or migraines. Follow the directions for over-the-counter medications. Taking too many of some drugs can cause something we call medication overuse headache.

Learn more about different types of headaches and migraines, and what you can do about them in a special video report with Dr. Akram Dastagir, a neurologist at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Try these holistic approaches for migraine relief.

Another medical treatment option is Craniosacral Therapy.

Meet the Author

Akram Hussain Dastagir, MD is a Neurologist at Aurora Neuroscience Innovation Institute in Milwaukee, WI.

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The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.

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