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   Posted 6/28/2007 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I can never tell if I have a migrain or a headache. What's the difference.. if theres any that is. the only thing I've been told is that migranes hurt more but I still cannot tell which is which.
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   Posted 7/6/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, what you've been told is a little off the mark.  A headache is a headache--it is the prescence of headpain.  A migraine is a little trickier but not necessarily always worse.  Migraines can be difficult to diagnose, but they are generally characterized by "migraine-like symptoms."  These include aura (visual or otherwise), lethargy, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, muscular pain, parakinesia, anxiety, etc......the main idea is that it's usually a headache accompanied by some of these other symptoms.  Though many of us have experienced headache-free migraines: sometimes experiencing aura or confusion with other symptoms without a spike of (or the prescence of) headpain. 
It's a kind of fuzzy definition because of how little we know about how migraines originate.  So, instead, we try to judge as best as we can with (often subjective) symptoms.

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Post Edited (korbnep) : 7/6/2007 8:25:21 PM (GMT-6)

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