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How to Tell Difference Between Migraine and Tension Headache

How to Tell Difference Between Migraine and Tension Headache

Even Doctors Can Get Confused by Migraines and Tension Headaches

 migraine vs tension headache

The American Headache Society reports that migraines and tension type headaches (TTH) account for 90% of primary headaches. Yet, many head pain sufferers receive the wrong diagnosis and ineffective treatment because of confusing and sometimes overlapping symptoms.

Here’s a quick checklist showing the main features of each type of headache taken from Aaaa Orange Ca Chiropractor on Google+

Tension Headache

  • Located on back of head, can spread to front above eyes, can be one sided or both, but more commonly both sides
  • Most commonly reported as a “band around head” sensation
  • Non pulsating
  • Not affected by routine activity
  • No nausea, vomiting
  • Can be light or sound sensitive but not both

Migraine Headache

  • Usually one sided encompassing the eye, and for that patient always same side.
  • Can be “hemicranial” entire one side of head
  • Pulsating
  • Affected by routine activity
  • Nausea, and sometimes vomiting
  • Can have aura or prodrome: flashing lights, light headed, odd smell, yawning, neck stiffness, tiredness preceding headache
  • Light and sound sensitive

Headache relief starts with the correct diagnosis. Not sure what type of headache you have? Need headache relief treatment?

Call (714) 938-0575 for a special $49 New Headache Patient offer. Visit includes everything you need to discover what type of headache you have (headache questionnaire, headache exam, x-rays), your first head pain relieving treatment and a personalized headache action plan. Call now to enjoy your life headache free.

headache book by dr barry marksDr. Marks is the author of “5 Common Causes Headaches: 3 Steps to Relief” A patient’s step-by-step guide to diagnosing and finding relief from headaches