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"Are migraine headaches just a more painful version of a normal headache?"
I have had very bad headaches. Are they actually migraines? What is the difference between a migraine and a headache. Is a migraine just a really bad headache?
No, there are several different types of headaches that people can have. A migraine headache is only a particular type of headache. But people may have various kinds of headache, at different times depending on the cause or situation. For example commonly people can have a tension headache, the most common type fo headache which is due to muscle contraction. Migraine headaches are a type of headache can have various different causes. Although the exact cause is not known, it is thought that the headaches maybe due to changes in the blood vessels causing them to spasm. They can cause severe pounding pain. There are associated symptoms of light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting or pain. Sinus headaches are headaches that are present in the cheeks or forehead, and sinus type symptoms of fevers or nasal discharge. In addition, women can often get headaches during menstruation related to hormonal changes. Rarely patients can also have cluster headaches which is burning type of headache with pain behind the eye and occur in clusters every so often. If you do experience significant migraine headaches, there are several types of treatments available that you can try, including over the counter and prescription medication. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms in greater detail as soon as possible.
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