Are you having a headache or a migraine?

There is nothing worse than having a headache, some are more serious than others. Thus it is important to understand the symptoms so you don’t make a mistake in self-diagnosis and miss vital treatment. We will review below some of the most common types of headaches and their differences.

Telling the difference between a common headache and a migraine

A headache – a pain that occurs in the forehead, temples or the back of the neck is often harmless and falls under 2 broad categories: common headaches and migraines.

How do you tell them apart?

Headaches vs Migraines

Common Headaches
A typical headache usually lasts between 30 minutes and a few hours.
The most common headache type is a tension headache, which is associated with:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Eye / muscle strain

Migraine pain tends to come on gradually and become progressively more severe as compared to tension headaches. Usually a throbbing or pulsing sensation, and it can be accompanied by nausea or vomiting.

Triggers may include:

Headaches can range from being a mild inconvenience to being quite severe. Don’t suffer in silence and speak with a WhiteCoat GP to help identify and get treatment so you don’t need to endure another painful episode Click here to find out more about WhiteCoat GP service.