5 Signs Your Headache is a Migraine

A headache might bother you after a tense day or after a restless night. However, for the many people who suffer from chronic migraines, headaches can become a more serious, regular concern. Migraine headaches aren't exactly the same as tension headaches, which are occasionally experienced by just about everyone. If you get migraines, you might need medical help to keep your headaches from becoming seriously debilitating.

If you want to get a grip on your headache pain, get in touch with the experts at RehabOne Medical Group in Los Gatos, San Jose, Gilroy, and Salinas, California. Our team can diagnose your migraines and guide you toward potentially helpful therapies. Here are five clues that may shed light on whether your headaches are regular ones or migraines. 

1. Sensitivity to light, smell, sound, or touch

While headaches are characterized by regular or intermittent aching or throbbing pain, migraines can add an additional range of symptoms. With a migraine, the pain can be on one or both sides of your head, and you may also experience increased sensitivity to light, smell, sound, or touch.

2. Nausea or vomiting

In addition to head pain and increased sensitivity to stimuli, you may also experience nausea or episodes of vomiting when a migraine comes on. You may also feel weakness or numbness on one side of your body during a migraine.

3. Pre-headache aura

You might also perceive visual or auditory disturbances ― called an “aura” ― before a migraine headache starts. Untreated migraines can last anywhere from 4-72 hours, and they can leave you feeling weak, exhausted, and possibly even mentally confused.

4. Pre-existing risk factors

Some people are at a greater risk of suffering migraines than others. You could have a higher risk if you:

5. A family history

Certain medications and having a family history of migraines can also increase your chances of suffering from migraine headaches. If your relatives suffer from migraines, it might be a good idea to get checked out for the same condition, especially if you struggle with recurring headaches.

Treating migraines

If you think your chronic headaches could be migraines, reach out for a doctor's opinion. You may find that you can effectively treat your condition once you have the right diagnosis. At RehabOne Medical Group, we can put together a plan to help you cope with and manage your condition. 

We may recommend a number of options to help you manage or prevent your migraine headaches, including:

If you have migraine headaches and want treatment, or if you want to see if you suffer from migraines, book an appointment over the phone with RehabOne Medical Group today.

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