What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

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DIFFERENTIATING a migraine headache from a traditional headache, and vice versa is important. It can mean faster relief through better treatments.

Headaches are unpleasant pains in your head that can cause pressure and ache. The pain can range from mild to severe, and they usually occur on both sides of your head.

Some specific areas where headaches can occur include the forehead, temples, and back of the neck. A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to a week.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common headache type is a tension headache. Triggers for this headache type include stress, muscle strain, and anxiety.

Migraine headaches are intense or severe and often have other symptoms in addition to head pain. This includes nausea, pain in the temples, seeing spots or lights, sensitivity to sound and/or sound, and vomiting.

Migraine headaches will typically only affect one side of the head. Most of the time, migraines are “triggered” by various factors.